What Does Glycerin Do?

Decorating By QueenMo Updated 22 May 2010 , 9:24pm by SugarFrosted

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QueenMo Posted 22 May 2010 , 8:38pm
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Hi! i know what glycerin is used for as i have seen it in fondant recipes, but what does it do, specifically? i always thought knowing the science behind something helps a person be better at their craft, yes?

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BlakesCakes Posted 22 May 2010 , 8:56pm
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Glycerin is a very mild sweetener, and may help preserve foods.

Primarily, it helps hold in moisture and makes the fondant soft & pliable. It's used in soaps and hand lotions for the same reason.


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SugarFrosted Posted 22 May 2010 , 9:24pm
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I keep a bottle of glycerin handy to add a few drops to gel food colors that have gotten thick or dried out a bit. Stir, stir, stir! It helps to get them back to a usable state.

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