Packaging Ocean-Themed Cookies with Sugar Sand?

A client would like her ocean-themed royal-icing cookies individually packaged in heat-sealed cello bags along with some "sugar sand" -- a mix of white and light brown sugars that look like sand -- to resemble a beach scene. Has anyone tried this, and did the moisture in the sugars have any effect over time on the cookie's royal icing? I'm concerned that it might make the royal icing go soft, smear, or blotch.

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I wouldn't do it.  Instead I would try putting the cookies on a white board and attaching some non-pareils to the board.  You can airbrush white non pareils with ivory and it looks like sand.  The airbrush color doesn't have to be even. Blotches make it look more real.  Not sure if this would work, but assign the stuff to the bag will make a mess on the cookie.

I wouldn't recomment it either, though I have never tried.

What would worry me most is not the moisture, but scratches. The RI surface will surely get damaged by the sugar. And the sugar will stick to it. And cover the design. I doubt that a cookie  in a bag with sugar will look nice.

Maybe you can attach them to sand colored card board instead, or include some fondant shells or starfish? Or fill the box with sugar sand?

Moondance Cookies posted:

A client would like her ocean-themed royal-icing cookies individually packaged in heat-sealed cello bags along with some "sugar sand" -- a mix of white and light brown sugars that look like sand -- to resemble a beach scene. Has anyone tried this, and did the moisture in the sugars have any effect over time on the cookie's royal icing? I'm concerned that it might make the royal icing go soft, smear, or blotch.

I have done this.  They were star fish cookies and i did not have any problems at all.  I only used light brown sugar 

 

Laegwen posted:

I wouldn't recomment it either, though I have never tried.

What would worry me most is not the moisture, but scratches. The RI surface will surely get damaged by the sugar. And the sugar will stick to it. And cover the design. I doubt that a cookie  in a bag with sugar will look nice.

Maybe you can attach them to sand colored card board instead, or include some fondant shells or starfish? Or fill the box with sugar sand?

Actually they look awesome ! I came up with the idea a few years ago and it was extremely well received by the client and their guests

 

MonicaM posted:
Laegwen posted:

I wouldn't recomment it either, though I have never tried.

What would worry me most is not the moisture, but scratches. The RI surface will surely get damaged by the sugar. And the sugar will stick to it. And cover the design. I doubt that a cookie  in a bag with sugar will look nice.

Maybe you can attach them to sand colored card board instead, or include some fondant shells or starfish? Or fill the box with sugar sand?

Actually they look awesome ! I came up with the idea a few years ago and it was extremely well received by the client and their guests

 

You don't happen to have pictures? I would really love to see it!

Because my own experiences with packing cookies with sanding sugar on them are not so great. Part of the sugar always fell off and stuck to other parts of the cookies and it didn't look nice at all (even the bag became scratchy and kind of clouded). But I used white sugar, not brown. Maybe that is the difference?

Update: Here's the response from my client regarding the sugar-sand cookie favors for her daughter's party:

"She absolutely loved them! The packaging was very pretty. The sugar-sand was also perfect. People asked me about the sand. They thought it was really neat."

I kept one of the favors myself to see how it would hold up after a week. It still looks great: No scratches on the cookie (and I really shook the bag every few days), no softening of the royal icing, no sticking to the cookie. Bag still looks great, too. (Note: The icing had 24 hours to dry prior to packaging, which might have helped.)

I would definitely do it again!

Thank you everyone for your responses!

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