Sunday, August 24, 2008

Update - Custom Transfer Sheets: Candy Art Supply Website Now Up

A few weeks ago I published an article about Susan Van Dusartz, Prints on Chocolate. At that time Susan was working on a a new website where people can buy products to make personalized chocolates using custom transfer sheets and magnetic molds. Well, Susan has adivised me that the new site, Candy Art Supply, is now up and running.

Candy Art Supply is the USA distributor of Cake Art Chocosheets. They have everything you need to produce your own personalized chocolate pieces including Chocosheets, magnetic molds, and packaging. Chocosheets are transfer sheets that are used to produce high quality full color prints on white chocolate. They are made of a thin plastic sheet, approved for food contact, that are sprayed with hot gel and dried to produce the color sensitive layer. The sheets are 7.5 x 10 inches and are easily fed through any printer that uses edible ink.

Chocosheets are packed in quantities of 25 sheets, sealed in plastic, approved for contact with food, and shipped in a sealed polystyrene box. The cost for a box is $50.00. If you do not have your own edible printer, Candy Art Supply can print the custom transfer sheets for you.

The directions for using Chocosheets are as follows:

Chocolate pieces are made with a milk/dark chocolate base and topped with white chocolate to produce full color images.
  1. Print images on chocosheet in mirror image (sometimes call t-shirt transfer) using a printer that is dedicated to using only edible ink.
  2. Cut the chocosheet to fit the magnetic mold.
  3. Remove the metal plate from the bottom of the magnetic mold and insert the chocosheet.
  4. Fill the mold with a thin layer of white chocolate.
  5. Place the mold in the freezer just long enough to allow the white chocolate to set up. 4-5 minutes.
    Remove the mold from the freezer and fill with milk/dark chocolate. Return mold to the freezer until milk/dark chocolate is set.
  6. Remove the mold from the freezer. Remove the metal plate from the bottom of the mold. Slowly peel away the chocosheet to reveal your image imprinted on the white chocolate.

Chocosheets seem like a great solution to the many people who are looking for a less expensive way to make custom transfer sheets. Custom transfer sheets usually cost around $150 for set-up charges, in addition to being forced to buy a case of 100 of the finished sheets. Chocosheets can also be printed in full color; whereas printing in multiple colors on standard transfer sheets in extremely expensive. The appearance of the two is different, but I guess it all depends on what the budget is for your particular project.

Thanks to Susan for sharing the info. Good luck with your new website!

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