‘Tis the season for baking and since “The Great British Bake-Off” has everyone inspired to create their own amazing confections, the FDA is back to remind us how to safely bake with glitter. In case you didn’t know, not all decorative dusts and glitters we find at the store are meant to be eaten. So before you sprinkle that disco dust, twinkle dust or shimmer powder on your sweets, here’s what you need to know.
The FDA warns that even some decorative glitters promoted for use on foods may actually contain ingredients that we shouldn’t be eating. The good thing is, it’s pretty easy to figure out what’s safe to ingest and what’s not. Anything that’s edible is required by law to include a list of ingredients on the label, so flip the package around and if there are no ingredients, DO NOT eat that stuff.
Products that are meant to be consumed will probably say “edible glitter” somewhere on the packaging and will contain common ingredients like sugar and cornstarch. And please remember that just because something says ‘non-toxic” doesn’t mean it’s edible. Same goes for anything that says “for decorative purposes only” - don’t eat that stuff. Sure, it seems obvious, but a little reminder never hurt anybody, especially around the holidays.