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ISOMALT

Hard Candy Jewel Instructions


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ISOMALT isomalt offers key functional and nutritional benefits for the pastry chef
Improved workability, non-hygroscopicity, process and storage stability are a few of many
significant chemical and physical properties of isomalt. Its clean sweet taste, non-cariogenicity, low caloric value.

PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
COLOR-white
AROMA-none
TASTE-sweet
TEXTURE-granular

FUNCTIONAL PROPERTIES
Its pure , sweet taste
A lesser sweetness than sucrose
The body and texture that it gives to foodstuffs
Its high chemical and biochemical stability



BASIC DIRECTIONS FOR USE
To prepare Isomalt for pulling and blowing, place the desired amount of Isomalt in a stainless steel pan. Dissolve the Isomalt without water, glucose or tartaric acid. Heat on high heat until there are no pearls of Isomalt left in the mixture. Remove from heat and wait a minute to allow the bubbles to subside. Pour the Isomalt syrup onto a silpat, marble or casting surface, and proceed to work with as sugar. It could also be reheated many times.
Remember not to overheat the Isomalt syrup too long or finished showpieces will be very brittle Due to the high working temperature of Isomalt, there are ways to adjust the working temperature. When Isomalt is processed as explained above it has a working temperature of
65’C - 70’C. Almost 15 - 20 ‘F higher than regular sugar. By adding water at the last stage, the isomalts working temperature is lowered to that of sugar.
Melt the Isomalt as directed above, to a temp of 180’C. Allow the bubbles to subside. Add 8 gr. Of water to every 1# of Isomalt. Mix the Isomalt to blend the sugar together. Once well blended, pour onto silpat, marble or casting mat and proceed as for sugar.
STORAGE
Isomalt should be stored cool and dry. 

EDIBLE JEWELS
If you’re interested in sugar work making your own isomalt jewels is a great place to start.
Isomalt is a sugar substitute that is perfect for sugar decorations because it produces a much clearer sugar that is longer lasting and more moisture resistant. It also stays flexible and can be reheated which is very helpful when trying to fill several small jewel cavities.
Isomalt can also be used with most sugarcraft molds. Unlike normal sugar, Isomalt can be re-used after heating, so anything that is left over from a project can be re-melted.
Instructions:
Isomalt  & water melted. Spray mold w/ Pam wipe off excess.
Add edible glitter, dump excess (optional). Cook, add Color/flavor.
Pour Isomalt mixture into mold, heat in Microwave a few seconds.
Let set up and unmold jewel.
How-To Instructions and Information
Other molds you might use:
Round 1" 8H-5047, Fancy Assorted 1" 8H-5116, Rectangles 1" 8H-5656, Card Diamond 1" 8H-13412.
Please note: You can also use our Silicone Jewel molds for jems.

Edible (Isomalt) Jewels Made in a Microwave!

ISOMALT is produced by an enzymatic rearrangement of sucrose in two stages. It is an odorless, white crystalline and low hygroscopic substance.
ISOMALT can be used for pulling or blowing. It does not quite have the same elasticity as sugar, however it is ideal for re-heating in a microwave.

Required:
• Isomalt (FISO)
• Microwave
• Glass/Pyrex Bowl or Measuring Cup

Method:
• Combine a ½ cup Isomalt with 2 tablespoons of white corn syrup in a glass measuring cup.
• If a colour gem is required add a small amount of the desired colour to the isomalt corn syrup mixture with a toothpick.
• Place the cup in the microwave, cook on high for 20 seconds, remove and stir.
• Return the cup to the microwave, cook on high for 20 seconds, remove and stir.
• Repeat the above step as many as 6 times. The mixture must be Clear, Completely Melted, and Mixed together. N.B. The mixture will be extremely hot so use caution!!! Tap down on the counter to help remove any air bubbles.
• Pour the molten mixture into the desired shape molds.
• To give the gem a little more sparkle, sprinkle on your required disco colour.
• Allow to set.
• Remove from mold.

Old pieces made with ISOMALT can be recycled: Break old show pieces into small pieces, microwave until entirely melted, then pour on non-stick rolling mat and start all over again.

Please note if disco dust was used on the backing when the isomalt has been melted the disco dust will mix into the isomalt making it no longer crystal clear.


