Last year I found edible glitter covered chocolates online through a company in Florida called "Bedazzle My Bonbons". It looked pretty cool, so I did some more homework and found a company in Florida that actually promoted and sold the edible glitter! WooHoo! The company was www.SunFlowerSugarArtUSA.com. The owner's name was Pilar Gonzalez.
I ordered some glitter and made cool lollipops. They have been a huge hit, and I have spent considerable time and money incorporating the ability to purchase products made with the edible glitter into our software.
Prior to my first order I also asked Pilar if the glitter was food safe and she said yes, citing examples of chefs and chocolatiers all over the US who regularly use the glitter (Disco dusts as she calls them) on food items.
I recently ordered more, and right after the glitter arrived I was asked by the Canada Food Inspection Agency to provide the ingredient list for the glitter. I called and emailed the company many times, asking for them to send the person at the CFIA the appropriate ingredient information.
She remained silent about the ingredients, but was very persistent about getting paid for the glitter.
Today, in a heated telephone discussion, she started yelling at me and let it slip that the glitter was deemed "safe for cosmetic use", and called me a bunch of nasty names when I told her I wasn't going to pay for the glitter I ordered if it wasn't deemed safe for food use, and I couldn't use it with our Chocolate.
IMPORTANT!!!! THE DISCO DUST I FORMERLY PROMOTED HERE ON THIS FORUM IS NOT CERTIFIED BY THE FDA OR CFIA AS SAFE FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION!!! DO NOT BUY IT TO USE ON FOOD!!!
I wish people were honest about what they promote and sell....
Now having said that, I'm looking for edible glitter that is safe for human consumption. Does anyone know of any? I would really hate to have to remove such a popular product from our inventory.
Underscores the importance of understanding both your suppliers, and local legislation, eh 8-) I've not spent any time looking into this, but my gut rxn is that it's driven largely by EU legislation, which breaks things down quite differently than in North America, and they have a different view on things that are more commonly accepted here, such as TiO2 and mica. My guess is that outfit is also not making their product, but simply reselling it, which does raise the question of who's making it, and what are their quality standards to ensure food safety is met? Many resellers are blissfully ignorant of quality systems, food laws, and/or rely on what their supplier told them (said supplier having a vested interest in having them buy their product, of course). If the mfr is in another country, they probably don't understand the legislation of all countries (in fact, they may not even understand the legislation of their own country...). It's exactly the reason why large food mfrs will have very robust supplier quality assurance programs, question everything the supplier says, and normally mandate the process and/or specs of the product vs just accepting what the supplier gives them.
Edible glitters and similar are used in cake decorating. Most large cake decorating suppliers sell a variety of similar dusts and glitters. Check out this company: http://www.cakedeco.com/ I can highly reccomend them as well as www.ChefRubber.com. or www.wilton.com
There have been controversys about just how edible certain dusts, dragee and glitters really are...........and I do understand what's edible in one country may not be in another.
I'm sure you can find what you need at the companys I've mentioned. If you need further help sourcing your glitter, feel free to contact me. I'm a pastry chef with a cake decorating background. At the worst, you may need to grind the legally edbile glitter into a dust, where you can then apply it as you've been doing. If you can show me your product I can probably dirrect you to the right product.
I think I have found a solution.
The FDA has deemed that Mica glitter does not have to be certified, and can be used as a food additive provided it doesn't amount to more than 3% of the weight of the food, AND the person consuming it does not eat more than 1.86 grams per day (That's a LOT). See the article below:
The next step would be to make sure it does not carry any pathogens, and this can be easily done by heat treating it in one of our ovens for an hour.
This has been a stressful journey just to bling out some chocolate! Yikes.