Must tell you about this. Yesterday I found gold … and enjoyed eating it!
Mrs John presented me with a rather striking, metallic gold gift box of dark chocolate truffles, all finished with edible gold leaf. What had I done to deserve that? Dunno, but they were very welcome and made me feel good. I’m a lucky boy! The last time I remember unearthing gold was many yonks ago.
Founded in 1875, Charbonnel et Walker is one of Britain’s earliest chocolatiers. There first shop opened at 173 New Bond Street in Mayfair and remained there ever since.
They are now housed in one of London’s elegant arcades, the Royal Arcade on Old Bond Street and are endorsed by the Royal Warrant as chocolate manufacturers to Her Majesty The Queen.
So, the most frequent use of gold in editable form today is in its use by the top quality chocolate makers who produce chocolates with gold leaf. Food producers have even successfully marketed marmalade with gold particles. The body doesn’t absorb gold easily so what you eat will quickly leave the system.
IS GOLD LEAF REALLY EDIBLE?
In most cases, yes. Gold is considered ‘biologically inert,’ meaning it passes through the digestive tract without being absorbed, but make sure to get gold that is as pure as possible—this means 22-24 carats. Gold leaf with a smaller carat value has more impurities and is less safe to eat. I wouldn’t recommend eating the gold ring you have just found when detecting. Just give it kiss when performing your Victory Dance.
Gold was first used in cooking in the Middle Ages and today is a permissible food colouring with its own e-number. While peasants like you and me went hungry, the rich decorated their lavish banquets with the patina of gold. Roast birds and other meat dishes were wrapped in thin gold leaf in an ostentatious display of wealth.
But, the ultimate run decadence is as liquor called Goldschlager, created as long ago as 1598, which is flecked with minute particles of gold leaf suspended in the liquid.
The liqueur is used to flavour the aptly named Soufflé Rothschild. This authentic hot cinnamon schnapps has floating flakes of real 24 carat gold and imported from Switzerland, packaged in a distinctive and iconic bell-shaped bottle.
The price is beyond my means and I reckon many of yours too but, at a pinch, you could always shave that gold stater you found, stir the flakes in a can of Newcastle Brown Ale and pretend you are Elton John. Okay, Stella lager if you prefer! On second thoughts, don’t try this at home. In larger quantities gold can be toxic and thus harmful to health, so be warned!
Gold leaf is readily available online, from specialty gold distributors, auction sites, and even Amazon? Specialty cake decorating stores often carry gold leaf or gold flakes.
DID YOU ALSO KNOW?
Gold is valued both for its natural beauty and because it can be fashioned into most intricate and satisfying shapes and preserves for centuries its lustre and colour. Gold is also the most malleable of metals and from the earliest recorded times craftsmen have hammered it into leaf of a thinness less than the wavelength of visible light, invisible on edge under the highest powered optical microscope 1/250,000th of an inch or 70 millimicrons. Because of this thinness beaten gold conforms with the contours of the surface of the material on which it is applied by the gilder – stone, wood, glass, leather or other substances – using an adhesive “size” of water, oil, white of egg or other suitable ingredients. When skilfully applied the durability of the gold leaf is evident from the face masks and mummy cases of the rulers of Ancient Egypt entombed in splendour with their gilded furniture and ornaments. These and other examples of beaten gold from antiquity, preserved in museums throughout the world, are comparable in every detail with gold leaf of the present day produced by the same methods in the unbroken tradition of the craft of goldbeating. Courtesy of Wrights of Lymm Ltd. See more HERE
Perhaps the most well-known works of art in the world is the funerary mask of Tutankhamun, which is fashioned from two layers of high carat gold varying from 1.5-3mm in thickness
Gold worth millions is flushed into British sewers every year …
Brushing gold teeth and rubbing wedding rings as we wash our hands is contributing to an estimated £13 million worth of precious metals flushed away every year … from The Telegraph SEE MORE HERE