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what does glycerin do?

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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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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.

Rae
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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.
Anna (105 lbs lost since June 1, 2009)
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