Using Stencils And Gold Glitter On Cookies-Please Help!

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KAZZA1234 Posted 22 May 2014 , 12:55am
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AHi everyone,

Iim looking for advice on making cookies with pink royal icing on them with half having a gold glittery star and the other having a gold number one. I have seen something similar online. Ican you tell me how they did it and what tools they used? Which brand luster dust/glitter would give this effect. Is the number white chocolate painted with gold and stuck on? If so, what would i use to glue it on that wouldnt ruin the cookie design when they are stored?


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KAZZA1234 Posted 22 May 2014 , 1:07am
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AActually, is the star fondant sunk into the royal icing? How would i get it so glittery?

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KAZZA1234 Posted 22 May 2014 , 1:17am
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For example, i absolutely love the 2 on this cookie and thats what i want to recreate but i dont like the gold train as its not glittery enough. Any ideas on how i would achieve the 2? Thanks

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AZCouture Posted 22 May 2014 , 2:24am
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AYeah, but that looks like disco dust to me, and it's not edible. You can't pick that off the cooky. And as far as achieving a real gold look, you'll need to use real gold leaf. There is edible gold glaze, but it's not going to be good enough for you if that train isn't shiny enough.

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maybenot Posted 22 May 2014 , 5:29am
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Definitely plastic craft glitter, a.k.a. disco dust, on the stars and 2s. 


So sad that someone ruined perfectly good cookies by adulterating them with something completely inedible--GROSS.  Sure hope whomever was turning 2 didn't eat any of that s.............stuff.


I've gotten a nice edible gold by coloring sanding sugar with Americolor gold color [just a dot in a ziploc baggy with the sugar, rubbed around until uniform] and then mixing around some Crystal Colors gold pearl [from].  No, it's not quite as bright as those cookies, but you can eat it!

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KAZZA1234 Posted 23 Jan 2015 , 3:44am
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AThanks, ive seen some other cookies by the same person and theyre selling them on etsy so they must be edible right? I suppose there is a trade off between food safe and the look i want to achieve.

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maybenot Posted 23 Jan 2015 , 5:28am
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No, they're not edible, they are not food safe--THEY HAVE BEEN ADULTERATED WITH PLASTIC CRAFT GLITTER.


The only trade off here is that someone is willing to sell something that contains an INEDIBLE decoration that cannot be removed before serving. 


If they know that the disco dust is "for decoration only", they're choosing to ignore that for the sake of making money.


If they claim to not know that it is inedible, then they haven't bothered to read the containers that it comes in, and/or they don't understand that non toxic does not equal edible.


Older containers just say non toxic, but the newer ones say, "For Arts & Crafts decoration only"--the same thing that can be said about construction paper, white craft glue, silly putty, pipe cleaners, playdoh, sequins, and crayons................and we don't eat those or serve them to others.


I've heard every lame argument for continuing to sprinkle a scrapbooking embellishment on food--"oh, it's not that much to worry about", "nobody's died yet", "I eat it and I'm fine", "everbody else is doing it", "but it looks so pretty".  I don't buy any of them.  If an eatery decided to sprinkle plastic craft glitter on food tomorrow, they'd be sued and out of business next week.


I recently contacted 3 major distributors of disco dust in the US. I asked them what it was made of.  All 3 quickly told me that it was either plastic or polymer and was not meant to be eaten.  I already knew that, but their confirmation just bolsters my belief that people who put it on food where it cannot be removed before consumption are using the product the WRONG way.

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CookieNibz Posted 23 Jan 2015 , 5:35am
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I agree with the other posters. I saw similar cookies being discussed on another thread, the consensus was it was disco dust. Something that is NOT edible! IMHO, food safety first.

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KAZZA1234 Posted 23 Jan 2015 , 5:41am
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AThanks maybenot, ill give the glitter a miss! Amazon sell it in the food section, description says non toxic and for decorating cookies and cupcakes but if i look at the pictures i can see for craft purposes only. How can they get away with selling it as a food item! I suppose I thought if ppl are selling it it cant be bad but you are right its deception.

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Apti Posted 23 Jan 2015 , 5:50am
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Originally Posted by KAZZA1234 

How can they get away with selling it as a food item! Because "they" choose to do so


When I started hobby baking in 2010, I LOVED disco dust and sprinkled it on everything.  Then I learned.  AND I STOPPED USING IT.


Since starting this darling hobby I have a huge circle of cake friends, locally, nationally, and online.  I also have quite a few friends now that own and sell cake stuff. 


Most (if not all) of these people that own and sell cake stuff sell disco dust.  Many may continue to use disco dust.  Does this mean I am going to give them heck and argue?  No.  Does this mean they are no longer my friends?  No.  This only means that I choose NOT to use or sell or give away disco dust.   But, hey, I DO eat Oreo cookies.  Have you ever read the ingredients in Oreos?   Ewwwww...... but I love 'em at room temperature dipped in milk.

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maybenot Posted 23 Jan 2015 , 9:41pm
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It's my sincere hope that other people will also learn and stop making lame excuses for continuing to put plastic on food.


I'm actually quite appalled at how people respond when calmly told that disco dust is actually plastic glitter--and I can be very calm, if straightforward


...............until they say the inevitable, "well, it hasn't made anyone sick or killed them yet" OR "no it's not!--but they've never taken one single step toward finding what it really is OR "oh, it's not that much, so who cares" OR "but everyone else does it" OR "aw, gee, it's so pretty" OR "I tell my clients that it's plastic and they don't care".....


I want to know just what kind of human being can knowingly feed another human being trash on purpose.  To me, it's akin to spitting in someone's food. 


I don't think it should take anything more than someone saying, "But, disco dust is plastic glitter."  "I've contacted the distributors and they've confirmed it for me. I can show you the emails."  "It's not to be put on food that will be eaten. It's not edible."  There should NOT be any argument after that.  Its like saying that the sun rises in the east.  It's fact. 


The proper response is, "OMG, I had no idea.  Thanks for the information.  I won't be putting it on food again."  But that's not what happens.  Instead, one [or more] of the responses above follows and then a lecture on how our food supply is already polluted, so who cares.


Crest toothpaste is removing polyethelene [plastic] microbeads from their products because: they imbed in patient's gums actually causing places for bacteria to hide and create gum disease, etc.; they are not biodegradable and they are finding their way through water systems and into the food supply [fish, in particular].  And most of these are spit out.  Disco dust on foods is eaten and goes into a place made up of pockets & folds................hmmm, just seems like a problem waiting to happen.

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