What is Confectioner’s Glaze?
Confectioner’s glaze, also known as pharmaceutical glaze, Is used by numerous candy companies to add a shiny, smooth finish on their products. It’s made using shellac, but shellac—or “beetle juice,” as ABC News calls it—is made of bug secretions. After feeding on tree sap, the female lac bug secretes a substance called lac to protect her soon-to-hatch eggs. Often found and collected in forests of India or Thailand, the lac later hardens to create a flaky shellac. It is then dissolved in ethanol, an alcohol fuel distilled from plant materials. The process leads to the creation of glaze and shellac polish.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, the glaze is a “non-nutritive substance,” or a substance that does not contribute negatively or positively to nutrition.
Possible Side Effects From Ingesting Confectioner’s Glaze?
N/A if no allergies are present.
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