Originally Posted by KathysCC
You can buy the big sheets of plastic at Walmart or a fabric store and save a lot of money. It is the same thing. People have been using those sheets for years to roll out fondant. It is nothing new.
NO, it isn't. The Mat is food safe, the Wallie world one is not. And I have both The Mat and the plastic sheets you mention. It feels different and it SMELLS different, definitely way less chemically smelling. I am amazed that people can trust that stuff after all the news about all the other non food stuff China is sneaking into the food products they make. I wouldn't trust it just for that reason alone.
And I have said before, would I pay a few extra dollars to support a US company manufacturing something totally made from US products? A definite big YES!!!
I used The Mat to make my latest and first wedding cake shown in my phoots. It was my first wedding cake, so I was very stressed about making it. The Mat worked like a charm. I must have rolled out the fondant at least 6 times. One for the board, one to experiment on how much I needed for the bottom layer and twice for the top. It worked so well that I rolled it just a little too thin. It stretched too much and I had to reroll and recover. I just loved the panic look my DH would get the first couple of time I just picked up The Mat with the fondant sticking to it and held it up to put on the cake. The first time I thought he was going to have a heart attack on the spot.
And less shortening is best, just like the OP said.
I'm sold on it and I am even thinking of buying another just to use as a cover for my counter. I fear that wiping down the granite all the time is wearing away the sealant and I want to protect it with food safe products.