Edibleart vs. Poppy Paints, the Raw Review
If there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that you cannot finish any job without the proper tools! Artwork included! When I entered the world of cake-popping, I was really excited to know that my sometimes not-so-steady-piping hand could be forgiven with my knack for drawing and painting by using paint that I had no idea existed. I stumbled upon edible paints while surfing Instagram for inspiration. The one that stood out to me the most was Edibleartpaint by Sweet Sticks, mostly because it seemed to be the most commonly used, and fairly affordable at about $7 a bottle on Etsy. (If you order from the official website, by the way, you will be paying an arm and a leg for shipping.)
And after a recent expensive purchase of a few bottles of Edibleartpaint, I was quite disappointed with my results.
I thought that maybe I had used the paints amongst the wrong room temperature, or hadn’t let them sit long enough, although my cake pops were left to dry for almost 2 days and NEVER set solid. After spending hours on a project that ended up breaking my heart by smudging upon packaging, I sought help.
It has been insane trying to research reviews, between multiple google keyword searches and sending messages to other confectionary artists to hear about their experiences, some of whom I never got answers from (including the product developer herself).
There is limited information on the quality of the edible paints in regards to its use in the painting of chocolate, which it is supposedly also recommended for.
Upon receiving only a few responses from other bakers, I did find that my frustrations in using this product were justified.
I attempted to give the paints another chance by adding a drop of alcohol (which is supposed to make the paint dry faster and set), but although the paint dried faster, it could still be smudged off with a little more effort. I knew that this wouldn’t be good if I had to individually wrap my pops again.
Still frustrated, I did some research on another brand of paint that I had stumbled upon through one of my most favorite bakeries in the UK. (OMG, check out that quality on POP Bakery!) I felt really stupid when I compared photos between Edibleartpaint and Poppy Paints on Instagram, realizing that one account featured mostly cake and cookies, and the other—mostly chocolate covered confections…
I initially avoided paying any attention to Poppy Paints, only because the bottles are a couple dollars more. They are, however, sold in 15ml bottles rather than the edibleart-sized 5ml bottles. Upon experimenting with the two, I realized that Poppy Paints are worth every penny, if you want things done fast and RIGHT!
So here is the most blatantly honest review about Edibleartpaint vs. Poppy Paints!!!
I feel like every cake pop artist needs to know the truth!!!!
Share this with your confectionary circle immediately before another dollar or time is (kinda) wasted!
Disclaimer: this review does not apply to the painting of custom sugar cookies and hardened buttercream. Please keep in mind that the focus is my experience with painting on chocolate/candy melts!
And here it is:
EDIBLEARTPAINT by SweetSticks
FDA Approved ingredients. Upon pouring Edibleartpaint onto your pallet, you will find that the consistency is rich and runny. The paint goes on your surface fairly easily with the smoothness determined by your careful strokes, and the color is boldly true-to-shade.
Although the paint does not dry very fast on your pallet, you can indeed re-hydrate the paint by adding a few drops of high grade alcohol. This will encourage your candy melt/chocolate surface to dry a little faster as well. It is easy to clean the paint out of your brushes.
If you happen to be using fondant, gum paste, or other non-shellac surfaced candies on your project, the paint does set and dry well on those more matte/crusty surfaces.
Edibleart paint is more affordable, although just a set of 5 paints (primary, white & black) might cost you $55-$70, depending on where you order them.
These are sold in 5ml bottles. The paint can be a little excessively runny. It takes FOREVER to basically NEVER to dry if you do not add alcohol. When you do add alcohol, the paint still takes time to dry, and only sets to a certain extent. With enough pressure of your finger against the surface of your chocolate/cake pop, you can definitely smudge your artwork off. With all of this being said, Edibleart paint is not good for a busy cake pop artist with limited time and intentions of individually wrapping or shipping their product. You may get better results by placing a small table fan on your workspace…but do you really want to go through all of that trouble? I also found that it was difficult to mix colors to the perfect shades that I wanted. I do not recommend Edibleartpaint if you want a high quality, finished product.
FDA Approved Ingredients. You get a little more for your money with Poppy Paint’s 15ml bottles. Poppy is also very runny and the bottle nozzle helps to guide the amount of paint that you use as you add to your pallet. Above all, I truly want to highlight that POPPY PAINTS DRYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!! In like 30-60 seconds!!!
There really isn’t much more to say about the pros of this product, because it just goes on smoothly, dries quickly as you apply more layers, and doesn’t smudge. It makes for a solid, clean, finished product. Also, the product developer is very nice and was helpful in answering my questions…which led me to buy the product in the first place!!! Her feedback was completely honest.
Poppy can get a little messy, smells strongly of alcohol (which eventually evaporates anyway) and dries VERY quickly on your pallet. You will find that you constantly have to re-hydrate the paint you’re working with by using alcohol or the re-hydrator product. Also, these don’t go on as dark as Edibleartpaints, so you have to apply multiple coats to your work. Luckily, because the paint dries so quickly, it isn’t that much of a big deal and can almost be done in one sitting. Price-wise, Poppy Paints are more expensive with less flexible vendors/stockists ($7-$9 a piece, unless you get lucky and catch a blowout sale like I did), and you may be tempted to buy from their many choices of colors instead of mixing your own. I also had to invest in getting two bottles of the hydrator product, although you may be able to get by with just alcohol. The paintbrushes can be a little more tricky to clean and require pure lemon extract or edible glaze thinner (more $$).
In their bottles, the paint settles quickly, so you must shake and mix the ingredients often before using them again.
Both aforementioned products will get the job done for you, and I’m sure you will find which one works best for the job at hand.
Even so, I hope that my review is helpful. I would like to hear more about other confectionary art adventures! I will gladly answer questions or concerns if there are any. Best of luck and have fun!!!!