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I have read alot of information on here about how disco dust contains or is plastic. Here's where I am confused at. When you look on instagram the majority of cakes and cupcakes and cakepops topped off with disco dust. I have seen apples, strawberries, cakepops (gem pops) and other things. Are people just paying to have these things sit on the dessert table and not be eating or are people pushing this off, like it can be eaten? Dont get me wrong, its very beautiful, but how are customers getting warned about this?
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it's up to each individual decorator and baker to advise their clients and maintain high standards with safety first

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post #3 of 78

Many people are mistaken to believe that just because something is available in a cake supply shop it is edible :(

As the other poster said, it is up to each decorator to deciede what they use on or in their cakes.  Each person has to educate themselves and make up their own mind as to what to use and what not.  How will/would you feel if you found out someone at a party where you supplied the cake got sick or even worse died because of having used disco dust on it?  People who have compromised imune systems or allergies could!  Some people with allergies might not ever realize that what they are sensitive to is contained in  disco dust.

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I'm not sure if people are being told tbh.  They could be using fully edible glitters but I have don't a lot of hunting around and so far am yet to find a fully edible glitter with the same sparkle as the 'non-toxic' (but also technically inedible) glitters.

 

Until about 2 (?) years ago, these glitters were sold everywhere in cake shops and food sections of the craft shops in the UK and you would regularly see them sprinkled on cupcakes etc.  Then the issue came up in a national TV show (a contestant used glitter dust and the judge asked if it was edible) and all of a sudden, all shelves were emptied.  The pots said 'non-toxic' on them and so people assumed it was safe to eat...apparently not the case.  Back then, I was just baking for myself and family and I have to say, I used them (and ate it) and I'm still here ;-) but certainly wouldn't do so now.  I have used them for cakes since (to make numbers on birthday cakes sparkle for example) but specify on the order form that these items should be removed before eating.

 

It is slightly strange though as you make flowers our of flowerpaste and paint them with petal dust to create 'completely edible' sugar flowers...yet looking at my petal dust, it just says that it is 'non-toxic' as well! hmmm...

post #5 of 78

Does anyone know what is actually in it?

post #6 of 78

Plastic.  It's finely ground plastic glitter.  Yum!

post #7 of 78

It doesn't matter how much info is out there explaining the potential dangers of using these products; many people simply don't care. I've written about this twice Non-Toxic Does Not = Edible but still get inquiries about where to purchase and how much to charge. 

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post #8 of 78

Earlier this year, I was on a recipe sharing site. Someone posted a recipe for homemade "Glamor Peeps." You piped the homemade marshmallow mixture into the shape of peeps, and then COVERED them in disco dust. Aaaaaahhhh. I commented on the recipe saying that Disco Dust is not edible and is a plastic glitter. Just went back to the site recently and my comment had been removed and the recipe is still there. Yay. :???:

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post #9 of 78
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Wow, I really wonder what the decorators tell the customers. If they even tell them at all. All of the work looks so beautiful.
post #10 of 78

I just realized it is not non-toxic as well. I never used it before but see it all over cake pops in pictures. Guess I will not be using it for that purpose. I had a bride ask for it on a ribbon on a Styrofoam tier, now that I know it is not safe to eat I feel like I should not have bought it and might as well have bought glitter at the craft store. Ugh.

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post #11 of 78

Omg, that's horrible about the blogger removing the comment that it's not edible!

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post #12 of 78

when disco dust first came out or when i became aware of it years ago--it clearly said, 'not edible' so i never got into it--

 

yeah it's still sold all over--

 

most all of these products are clearly labeled--

if you had your own tv show what would be your favorite commercial/sponsor

i think i'd like ghirardelli and hershey for starters...

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if you had your own tv show what would be your favorite commercial/sponsor

i think i'd like ghirardelli and hershey for starters...

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post #13 of 78

You see it all over Pinterest because Pinterest is FULL of fake styled shoots.  That's the way wedding coordinators advertise - they call a florist, a cake maker, a dress ship, a tux shop, a linen shop etc, get a venue, set it up and and its a photo shoot, 100% completely fake.  They take the pictures and submit them to all the big wedding blogs and magazines and hope they get picked up.  It's the new way to get "published".  If you see a cake or dessert on Pinterest and it's perfectly lite uo, sitting on an antique sideboard in the middle of the forest, you are looking at a fake photos hoot.

 

Bloggers do it too - I've seen countless blogs by "big names" that basically make a "recipe", photograph it and put it on the internet.  All they need is a photo of something that sort of looks like what they were trying to blog about and BOOM.  Done. Count the money.

 

This past Thanksgiving I was looking for a twist on a pumpkin pie.  I came across a VERY popular blog that each entry had over 300 comments on every entry.  It had a recipe for a no-bake pumpkin pie.  I had every "ingredient" in my pantry so I gave it a try.  Not only was it one of the worst things I've put in my mouth, it looked NOTHING like all the pretty, perfectly lighted, perfectly styled slices of pie photos all over that blog.  I stopped reading the comments after 200 or so because all they said was "OMGYOUARESOSMARTBESTIDEAEVARCANTWAITOTRY".  Not a single, "THIS IS DISGUSTING AND A FAKE RECIPE"

 

Pinterest used to be a great idea - but it's just a big fake advertising board for magazines, wedding coordinators, and bloggers to fill people's heads with ideas of stuff that is completely unobtainable and fake - and it also shows them all the fake, dangerous, poisonous stuff people can "eat" because they saw it on Pinterest,

 

One last truth here - I used used be really into photography back in the day of using real film.  I took a semester on food styling.  The very 1st project?  Breakfast cereal.  Know what they use as milk on breakfast cereal in photo shoots and commercials?  ELMER'S GLUE.  It photographs much better, doesn't make the project soggy and gets to the perfect consistency once the studio lights shine on it and warm it up.

 

And disco dust is plastic craft glitter.  You can save yourself a mint by buying a coffee grinder and just buy tubs of the stuff at Michaels.  Same stuff.

post #14 of 78

all that's true plus--

 

i worked at a place that used it liberally 

 

in fact it was the crowning glory addition put on by the owner--omg omg omg

if you had your own tv show what would be your favorite commercial/sponsor

i think i'd like ghirardelli and hershey for starters...

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if you had your own tv show what would be your favorite commercial/sponsor

i think i'd like ghirardelli and hershey for starters...

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post #15 of 78

Truly talented decorators do not need disco dust to make their cakes shine!!!

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