These are some of the molds that you could use to make edible Isomalt jewels:
Available here for purchase

Handy Hints
When stirring the isomalt in the jar, I use a sucker stick that I leave in the jar, when it is cooked I just have to throw away the used sucker stick. No washing up a spoon ever.  Geraldine



RECIPE: HARD CANDY USING ISOMALT
Products available at www.sugarcraft.com
Basic Microwave Recipe (Others below):
NEED:
Cooking spray
Tools:
Jewel molds
Funnel with stopper for large jewel cavities or large measuring cup-for large jewel cavities
Large silicone spatula
Baking sheets
Toothpicks or sucker sticks
Silicone mat or parchment paper
Silicone cupcake holder

Instructions:
Spray mold w/Pam, wipe off excess
RECIPE
Boil 1 kilogram of Isomalt (1 killogram = 2.20462262 pounds)
with 2 cups water
Add Color/flavor
1/2 teaspoon extract, or consentrated oil flvoring, optional
Pour Isomalt mixture into mold.
Heat in Microwave a few seconds.
Let set up and unmold jewel.

OR COOKED BELOW:
Boil to 165C (approx 320deg.F) Using Candy Thermometer
Pour into heat resistant molds or pour into shapes on teflon non-stick mat.
Add paste color when heat reduces to 140C granular form.
METHOD
With cooking spray, coat hard candy jewel molds and a funnel with a stopper if using a mold with large jewel cavities.
Wipe out excess cooking spray with a paper towel.
Set sprayed molds on a baking sheet or a surface that withstands heat. For small cavities, use a toothpick or sucker stick to fill. If using a funnel, set the funnel with the stopper covering the hole, in a large measuring cup or any container which will hold the funnel level. Pour the hot syrup into the funnel. Fill each cavity by lifting the stopper just enough to allow the syrup to fill each mold cavity, then quickly cover the opening in the funnel with the stopper to stop the sugar flow. When jewels cool, invert each mold, letting jewels fall from mold onto parchment paper or a silicone mat which is on a soft surface such as a folded towel.

The impurities are not harmful for consumption, but by removing the foam, the resulting syrup will have more clarity and strength.
When crystals are washed from the side and syrup appears clear, place thermometer in pan, and cook to 250 degrees.
Add food coloring if desired, when cool enough. Continue cooking on medium heat to 340 degrees. Immediately remove pan from stove and plunge into cold water for a few seconds to stop the cooking. Gently stir in flavor. Cover for two minutes to be sure the flavor is infused into the syrup. The resulting syrup is ready to pour into molds, or poured into puddles on parchment paper or a silicone mat to cool. Store the puddles in locking bags, storing flat without pieces in each bag touching each other. Better yet, vacuum seal the pieces in bags. Place bags in airtight containers with silica gel. If wanting to cast (mold) the hardened pieces of isomalt, place isomalt in a microwave-safe container and microwave at 5 second intervals until a liquid state. The resulting syrup is ready to mold into jewels (follow instructions above for casting jewels).

BURNING HOT MIXTURE!!!
Using a tooth pick stir the mixture to get the air bubbles out.
Pour into the molds, This is a little tricky, I used a knife to pour the isomalt mixture into the molds.
If Isomalt gets cold on you..just put in the microwave again for couple of seconds.
Let sit and harden.

