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post #1 of 32
Thread Starter 
I typically make a number of cookie bouquets each month. I have to tell you though...my LEAST favorite thing about them is getting something to stick the sticks into. I normally using dry foam from Michael's. However, they only come in the one rectangular size. So when I use a round container...I have to piece it all together. I do cover it with crinkle paper, but i feel it looks unprofessional when the customer is emptying the container to reuse. Plus I have to glue gun it in....

So I have heard several people mention using candy clay. How does that work. is it expensive to buy in bluk...is it hard to use..does it ruin the container....dry crack...etc.

Any info at all would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much.

Julia
post #2 of 32
I would think candy clay would be expensive for that use... what about just making a basic salt dough (play dough)? It's non-toxic, you can tint it, and it's pretty cheap to make...and it'll dry hard in a day or two (I don't know if the sticks would release properly, but they won't move around like they could with something that won't dry)
post #3 of 32
a tip I saw somewhere...

go to Lowes or Home Depot

get the insulating foam that comes in a squirt can for use in filling cracks

squirt into pot....remember it will double to triple or more in size (see instructions on can).

instant custom fit foam

I've also heard of this being done to make cake dummies for any shape pan.
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post #4 of 32
What a super tip Doug! Thanks for sharing. thumbs_up.gif
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post #5 of 32
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That's a great idea doug. I guess I would have to test to see if it would release the cookie. I'd hate for them to pull the cookie off the stick! icon_smile.gif

thanks for the help everyone.
post #6 of 32
Let us know if it releases the stick. That would be wonderful to use.
post #7 of 32
Seems like you could insert them after it dries. If it's too hard, you could start the holes with a screwdriver or something like that.
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post #8 of 32
Here is my thought after reading this post:

If you were to use a thin foam or clay platform in the bottom of your pot, insert large straws where you'd want your sticks positioned. Then fill in with the insulating foam, which should fill around the straws thus enabling those to be used as the stick inserts....does that make any sense or is it too much trouble to go through that many steps?

You could cut the straws off when finished so they wouldn't show, and they should all be placed evenly...no? I haven't done this myself, but why wouldn't that work?
Just thinking out loud today!
post #9 of 32
jscakes:

probably would work, so long as foam expands evenly and doesn't shove the stick around.
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post #10 of 32
that's kind of the way I was thinking there...
Someone try it and let us know!

I have straws, lollipop sticks, ummmm, that's about it on my list of ingredients!

Ha, I don't have a "Pot to ___ In" so I can't do it!
post #11 of 32
One more tip... swimming pool fun noodles. You know those giant noodles the kids use in the pool? They don't fall apart and they are round. icon_lol.gif Just cut off the slice you need and put in containter.
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post #12 of 32
Insulting foam used for a food container doesn't sound right. I know people aren't supposed to eat the container, but still.....

I like the pool noodle idea. The noodles are cheap and are big enough to use for many cookie bouqets.
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post #13 of 32
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Originally Posted by bubblezmom

Insulting foam used for a food container doesn't sound right. I know people aren't supposed to eat the container, but still.....

I like the pool noodle idea. The noodles are cheap and are big enough to use for many cookie bouqets.


Funny you should say that, Jscakes and I were having a discussion about that in the background, about whether the insulating foam is now safe for this kind of use.
I remember when it first came out, it was toxic to some degree when you were spraying it. Not sure about when it was dry, though - if it had contact with food or food items like pans. It could well have changed in the last few years, but I remember that from using it to insulate years back.
I have a brother-in-law that is an expert about these things, but he is sick at the moment so I don't want to call him.
I guess the best thing is to read the label and perhaps contact the manufacturer.
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post #14 of 32
the foam should only come in contact w/ the sticks, not the cookie. To be extra sure could cover the top of the foam w/ plastic wrap or even a coating of royal icing (tinted black to look like dirt).
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post #15 of 32
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Originally Posted by Doug

the foam should only come in contact w/ the sticks, not the cookie. To be extra sure could cover the top of the foam w/ plastic wrap or even a coating of royal icing (tinted black to look like dirt).


I was also concerned with it coming into contact with the cake pan when used for dummies. The finish of the pan too.
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