Playing with Isomalt is so much fun and can really add a whole new dimension to your cakes.
Isomalt comes in two forms, crystals and nibs. Isomalt Crystals are a reduced-calorie sweetener used to make hard candy, edible gems, pulled sugar, blown sugar and is also used as a substitute in baking. Isomalt Nibs are a pre-cooked, pre-coloured isomalt that is less fragile and easier to work with.
All you need to do is pop the nibs into a microwavable bowl and then into the microwave for a few seconds at a time until bubbling. When it has completely melted, you can pour it into any silicone mould or onto a silicone baking sheet to create random patterns. Allow the isomalt to cool before handling it. Isomalt Nibs resist crystallisation and can be re-melted and used again.
You can use clear nibs to create a glass or ice effect, great for making edible diamonds and gems. You can also colour your Isomalt Nibs using gel or paste food colours to achieve a certain shade you may require. They are available pre-coloured in lots of different colours such as ruby red, topaz yellow, sapphire blue, emerald green, pure black, amethyst purple, vibrant pink and bright white.
By adding brilliant white nibs to any of the other colours you can change the look from clear to opaque. Gold, silver, bronze and shimmering pearl nibs are also available and create the most stunning edible jewellery when used in brooch and gem silicone moulds. Isomalt is also ideal for creating free-standing eye-catching sugar showpieces.
Isomalt is completely safe to eat so you can use it in almost any edible creation - check out Getting Started with Isomalt for a YouTube video tutorial to show you just how easy it is to use.
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