Other Ideas for Isomalt Candy
Silicone Pearls
Isomalt Transfers



HARD CANDY SHINY Cake Jewel Mold Medium Assorted Gem Shapes
Mold above #8H-5119 - Others like this available here: Jewel molds
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Make your own cake jewels with this gem candy mold.
Perfect for making your own edible jewels, this mold makes 80 pieces in assorted shapes.
Shapes measure approximately .75".
This hard plastic mold is designed to withstand heat up to 375 degrees.
Mold is reusable.
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To make you own cake jewels, use our Isomalt Crystals, with the recipe listed below:
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General Directions for making hard candy:
Spray the hard candy mold with cooking spray.
Make a batch of hard candy, following directions on package.
Pour the hot syrup into sprayed funnel with stopper covering hole.
Slightly lift stopper to let proper amount of hot syrup flow into sprayed cavities of mold.
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If making hard candy suckers, immediately put stick or pencil pop in place before syrup begins to set up.
Let cool to room temperature. When syrup cools and candy is hard, release candy from mold.
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Directions for use:
Recipe for Isomalt Cake Jewels or Hard Candy YIELD:
Fills approximately 4 tray molds of .75" sized cavities.
1 cup Isomalt
1/3 cup distilled water (we recommend distilled water because hard water will cause the coloration to change with some food colors)
Gel food coloring as desired
Candy thermometer
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Prepare your molds by spraying them with Pam or lightly oiling them.
Combine Isomalt and water in a 1 quart heavy saucepan.
Cook over medium-high heat until crystals are dissolved.
Dip a pastry brush in water and wash down the sides to prevent crystallizing.
Insert a candy thermometer to monitor temperature.
You may have to wash down the sides with water one or two more times.
When the mixture reaches 250 degrees, add your food coloring.
You may have to experiment to get the exact color you want.
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As a guideline, we use 3 drops of Super Red food coloring to get a deep ruby coloring and a scant half drop of pink for our pale pink jewels. Allow the temperature to reach 315 degrees and remove the pan from the heat.
Please note, the syrup is VERY HOT so you should take precautions to prevent burns.
For easier pouring into your candy molds, we recommend pouring the hot syrup mixture into a one or two cup Pyrex measuring cup. Pour hot syrup into molds and allow to harden 10 minutes.
Unmold onto waxed paper. If the weather is humid, wrap in candy bags to prevent the candy from becoming cloudy.


SOFT CANDY Jewels made with Choco-pan®, chocolate fondant or candy clay
Ready-Made Chocopan®
Or Candy Clay recipe below:
1/2 pound chocolate-flavored candy coating
1/3 cup corn syrup
Melt candy coating.
Stir in corn syrup.
Blend thoroughly.
Wrap in plastic wrap for several hours before using.
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Tools and ingredients:
Chocopan® or candy clay recipe above
Luster dust colors
Lemon oil or Confectioner's Glaze
Brush
Instructions:
Knead chocolate fondant enough to “just” soften. Pinch off a small amount to fit a jewel cavity. Push into the cavity and push the edges toward the center so the edges are smooth. Use a bit more fondant to push against the fondant in the cavity and lift the candy jewel out of the mold. If fondant loses shape when pulling it out, before taking it from mold put it in freezer to harden for a few minutes then remove from mold. Note: If having trouble getting jewel to release, spray mold with cooking spray before putting fondant into the cavity.

Painting jewel tones: Jewels come in many colors, so almost any color Luster Dust will work.
USING LEMON OIL: If jewels are already on the cake or will not be disturbed after they are painted, mix a little lemon oil with chosen color luster dust and paint jewels with a soft brush.
The jewels may need to be touched up if not handled carefully as the lemon oil may remain tacky. USING CONFECTIONERS GLAZE: If making jewels ahead of time to be used months later, mix luster dust with confectioners glaze and paint jewels with a soft brush. The finish will dry and the color won’t come off.



WHAT IS ISOMALT?
Isomalt is an excellent tasting sugar-free sweetener. Products made with isomalt have the same texture and appearance as those made with sugar. Derived from sugar, isomalt's health benefits and stability make it a versatile and valuable ingredient for numerous reduced-calorie foods and pharmaceuticals.
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Isomalt is a unique, excellent tasting sugar-free bulk sweetener. Because the same amount of isomalt is used in products as would be used if they were sweetened with sugar, isomalt-containing products have the same appearance and texture as those made with sugar.
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Discovered in the 1960s, isomalt is made from sucrose and looks much like table sugar. It is white, crystalline and odorless. Isomalt is a mixture of two disaccharide alcohol's: gluco-mannitol and gluco-sorbitol.
Isomalt has been used in the United States for several years in products such as hard candies, toffees, chewing gum, chocolates, baked goods, nutritional supplements, cough drops and throat lozenges. It has been available in Europe, however, since the early 1980s and is currently used in a wide variety of products in more than 70 countries worldwide.
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Isomalt offers benefits that suit changing life-styles and contemporary guidelines for healthy diets. It enlarges food choices for the growing number of people who would like to make moderate, but not extreme, improvements in their diet. It is ideal for consumers who want to adopt a healthier lifestyle, as long as foods still taste good.
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Because of its lower caloric value and other health benefits, isomalt is useful for people who are trying to reduce their total energy intake moderately while still being able to enjoy their favorite desserts, candy, and other sweetened foods occasionally as part of meals or snacks.

