Top 10 Best Edible Gold Dust – FDA Compliant Luster Dust
Georganne Bell recently wrote a great article explaining the difference between truly “edible luster dusts” vs non-toxic luster dusts. She explains in great detail what to look for in a TRULY EDIBLE FDA COMPLIANT LUSTER DUST vs a NON EDIBLE LUSTER DUST.
So if you are looking for an FDA compliant EDIBLE gold dust that is still shiny, than read the FULL Article directly on Georganne Bell website, LilaLoa, titled;
Top Ten Best FDA Approved Edible Gold Dusts for Cookie Decorating
Difference between EDIBLE and NON-TOXIC and FDA APPROVED INGREDIENTS, FDA COMPLIANT luster dusts
WHAT IS NON-TOXIC GOLD DUST vs EDIBLE FDA COMPLIANT DUST OR GLITTER?
Edible: You can consume it and eat it (same as food-grade)
Food Grade: You can consume it and eat it (same as edible)
Non-toxic: Contains non-harmful and/ or non-toxic ingredients but is not FDA compliant (same as non-edible)
To learn more about the different types of glitters & dusts, click here
** Please note: Not ALL dusts and glitters that claim to be edible and/ or food-grade are indeed edible and/ or food-grade. In fact, more often than not, they are not. Many knock off brands “cut” their glitters and dusts with non-edible and non-FDA approved ingredients to make a quick buck. So be very careful and be sure you are buying from a trusted name brand in the cake, food, beverage or baking industry. If it is really cheap in price, chances are the dust/ glitter or the brand it’s coming from, is not using FDA compliant ingredients and the product is not edible or consumable.
Read the FDA Advisory about edible vs. non-toxic luster dusts HERE
FDA COMPLIANT GOLD LUSTER DUST + KOSHER CERTIFIED
Different Types of Edible Glitters & Edible Luster Dusts
Although they are all used for cake decorating, they have different properties and produce different effects. Here is a guide that talks you you through the primary baking/ decorating dusts & glitters on the market:
– Tinker Dusts (Edible/ Food Grade) – Bakell’s very own beautiful edible glitter/ dust product.
– Luster Dusts (Edible/ Food Grade) – Are very shiny fine grain edible pearlized powder! typically brushed on or mixed with a liquid and painted or airbrushed.
– Petal Dusts (Edible/ Food Grade) – Are very fine powder edible dusts, with vibrant matte colors, these are most often used for projects such as edible flower brushing!
– Dazzlers Dusts & Hologram Dusts (Non-Toxic) – Are very shiny, glittery, non-toxic decorating sprinkle intended for decoration.
– Highlighter Dusts (Edible/ Food Grade) – Are subsets of our Luster Dust category, but are deep in color toned & incredibly metallic. They can be used exactly as luster dusts, either applied dry or as a paint.
– Brew Glitter® (Edible/ Food Grade) – Brew Glitter® is a glittery powder made here in the USA that can be added directly to beverages to make it shine, swirl and sparkle!
Keep Reading – Top 10 Best FDA Compliant Edible Glitters
THE BEST AND SHINIEST FDA COMPLIANT EDIBLE GOLD LUSTER DUSTS ON THE MARKET
Top ten favorite edible gold luster dusts by Georganne Bell
~ Full article, “Top Ten Best FDA Approved Edible Gold Dusts for Cookie Decorating” – click here
1. Bakell — Super Gold
2. Bakell — Gold Pearl
3. Roxy and Rich — Soft Gold
4. Crystal Colors — Antique Gold
6. The Sugar Art — Wedding Gold
7. The Sugar Art — Super Gold
8. CK Products — Shiny Gold
9. CK Products — Satin Gold
10. Edible Art — Champagne Gold
Georganne Bell PERSONAL top five favorites. ..in order!
Read full article by Georganne Bell, click here
Here are my PERSONAL top five favorites…in order!
