What is Isomalt?
Isomalt is a sugar-alcohol based sugar substitute used in making cake decorations, diabetic candies and is often used in other weight-loss products. Isomalt is derived from beets and has almost zero calories because our bodies do not fully digest sugar alcohols.
Is Isomalt as Sweet as Sugar?
Isomalt is roughly half as sweet as sugar. Please note: moderation is the key when consuming products containing sugar alcohols as in larger quantity, they may cause a stomach upset. A couple of isomalt based candies or candy sized decorations would be fine.
Why do Cake Decorators Love Isomalt?
Isomalt retains all of sugars mallable and moldable properties and has some major benefits:
- Isomalt can be heated with out changing colour (carmelizing) or changing taste.
- Isomalt will retain its structure and sharpness even in humid environments.
- Even after an extended time sugar art made with isomalt still looks clear and doesn’t get the hazy look that true sugar art can. This allows cake decorators to make decorations days before an event.
- Isomalt can be remelted and reused.
- Isomalt can be flavoured (we recommend Lorann flavouring) and coloured with Gel colours.
Isomalt Crystals vs Meltable Pre-cooked Tiles
Isomalt comes in 2 formats: raw crystals which need to be fully cooked and meltable pre-cooked tiles which you can melt at slightly lower temperatures. Once fully cooked the raw crystals can then reuse be reused by melting in a microwave.