Last Updated on December 3, 2022
Edible glue is a great tool for building fondant decorations and holding together any structures like gingerbread houses. Tylose powder is commonly used when making edible glue, but it is not something everyone has. Knowing how to make edible glue without tylose powder is simple and effective, which is great for all your baking needs.
What is Tylose Powder?
Tylose powder is a common ingredient for edible glues, as well as thickening up fondant and gum paste. Many professional bakers keep it on hand, as it is great for using when decorating cakes. However, Tylose powder can be hard to find and is not often something home bakers have in their pantry.
It is also commonly referred to as CMC, for carboxymethyl cellulose. Carboxymethyl cellulose is the chemical version of a natural powder called Gum Tragacanth. Gum Tragacanth comes from the sap of a root of a plant from the Middle East that is then dried.
It is a fine white powder that is vegan, gluten-free, and kosher. Typically it is sold at craft stores or online, though you may be able to find it in some specialty grocery stores.
Fortunately, you don’t need Tylose powder to make edible glue. With just two simple ingredients, you can make a glue that is effective and safe to eat.
How to Make Edible Glue without Tylose Powder
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- Small saucepan
- Large saucepan
Step 1: Heat the Water
Pour the water into the small saucepan and heat on low/medium.
Step 2: Add the Sugar
While the water is still heating up, add the sugar and mix it. Keep the mixture on heat until it thickens up and has a slight golden tint.
Step 3: Remove From Burner
Remove the mixture from the burner, but still keep it warm. This can be done by placing the small saucepan in a large saucepan filled with hot water.
Step 4: Stir to Make Sure the Sugar is Fully Dissolved
Use a spoon to stir the mixture to make sure all the sugar has dissolved into the water. The mixture should be thick and sticky.
Step 5: Use the Edible Glue Paste
Carefully dip the ends of the items you want to glue together into the mixture. Press them together and hold for a few seconds until dry. The glue mixture should be kept warm the entire time you are working to ensure it will work.
This mixture can also be used to make candy glass. Simply pour it out onto wax or parchment paper into the shape you want and let it dry. Add any colors you want and place the final product on your cake for an incredible decoration.
Tips and Tricks for How to Make Edible Glue
Edible glue will be hot, so it is essential to use caution when working with it. It is best not to let children handle it while hot to prevent any burns from occurring.
Be sure to give the decorations you are gluing adequate time to set before placing them on your cake or baked good of choice. You don’t want to risk anything by moving them too quickly after gluing, which can lead to them falling apart.
Even once your items are dry, be sure to still use caution when moving them. Though the water and sugar glue will hold your decorations or baked goods together, they will still be fragile. When not handled with care, you risk them breaking, as edible glue is not as strong as regular glue.
If the glue begins to stiffen up and is not warm anymore, replace the water in the large saucepan with hot water. You can also put it on a burner on low heat, occasionally stirring until it becomes the right consistency.
How To Make Edible Glue Without Tylose Powder
- Small saucepan
- Large saucepan
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- Heat the Water - Pour the water into the small saucepan and heat on low/medium.
- Add the Sugar - While the water is still heating up, add the sugar and mix together. Keep the mixture on the heat until it thickens up and has a slight golden tint.
- Remove From Burner - Remove the mixture from the burner, but still keep it warm. This can be done by placing the small saucepan in a large saucepan filled with hot water.
- Stir to Make Sure Sugar is Fully Dissolved - Use a spoon to stir the mixture to make sure all the sugar has dissolved into the water. The mixture should be thick and sticky.
- Use the Edible Glue Paste - Carefully dip the ends of the items you want to glue together into the mixture. Press them together and hold for a few seconds until dry. The glue mixture should be kept warm the entire time you are working to ensure it will work.
- This mixture can also be used to make candy glass. Simply pour it out onto wax or parchment paper into the shape you want and let it dry. Add any colors you want and place the final product on your cake for an incredible decoration.
How Do You Make an Edible Glue Stick?
Did you know that it’s incredibly easy to make an edible glue stick? First,t you’ll need an empty glue container. You can wash out an old one you have at home, or you can buy empty glue stick containers from craft stores for around $1 each. Once you have your glue stick prepared, all you need to do is push the stick down into your glue vertically and then pull it up. Clean off any excess glue and twist your glue up, like you would a normal glue stick. It’s now ready to use and the best part? It’s refillable! This is perfect for gluing on small fondant decorations on cakes.
How do you make edible glue stronger?
If you’re finding your edible glue isn’t holding your decorations in place, you can try super-strength edible glue from most crafting stores. Or if you’d like to make your own, simply sprinkle a small amount of tylose over hot water in a jar. Place the lid on top and shake it up. The longer it sits, the stronger it becomes.
Can you use edible glue on buttercream?
You can use edible glue on buttercream. It works great for gluing decorations such as lace. However, a very small amount of water on a brush can be just as effective when working with decorations on buttercream. It’s entirely down to your preference as to what you use.
How to Make Edible Glue With Powdered Sugar?
If you’re looking for edible glue with powdered sugar, then look no further. This particular type of glue is perfect if you’re searching for ways to hold together something like the walls of a gingerbread house. It doesn’t require too many ingredients and it does make for quite a sturdy glue! This recipe is inspired by one from Food 52.
The ingredients you’ll need for this recipe are:
- 3 egg whites
- 4 cups of powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon of cream of tartar
Now all you need to do is:
Add the egg whites and cream of tartar to a bowl and beat. Keep mixing until it becomes foamy. Once foamy, gradually add the powdered sugar and keep beating. You can stop mixing when the mixture becomes fluffy; this should take around 8-10 minutes. Once you’ve achieved this consistency, put it into a piping bag and you’re ready to use your edible glue!
How Do You Make Edible Glue With Gelatin?
To make your glue with gelatin, all you need is 1 tablespoon of gelatin (unflavored), 1 tablespoon of cold water, 3 tablespoons of boiling water, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar,r and 1 tablespoon of glycerin. Now all you need to do is add the gelatin to the cold water. Next, add the boiling water, glycerin,n, and vinegar and mix until dissolved. You may need to zap in the microwave in short bursts. Your edible glue is now ready!
What is the Strongest Edible Glue?
I’ve found that tylose glue is the strongest glue. You may know it better as gum glue. This type of glue is perfect for sticking on decorations. It’s particularly good for fondant and gum paste decorations.
Is Tylose Powder Safe to Eat?
Tylose powder is considered a safe food additive. It’s widely used in the world of cake making and crafting and is most commonly used to make edible glue. However, it can also be used to make flower paste and modeling paste.
Easy And Effective Homemade Edible Glue
With just sugar and hot water, you can easily make edible glue that is effective. You don’t have to worry about finding a store that carries Tylose powder, as this recipe does not require it. You can use it for making fondant decorations, building cookies like gingerbread houses, and even making candy glass.
Within minutes, you can use the glue to let your decorating skills run wild. It is completely safe to eat and will dry clear, allowing for a clean-looking finish.
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