Anyone made their own confectioner's glaze?

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  1. westrock

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    Anyone made their own confectioner's glaze by dissolving shellac in alcohol?
     
  2. siduri

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    that's for wood, isn't it?  I've done it to finish furniture. 
     
  3. westrock

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    Shellac is used to finish wood but food grade shellac is one of the standard ingredients of "confectioner's glaze".  I can buy the shellac but was wondering what was used for the alcohol component.
     
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    Shellac is the guts from the lac insect, and as such is totally organic.  It needs to be dissolved in  100% alcohol, 80% won't work.  Woodworkers use denatured alcohol which has poison added to it, and food grade uses 100% pure alcohol.  This has been used for quite some time on all sorts of confectionary items, along with other sorts of gums and resins such gum Arabic.
     
  5. westrock

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    The problem is finding 100% food grade alcohol in British Columbia.
     
  6. mishka

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    I am interested to know how you end up doing this glaze with Shellac or /Gum Arabica.
     
  7. westrock

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    Confectioner's glaze is made with bleached de-waxed shellac dissolved in alcohol.  The ratio of ingredients can vary but is usually around 35 % shellac.  The glaze provides an excellent seal for sugar products that would normally absorb water, or melt in humid conditions.