How Isomalt is Made
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The two-step process begins with sucrose. First, an enzyme rearranges the linkage between glucose and fructose in sucrose. In the second step, two hydrogen's are added to an oxygen in the fructose portion of the disaccharide. Approximately half of the fructose portion of the original disaccharide is converted to mannitol and about half of the fructose portion of the original disaccharide is converted to sorbitol. Therefore, isomalt contains two different disaccharide alcohol's: gluco-mannitol and gluco-sorbitol.
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The molecular changes that occur in these steps make isomalt more stable - chemically and enzymatically - than sucrose. Isomalt’s stability is the reason for many of its health benefits and the large variety of products which it can improve.

How Isomalt is Used
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Besides the characteristics that result from isomalt’s volume and texture, isomalt can be heated without losing its sweetness or being broken down. Therefore, it is predominantly used in products that are boiled, baked or subjected to higher temperatures.
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Isomalt absorbs very little water. Therefore, products made with it tend not to become sticky. This means that candies, for example, can be put into a packet without each being wrapped separately, a convenient and appealing attribute for environmentally conscious consumers. Another advantage, resulting from this property is that, since the products do not absorb moisture, they have a longer shelf life.
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Isomalt enhances flavor transfer in foods. It dissolves more slowly in the mouth so that candies with isomalt have a longer lasting taste . Isomalt does not have the often undesired “cooling” effect of some other polyols. Its sensory properties make isomalt an excellent ingredient for candies, chocolates, baked products and flavored applications such as fruit flavored candy, coffee and chocolate.
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Isomalt’s sweetening power depends on its concentration, temperature and the form of the product in which it is used. When used alone, it contributes 45% to 65% of the sweetness that would result from the same amount of sucrose.

Multiple Ingredient Usage
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Isomalt is often used in combination with intense sweeteners. Isomalt gives products bulk, texture and mild sweetness, while the intense sweetener brings the level of sweetness up to what it would be if sugar were used. An additional advantage of such combined usage is that isomalt tends to mask the bitter aftertaste of some intense sweeteners. Synergistic effects in sweetening power occur when isomalt is combined with either intense sweeteners or other volume providing sweeteners.

How the Body Uses Isomalt
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Isomalt, like all polyols, is a low digestible carbohydrate which is only partially digested in the intestines. In the lower part of the intestinal tract, the non-absorbed portion is metabolized by colonic bacteria.
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Isomalt’s physiological characteristics are a result of this process: Isomalt does not promote tooth decay, has a very low blood glucose effect (low glycemic response), has an effect like dietary fiber in the gut and has only half of the caloric value of sucrose.

In more detail:
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Benefits
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Lower Caloric Value: For food labeling purposes in the United States, an energy value of only 2 calories per gram is used for isomalt. Isomalt's lower caloric value is partly due to the fact that intestinal enzymes are not able to easily hydrolyze its more stable disaccharide bond. Less of it is digested and, therefore, less absorbed from the small intestine into the blood, and this happens slowly.
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Supports Gut Health: Daily intake of 30 g isomalt was demonstrated to promote an increase of the “good” bacteria in the large intestine, the bifidobacteria, demonstrating the prebiotic effect of isomalt. The water-binding property of isomalt may influence the structure of the content of the gut, making it softer. If the consistency of the feces is too soft, it can be regulated by cutting down intake and allowing some time for adaptation. Like dietary fibers, isomalt is broken down by the gut bacteria to so called short chain fatty acids (SCFA) and gases. SCFA have the advantage of decreasing acidity in the large intestine and some SCFA are discussed as being beneficial for a healthy epithelium in the large intestine.
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Less Dental Caries Risk: Isomalt is anti-cariogenic and does not promote dental caries, because oral bacteria cannot readily convert it into decay causing acids. Therefore, the acidic conditions that lead to tooth demineralization do not develop after consuming isomalt, as occurs after eating sugar and other fermentable carbohydrates. Furthermore, isomalt cannot be converted by oral bacteria into polyglucan, the substance from which dental plaque is synthesized.
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Isomalt can help repair early dental caries lesions. Its sweet taste stimulates the production of saliva, thus reducing acidity and increasing calcium levels on the tooth surface. These changes facilitate remineralization of areas previously damaged by acidic conditions in the mouth due to fermentable carbohydrate consumption.
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows manufacturers of sugar-free isomalt-containing products to make the health claim, “Does not promote dental caries,” if those products do not reduce plaque pH to less than 5.7 during or for up to 30 minutes after consumption.
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Very low blood glucose and insulin response: Due to the metabolism described above, isomalt hardly influences blood glucose or insulin after intake as demonstrated in a number of studies, thus isomalt is very low glycemic. Isomalt is an ingredient, a useful tool within the total diet, that can contribute to providing low glycemic products to consumers interested in this health benefit. In particular those consumers are addressed that are interested in a healthy lifestyle (management and prevention of obesity, diabetes etc., being on a ‘low carb diet’). There is a growing body of evidence that shows that a low glycemic diet can help in the management and prevention of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

