Gold painted cookies have quickly become a specialty of mine. My customers (and myself) adore the high shine, glam, over-the-top element that gold details add to any set of cookies. Over my short year and a half of doing cookies, I’ve tried a few brands of gold powders/luster dusts in hopes of finding “the one”. I’ve had some that were disappointing and some that had me in awe.
To start, let me just encourage you to NOT make the mistake that I made by accidentally ordering Oasis Supply Company brand “imperial gold” on Amazon. Although the product has a nice tone to it, it’s honestly not even in the same league in terms of shine and opacity of CK and Rolkem.
I tried CK Imperial Gold first and was stunned by the quality. When I ran out, and after my accidental Amazon purchase mistake of buying the wrong brand, I found out that many of my favorite cookie retailers had begun selling the Rolkem Supers powders, specifically the Gold. I added one to my cookie cutter order, and was definitely impressed with the quality. After going back to CK recently, I decided that there are some major differences in the two brands, so I decided to compare each side by side for you! Here are my results:
*Each powder is mixed with about a 1:1 ratio of power and Everclear (a high alcohol content liquor. Vodka can be used instead).*
- Rolkem: $6-7 for 10mL (10g), which makes it approximately $.65/mL or gram
- CK: $3.50 on Truly Mad Plastics for 2g, which equates to $1.75/g
The price difference is major and is honestly the main difference between the two products.
- Rolkem: Yellow undertone, much more of a true Yellow Gold
- CK: Green undertone, more of a true gold
- Rolkem: less opaque, has a grittier and thicker texture. I find that when mixing this with Everclear, you need to add more Everclear more often and mix every minute or so.
- CK: very opaque, no visible texture.
Although with a single swipe on a flat cookie, the textures might not appear to be that different, the difference is very apparent when being applied to any kind of texture on a cookie (words, flowers, fondant detailing, etc.)
- Rolkem: (top) High shine, but not as brilliant of a shine as the CK. You can still see some texture, even when the light hits it directly.
- CK: (bottom) VERY high shine, a very true metallic effect.
- Rolkem is sold any MANY online retailers, including Truly Mad Plastics, How Sweet Is that, and other popular cookie supply retailers.
- CK is basically only available on Amazon, Etsy, and Truly Mad Plastics. I buy mine from TMP because it’s by far the cheapest, at about half the price of the other retailers. CK does have their own shop online but you must own a business to purchase from them and their minimum purchase is $150, which isn’t realistic for most small business owners.
So which brand is better? You decide! I prefer the CK Imperial Gold. It’s more than 2 1/2 times the price but is it 2 1/2 times better?… That’s up to you! Will I continue to repurchase it? Absolutely. What can I say? I’m a sucker for that shine!
*Disclaimer: Both products are considered to be non-toxic, for decoration only.*