Before you douse your Christmas cookies or cupcakes with glitter or shimmer dust for a little extra holiday sparkle, make sure the products you’re using are actually edible.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday cautioned bakers against improperly labeled edible glitters and offered these tips for safe decorating:
Decorative glitters and shimmer dusts are all over our food these days, and as the trend has grown in popularity, so too have concerns about whether the products being used to add some pizzazz to pizza, bagels and even alcoholic beverages are safe to eat.
Eating a cupcake-dusting of non-edible glitter isn’t going to kill you, but it’s ill-advised for a reason -- it’s tiny bits of plastic.
But know that it can be hard to tell the difference between craft glitter and edible glitter, especially when shopping online.
Search “edible glitter” on Amazon and you can find this trifecta of gold, silver and white Techno Glitter, non-toxic and made in the United States. The listing includes a picture of glittery leaves on a cupcake. And satisfied customers have posted reviews with photos of cookies, strawberries and a child’s cake bedazzled with Techno Glitter.