Isomalt
is made from sugar
is used in a variety of foods, nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals
provides the taste and texture of sugar
is synergistic with other sweeteners
provides at most 2 calories per gram
does not promote dental caries
does not increase blood glucose or insulin levels
Regulatory Status
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A petition to affirm the GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status of isomalt has been accepted for filing by the FDA. Isomalt has been used in the United States since 1990. It is marketed in the U.S. by Palatinit of America, Inc. and Cargill Inc.
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The World Health Organization’s Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) evaluated the safety of isomalt and concluded that there is no need for a numeric (limited) acceptable daily intake (ADI). JECFA established an ADI for isomalt of “not specified,” the safest category in which JECFA can place a food ingredient.


Isomalt sugar or Isomalt pearls?
Isomalt pearls are pretreated Isomalt - all you need to do is melt them in the microwave in the heat proof bowl and you can fill your molds.

Isomalt sugar is used to make clear sugar gems, because it doesn't crystallize like regular sugar meaning it doesn't turn yellow/brown like normal sugar would. When using Isomalt Sugar you need to make sugar syrup first and then this syrup can be used to make gems.When making your own sugar syrup using Isomalt I suggest following the recipe below. It asks for 2 cups of isomalt sugar. I assume you could also deposit left over sugar syrup into small silicone cupcake cups and let it harden and save it for later use and once you need to make gems you could treat it as isomalt pearls and use microwave to melt it.I have not done this but I think it is possible.

I found using isomalt pearls really easy and fast,the mold I used had cavities of few milliters. To fill the mold that I used, you can see the picture above in the post I needed about 6-7 Isomalt pearls.


HELP
Q. We use Isomalt to make pulled, blown and cast sugar; however, the isiomalt becomes very brittle. Wha are we doing wrong?
A. It is better to cook isomalt quickly when using it for blown or cast sugar. The longer it cooks, the more water will evaporate and the more brittle the isomalt will become. For best results, cook the isomalt to a temperature of 338 Deg F (170 C) within 12-15 minutes.


SOME IDEAS FOR YOU

USE JEWELS ON YOUR CAKES TOO!
Picture - the flowers are made of gumpaste (even the ribbons & ties!). The cake ruffle and icing is rolled fondant

Cake shows a use of jewels
Bow is fondant brushed
with pearl dust. Dragees
surround the jewel. Or use fondant balls and highlighter dust for silver.
IDEA... JEWELS 

Basic Instructions:
Isomalt  & water melted. Spray mold w/ Pam wipe off excess.
Add edible glitter, dump excess. Cook, add Color/flavor.
Pour Isomalt mixture into Hard Candy Molds, heat in Microwave a few seconds.
Let set up and unmold jewel.
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How-To Instructions and Information below
Molds you might use:
Round 1" 8H-5047, Fancy Assorted 1" 8H-5116, Rectangles 1" 8H-5656, Card Diamond 1" 8H-13412.

Recipe-Jewels (more below):
Boil 1 kilogram of Isomalt 
(1 kilogram = 2.20462262 pounds)
with 2 cups water
Boil to 165C (approx. 320 deg.F)
Pour into heat resistant molds 
or pour into shapes on teflon 
non-stick mat.
Add paste color when heat 
reduces to 140C
BURNING HOT MIXTURE!!!
Using a tooth pick stir the 
mixture to get the air bubbles out.
Pour into the molds, This is a 
little tricky, I used a knife to 
pour the isomalt mixture into the molds. 
If Isomalt gets cold on you..just 
put in the microwave again for 
couple of seconds.
Let sit and harden.
Picture of cake and jewels


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