I'm pleased to announce Kiwicakes is the New Zealand Distributor for Cake Plays coloured isomalt. I met the lovely ladies from Cake Play when I was at ICES in the USA - whilst I was there, I was immediately taken with the nibs way of selling isomalt rather than sticks (which Cake Play previously used to make). Cake Play coloured isomalt nibs will be shipping from Friday September 28th 2012. Click here to buy (clear isomalt is currently on back order and available in aprx 4 weeks)
While I was there I also looked at another brand of isomalt this brand had a gun for melting it. Unfortunately I could not consider the other brand, as the majority of their colours had red3 colouring, not permitted in food in NZ (except in icing colouring) and the gun, although it can be used with a transformer in NZ - it cannot legally be sold under NZ electrical rules with a transformer.
I saw some great isomalt demos at ICES - it has such a wide variety of uses including blown or moulded directions. The information following is supplied by Cake Play.
What Is Isomalt?
Isomalt is a versatile, crystalline substance with many different uses and applications. It’s derived from sucrose and preferred by pastry and cake professionals for its stability and usability. However, it’s difficult to cook isomalt crystals on the stove and achieve the proper cooking and tempering conditions. This stovetop cooking method is also tedious, time-consuming and frequently yields inconsistent or poor results.
That’s why CakePlay’s pre-cooked Isomalt nibs are such a great innovation! This unique isomalt can be melted in the microwave, making it easy to add sparkle and dimension to cakes. It’s also ideal for creating free-standing sugar showpieces. CakePlay’s Isomalt Sticks provide consistent, high-quality performance time after time. This isomalt product lets you add a professional touch in just seconds. These nibs are the hot new decorating tool you’ve got to try! And check out our fun new colours - amethyst purple, pure black and brilliant white!
Why Use Isomalt?
Isomalt is safe to eat and easy to use. Its clarity and color intensity make it ideal for crafting beautiful decorations that add amazing flair to your culinary creations. Use this adaptable substrate to create eye-catching dimensional pieces for the center of a table or on a cake. Once melted, CakePlay’s pre-cooked isomalt nibs can be moulded, cast, pulled or blown – anything you can imagine! We make it easy to create toppers and decorations that enhance your customers’ special-occasion cakes and pastries. Get smooth, consistent results that let you create pieces with beauty, dimension and sparkle.
Why CakePlay Isomalt?
CakePlay’s convenient pre-cooked Isomalt nibs let you start decorating quickly. Simply melt the number of isomalt nibs you need in the microwave, and you’re ready to go! No stress and no mess. We’ve taken away the hassle of working with traditional isomalt to make any decorating project a piece of cake! Our pre-cooked isomalt nibs are made with the highest-purity isomalt available. The colour and clarity of our isomalt remains true during melting and application. And with CakePlay’s convenient packaging, there’s little to no waste. Simply use the amount of isomalt you need. If you melt a bit too much isomalt, just pour it onto a Silicone mat, then store in an air-tight container to reuse later on another project. Unused isomalt can be stored in an air-tight container for up to 2 years.
Here's some great videos from Cake Play.
Melting & pouring Cake Play Isomalt
Bows Curlicues & loops with Cake Play isomalt
Colouring Cake Play isomalt
Assembling butterflies with Cake Play isomalt
Drizzle decorations with Cake Play isomalt
Dusting and painting with Cake Play isomalt
Restoring clarity to Cake Play isomalt decorations