1. Bakell — Super Gold
2. Roxy and Rich — Soft Gold
3. Edible Art — Glamorous Gold
4. The Sugar Art — Wedding Gold
Article credit : Geaorganne Bell ( https://www.lilaloa.com/2020/03/top-ten-best-fda-approved-edible-gold-luster-dust.html)
What Is Luster Dust and How Is It Used?
Luster dust is a type of decorating powder used in cake and candy decorating to add color and sparkle to desserts. Manufacturers throughout the world produce various types of luster dust—not all of which is edible—and its use is just as widespread. North Americans and Europeans seem to use it most. Luster dust comes in a wide variety of colors, but the most commonly used shades are gold and silver.
- Use: Cake and candy decoration; not always edible
- Varieties: Luster dust, highlighter dust, petal dust, pearl dust, sparkle dust, disco dust
- Substitute: Sanding sugar, edible gold leaf, edible spray
What Is Luster Dust?
Luster dust is a common term used to describe a family of tasteless decorative powders used by bakers and confectioners. The ingredients vary by brand and color, so there is no uniformity to the contents of luster dust. Commonly cited ingredients are titanium dioxide, iron oxide, carmine, and mica. Additionally, some contain iron blue or chromium oxide.
There are many different brands of luster dust and most of them are not individually labeled with ingredients. Different shades of luster dust within the same brand might contain different ingredients necessary to produce those shades. If your luster dust container is not labeled, the only way to be certain of the ingredients is to contact the company and inquire about that specific shade.
All varieties of luster dust are used for cake and candy decorating, though they have different properties and produce different effects.
- Luster dust comes in many different colors and adds sparkle, shine, and a fair amount of color.
- Highlighter dust usually comes in gold and silver colors and gives a high-sheen, metallic finish. Most highlighter dust is not edible and is for decorative purposes only.
- Petal dust has a matte finish and produces deep, strong colors. Petal dust is often used to decorate gum paste flowers because the matte appearance gives them a natural look.
- Pearl dust imparts a sparkly, pearlescent finish with just a touch of color. It is translucent and can be mixed with petal dust to give decorations shimmer and sparkle without adding much color.
- Sparkle dust produces effects similar to luster dust, imparting color and shine, but the sparkle dust grains are larger than the fine powder of the luster dust.
- Disco dust has the largest grains of all and can be compared in size to pieces of glitter. Disco dust is not subtle, so it works best on pieces that should “pop” and sparkle with a glittery finish.
Luster Dust Uses
Luster dust is used as decoration on top of cakes, cupcakes, and other sweet treats.
In some cases, certain shades are not mean to be consumed at all. These are clearly labeled “Not for Consumption” or “For Decorative Use Only.” In these instances, only use that luster dust on decorative elements that will not be eaten, like gum paste flowers on a cake.
How to Cook With Luster Dust
Luster dust can simply be brushed onto molded candies, fondant, and gum paste with a dry brush. If you want an evener application or intense color, mix the luster dust with alcohol (vodka is recommended) or an alcohol-based extract like lemon extract. It only takes a small amount of liquid, so start with a few drops and mix until you get a consistency you like. Do not mix the luster dust with water, as the majority are not water-soluble and will result in a sticky mess.
For stronger effects, you can paint on multiple coats of luster dust, just be sure to let each layer dry in between applications. Luster dust can also be mixed with alcohol and used with a food-grade airbrushing machine. You can also quickly apply luster dust to candies by placing a small amount with the candy in a container, closing the lid, then shaking it until the candy is covered.
Luster Dust Substitute
There are many ways to decorate foods without luster dust. Which you choose will depend on the application. Sanding sugar is a large-grain sugar that’s edible and comes in a variety of colors. It is not thin like luster dust, but it does have some sparkle when the light catches it. You can sprinkle the sugar on top of wet icing or apply a thin gel as a base so the sugar sticks.
