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Edible paper - also called wafer paper - belongs to the family of baking wafers. These are thin, wafer-like, brittle pieces of pastry. They are used to decorate desserts, cakes, pies, etc. They can be particularly eye-catching on festive occasions, for example when they represent a beautiful flower. There are no limits to artistic freedom. The ingredients are water, flour and starch, but there are also variations, e.g. with fruit (pineapple).

In simple form - as coloured eating plates - eating paper is a popular fun item for children. To make it taste good, flavourings and sweeteners are usually added to the batter. We tell you what you need to know to surprise and delight your family and guests with edible paper.




The most important facts

  • Edible paper refers to food plates whose appearance is reminiscent of paper.
  • Edible paper can be a classy embellishment for desserts and pastries, but also a fun item for children.
  • You can buy edible paper or easily make it yourself. As a rule, edible paper is not harmful.

The Best Edible Paper: Our Picks

Esspapier has been known in Germany for about 70 years. We have put together our favourites. Of course, this is also a question of personal taste. But there are so many modifications that there is something for everyone.

Buying and evaluation criteria for edible paper

It is difficult to find special buying and evaluation criteria for edible paper. This is because none of the common products have any serious defects. In particular, we are not aware of any that would be harmful or dangerous. This is because the ingredients are simple and straightforward. The only substance that could become critical in case of overdose is sugar. However, none of the products we examined contains an excess of sugar.

Price

An important criterion is therefore the price. You have to decide for yourself what you want to spend. Edible paper is generally not expensive.

Colour, shape, design and purpose

Other criteria are colour, shape, design and purpose. Here, too, you have to decide according to your personal taste.

Ingredients

If you suffer from gluten intolerance, make sure you only use products without wheat flour and starch.

Consistency

Edible paper of any kind should be dry and easy to break. It's the crunchiness that we like about it.

Storage

Since edible paper contains only a few simple ingredients, it has a very long shelf life. This means years. It is important that it is stored in a dry place. Cellars are therefore generally not such a good place to store it.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about edible paper answered in detail

Who is the edible paper suitable for?

There are no restrictions for healthy people. Eating paper is not harmful. If you like it and it tastes good, you can eat it.

What types of edible paper are there?

There is a wide choice: Shanties, Mampfi, cake toppers, confetti, muffin, nibbles, etc. Decorative paper plus, wafer paper and fondant paper are excellent for decorating a wide variety of cakes and cupcakes and finishing them off in this way.

How much does a pack of edible paper cost?

Wafers in any variation cost between two and ten euros per packaging unit, depending on the brand.

Flour, water and starch

Flour, water and starch are mixed together to form a dough and made into thin slices in a waffle iron provided for this purpose. (Image source: Theme Photos / Unsplash)

Conclusion

Eating paper is primarily for children. There are few who haven't enjoyed eating it at some point. It is sweet and colourful, crunchy and tasty. The sugar content is low. Therefore, it can be recommended practically without reservation.

Regardless, it can be very decorative. Especially when it comes to cake paper, the various companies offer very pretty, sometimes artistic and individual pieces. Both in terms of colour and shape, real works of art can be created. Therefore, it is well suited to give a festive meal or celebration that "special touch".

(Cover photo: Kate Trysh / Unsplash)

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