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US source for edible fine glitter/rainbow dust (not flakes)?

Scirocco Nov 28, 2010 09:19 AM

My cousin in England uses a very fine glitter on her cupcakes all the time and it is beautiful. I can't seem to find it here in the states. She uses the brand Rainbow Dust Sparkles which I have only been able to locate online via the UK, Australia and New Zealand - nothing in the US. She has offered to ship me some, but it seems crazy to spend int'l shipping for such an inexpensive item.

The Rainbow Dust Sparkles are a lot different from the glitter I have found online here in the states. The only thing I can find is like a glitter flake and is much larger than the Rainbow Dust. Admittedly, some of the online sources are also a little hard to tell what they would look like on the product.

Didn't know if anyone has used this and/or had luck finding this here in the states (or online that doesn't require int'l shipping). I've seen it on eBay, but it is via England.

I'll attach a couple pics of what my cousin uses and its effect. they come in all sorts of colors.

Thanks for any help!

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  1. blue room RE: Scirocco Nov 28, 2010 09:36 AM

    Is this colored sugar, like would be used in a cotton candy machine?

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      Scirocco RE: blue room Nov 28, 2010 02:08 PM

      No, it's definitely a fine glitter. It looks just like what you'd use in crafts. My cousin just emailed me again and said that its label says "non-toxic" but also "non-edible" - meaning I guess that it won't hurt you, but also will not be digested normally.

      I'm guessing the FDA here maybe wouldn't approve it for food use? It is apparently used in other countries for baking decoration without problem. My cousin has never had a digestive issue with it and she uses it and has a business selling the products. no complaints.

    2. bards4 RE: Scirocco Nov 28, 2010 09:37 AM

      Try searching for something called "luster dust". I know you can get that here in the US.

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        rabaja RE: bards4 Nov 28, 2010 09:39 AM

        I was thinking luster dust too, but the photos really make it look more like glitter. Luster dust I've used is a much finer powder.
        After googling luster dust, I found disco dust, another edible decorating dust. It seems coarser though. Anyone have experience with this disco dust?
        Such a silly name.

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          Scirocco RE: rabaja Nov 28, 2010 02:10 PM

          Ya, I had seen the luster dust too, but it didn't look as "glittery". :-/ Passed through a show on Cooking Channel just a few minutes ago and it appeared someone in CA was using it (or something like it) on some food they were making, but they didn't mention it. I'll see if I can look up the recipes. It was Beverly Hills Private Chef, so don't know if they post recipes used or not.

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        celeryroot RE: Scirocco Nov 28, 2010 12:58 PM

        You might look at King Arthur decorating sugars
        If not fine enough you could possibly plus a couple times in processor

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          Cathy RE: Scirocco Nov 28, 2010 02:12 PM


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            Scirocco RE: Cathy Nov 28, 2010 02:18 PM

            thanks Cathy, I saw those, but they are the much bigger flakes vs. true fine glitter.

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              Cathy RE: Scirocco Nov 28, 2010 04:27 PM

              For the price, especially free shipping, I'd put it in my mortar and pestle to make it finer. It is glitter.

              The luster stuff does not look glittery to me and the whole 'use it at your own risk' is enough to stop me.

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                Scirocco RE: Cathy Nov 28, 2010 06:06 PM

                Oh, I agree and KA is one of my favorite sources, but I'm not sure that it would have the same effect as the true fine glitter ground, but maybe...

                I was just hoping if it does exist here already in a fine texture, that would be the best choice.

          2. Scirocco RE: Scirocco Nov 28, 2010 02:21 PM

            I've been looking at the luster dust some more and am thinking that might work. It didn't seem very glittery in the pics I had first seen, but these look more so. Also, I hadn't seen many colors, but the link I posted here, shows more.

            Noticed it also says on its site "...non-toxic. None of these dusts are considered a food product. Purchase and use at your own risk", but it is described as a baking decoration. Lots of very positive reviews.


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              mickeygee RE: Scirocco Nov 28, 2010 04:22 PM

              Michaels Crafts has luster dust (if that what it's called) in the cake baking aisle. I would assume since it's there, it's edible. Martha Stewart references it a lot too, but I couldn't find it on her website. Do you have a good baking supply store near you? They might know a source as well.

              1. goodhealthgourmet RE: Scirocco Nov 28, 2010 04:35 PM

                scroll down to the varieties of "fine glitter dust"

                there's also:

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                  Scirocco RE: goodhealthgourmet Nov 28, 2010 06:04 PM

                  hmmm, those look like a possibility...I like that it does say "edible"! LOL

                2. BamiaWruz RE: Scirocco Nov 28, 2010 06:38 PM

                  It's also called edible or food grade mica.

                  The regular non edible mica is your mineral makeup.

                  1. blue room RE: Scirocco Nov 28, 2010 07:11 PM

                    Couldn't this be sent in an envelope from the UK? Maybe the shipping wouldn't be so bad as a package/box would be.
                    Edible glitter http://images.google.com/images?sourc... does look like fun.
                    And there's even edible real gold, too!
                    What are you planning to do with the sparkles?

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                      Scirocco RE: blue room Nov 29, 2010 09:02 AM

                      Planning to decorate cookies or cupcakes with it like my cousin does (in pics above). Just for a little holiday sparkle. :)

                      Re: shipping from England, the glitter that she uses comes in little round containers, so not flat. I suppose it could be taken out of the containers and mailed in an envelope. Probably not too bad that way, but it just seems that it must be sold somewhere around here and so much easier if I can just get it here. I'm going to try a few of the above ideas and maybe I can at least get close.

                      Thanks to everyone for the suggestions!

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                        wekick RE: Scirocco Nov 29, 2010 05:25 PM

                        Another thing to do would be take the food glitter (the commonly found kind) and work it through a very fine sieve. Take a pinch and hold it perpendicular to the sieve surface and move it back and forth, holding it over the cake or whatever you are making. It won't take very much.You could use a mortar and pestle as suggested but it may abrade the flakes of glitter and loose some of the reflectivity. I like a fine glitter too. I made a snow scene for a baby shower involving a cake using this technique.

                    2. babette feasts RE: Scirocco Nov 29, 2010 08:38 PM


                      Look under 'colorants' for 'disco sparkles'. They have a variety of colors and the trial size is probably plenty for home or small production use.

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                        Scirocco RE: babette feasts Nov 30, 2010 10:22 AM

                        just checked it out....so I assume the actual product is the glitter ON the balls, not the balls themselves? Have you used this product?

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                          babette feasts RE: Scirocco Nov 30, 2010 08:12 PM

                          I have not used the disco sparkles. Yes it is the glitter on the balls, they just do that to show the colors and textures better. I have used the fine luster dust and colored cocoa butters from chef rubber and been happy with the quality.

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                        kariface RE: Scirocco Dec 22, 2010 03:50 PM

                        CK Products is in the states and sells "fine glitter dust" - just what you're looking for!

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                          Scirocco RE: kariface Dec 29, 2010 06:18 AM

                          thanks, that is going to be my next try. It was mentioned above too. If that doesn't work, I'll try the disco sparkles.

                          I tried "pearl dust" from Wilton (which I assume is like the luster dust mentioned above), but it's much too fine. A powder. Great for some applications, but didn't work for what I wanted. :(

                          If the ck products or disco sparkles don't work, I'll just have my cousin send some rainbow sparkles. postage be damned! LOL

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