For a shiny metallic look that’s flat against the surface without added sweetness, edible gold leaf is a good choice. Silver leaf is available as well, just make sure it’s edible. Edible sprays are another option that only adds color. These come in a variety of colors as well as metallics. You will have to mask off parts that you don’t want to be painted.
Luster Dust Recipes
Luster dust adds a beautiful layer of color and sparkle to sweets and is used in a number of candy and cake recipes.
Where to Buy Luster Dust
Luster dust is readily available at many online stores and is often carried in cake decorating stores and candy supply stores. Additionally, craft stores that carry the Wilton line of cake decorating products often have Wilton-brand pearl dust and sparkle dust. Always make sure it is edible unless you’re going to use it for decorative elements only. Luster dust is more expensive than other baking decorations. It’s often sold in small jars of just a few grams, but a little goes a long way.
When buying luster dust, particularly online, be sure to do so from a trusted source. Some disreputable retailers have repackaged similar dust that was intended for industrial uses or as craft glitter and sold it for food decorations.
Store jars of luster dust in a cool, dark place. A cupboard away from warm appliances works well, as does an enclosed pantry that will protect it from sunlight. When stored properly, it doesn’t have a shelf life.
Top Ten Best FDA Approved Edible Gold Dusts for Cookie Decorating
Looking for an FDA approved EDIBLE gold dust that is still shiny?! What does edible and non-toxic even mean? This post is full of all the explanations and links to my top ten favorite shiny, edible gold luster dusts!!
It can be REALLY CONFUSING trying to navigate the world of “edible” and “non-toxic” and “FDA approved” when you are shopping for gold and silver and other metallic (and even some non-metallic) dusts for cookie decorating.
Don’t worry though. I’ve got you covered with…once again. ..probably more information that you really want to know when it comes to choosing the shiniest edible gold dusts on the planet.
And if you want to skip all that good ol’ fashioned unsolicited advice and learning —
to jump to my top ten recommended edible gold dusts.
Still with me?
Let’s first make sure we are on the same page with some definitions.
What is the difference between EDIBLE and NON-TOXIC and FDA APPROVED when it comes to gold and silver luster dusts?
WHAT IS NON-TOXIC GOLD DUST?Non-toxic means it won’t harm you if you eat it. Common items that are considered non-toxic are things like paper, sharpie markers, chalk, glue, and play-do. See a pattern here? These items are usually not considered “food” items. CAN you eat them? Yes. SHOULD you eat them? That’s your call to make. They won’t make you sick. I’m pretty sure we all know people who have eaten every single one of those things and are probably healthy and successful adults.
BUT…and this is a big one… if you are selling food items in the United States, you are required to register your business and adhere to applicable food safety laws in your state and/or county. You need to check with them before selling ANY ITEM that has an ingredient that hasn’t been approved by the FDA. (Read the FDA Advisory about edible vs. non-toxic luster dusts HERE.)
WHAT DOES IT MEAN IF A GOLD OR SILVER DUST IS FDA APPROVED?
The FDA is the abbreviation for the Food and Drug Administration — the federal agency that is ” responsible for protecting the public health by ensuring the safety…of our nation’s food supply…” FDA approval means that the food item in question has been reviewed by the FDA and has been determined to be “safe for its intended purpose.”
If a luster dust is NOT FDA approved, it doesn’t mean it’s bad. It could be bad. It could be fine. Usually though, it just means that it hasn’t been submitted for approval.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN IF A GOLD OR SILVER DUST IS EDIBLE?
Edible means that the governing body in the country it is being sold in has approved it for human consumption. In the United States, that means it’s FDA approved. Edible and FDA-approved are usually interchangeable.
HOW CAN YOU TELL IF A GOLD OR SILVER DUST IS EDIBLE OR FDA APPROVED AND NOT JUST NON-TOXIC?
If a gold or silver luster dust is edible or FDA approved, it should state one or both of those things on the label. It should also have an ingredient list.
