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Using Isomalt in Pastry Sugar Art & Sugar Showpieces
Isomalt Pearls and Crystals
Isomalt and Sugar Art
Isomalt is a dry product that can be used in much the same ways as regular sugar. It can be placed in bakery items and used in liquid recipes. While it can be used as sugar, it does not have the same browning abilities as standard granulated sugar, but it can make caramel (see video below). Isomalt can also be purchased in ready-to-pull blocks of sugar, where you simply heat and blow or pull into various shapes.
Isomalt is often used in sugar art sculpture and in areas of humidity. For those who have never heard of it, here are some basic questions and answers regarding isomalt.
What is Isomalt Made of?
Isomalt is made of sucrose.
Why is it Great for Sugar Work?
Since it is a chemically-produced sugar substitute, it is perfect for sugar sculpture and candy-making as it creates a more humidity- and moisture-resistant product. Also, it naturally resists crystallization so the addition of an acid or an anti-crystallization agent isn't necessary during boiling.
Is it Edible?
It is completely edible, and it is a sugar-free product. While it is great for those who cannot eat sugar, it can cause stomach upset for those with sensitive systems if eaten in large quantities.
Can it Be Colored or Flavored?
Isomalt can easily be colored. Add the coloring toward the end, when the temperature reaches 280 degrees F. for sugar work. When adding flavoring, add it after cooking has been completed.