If you live outside the United States, look for the approval from the governing body of your own country. Some items approved in the United States may not be approved in Europe or Australia and vice versa. (Again…not having the approval may just mean it’s never been submitted to that agency.)
If the packaging or listing uses any of the following terms, the dust is considered non-toxic and is not regulated by a food safety governing body:
* craft dust
* remove before eating
* for decorative purposes only
IF THE GOLD AND SILVER LUSTER DUSTS ARE NON-TOXIC AND NOT EDIBLE, WHY DO PEOPLE USE THEM ON CAKES AND COOKIES?Short answer: Because they are BEYOND GORGEOUS.
Longer answer: People make their own choices. Do some people (children) (maybe adults. I don’t know. I’m not judging. You do you.) eat play-do? Yes. I remember a whole month in middle school where the boys all tried to see who could eat the biggest piece of paper in less than 60 seconds. It was horrifying to watch…but I did. You can be sure of that.
When it comes to personal food choices, we all have the right to our own personal decisions. The cookies/cakes/other confectionery creations that we make for our own home and our families aren’t really regulated.
When it comes to food items that are sold to the general public…well…those are regulated by Health Departments and the FDA in the United States.
The edibility of these luster dusts only came into question by the FDA and the baking community at large in the United States about ten years ago. The non-toxic dusts had been used for years without a second thought. I don’t know of a single person that has ever become sick from eating an item containing them. And most bakers can say the same. The non-toxic dusts are definitely shinier than their FDA approved counterparts. It’s a reallllllly hard thing to let go of for many bakers.
In fact, many cake decorators still use the non-toxic dusts on parts of a design that are easily removed. They get the best of both worlds.
Cookie decorators rarely have the same option with gold dusts in their designs. Not much of cookie decorations are regularly removed before eating.
So what’s a cookie decorator to do?
I’m SO GLAD you asked.
WHAT ARE THE BEST AND SHINIEST FDA APPROVED AND EDIBLE GOLD LUSTER DUSTS ON THE MARKET?
I bought about eleventy-four edible gold dusts this spring. I literally ordered one of every edible or FDA approved gold dust that I could find. For you. Because I’m so thoughtful like that. And I tried them all out. And made a GIANT mess in my kitchen. For you. And I picked my top ten favorite EDIBLE and FDA APPROVED gold dusts and put them on some cookies. And then took a near infinity of photos because, as it turns out…it’s REALLY hard to get a good photo of something shiny on a cookie.
(I KNOW that you know what I’m talking about.)
But before I show you the photo, let me explain it to you. Because there’s a whole lot more than 10 dots of gold icing in the photo below.
(You just scrolled down, didn’t you?)
Eight of the gold dusts were in fact DUSTS. Two of them were in liquid form.
Each cookie has a dot of white icing on the left and a dot of yellow icing on the right. I always recommend using a yellow-gold icing underneath something you plan to paint gold. It covers better and mistakes are not as obvious. But it’s easier to see the coverage strength or weakness with white icing. So… I have both on each cookie.
For each of the dusts, I mixed a small amount with water and a small amount with 190 proof Everclear. The Everclear dots are…across the board…SIGNIFICANTLY shinier. However…the gold tends to rub off of those icing dots, while the gold that was mixed with water stays on the icing perfectly.
I used the two golds that are in liquid form to paint directly on to the icing dots. I didn’t mix them with anything.
**NOTE*** The left icing dots are all dented because I used OLD ICING. I was lazy. Pure and simple. The dent/craters have nothing to do with the gold I used. I have only myself to blame. 🤣🤣 Sorry about that!
In no particular order, my top ten favorite edible gold luster dusts —
Because I KNOW you are going to ask. Here are my PERSONAL top five favorites…in order.
(I think it’s important that you know that I don’t like golds that have a yellow undertone. I prefer a brown undertone or even a greenish undertone over the more yellow golds.)
BUT… my absolute favorite is actually a mix of two different gold dusts.