CMC stands for carboxymethyl cellulose. It's a fine powder that makes the sugar paste thicker/firmer (the formed parts hold the shape better) and speeds-up the drying time. Other names for CMC are tylose powder and tylo powder.

CMC is NOT the same thing as gum tragacanth. CMC is a synthetic substitute for gum tragacanth. CMC works quicker than gum tragacanth, so you don't have to wait many hours for the paste to get thicker/firmer.

I usually use Rainbow Dust Tylo Powder or Squires Kitchen CMC. You don't have to use the same products as me to get the same results.

This page is intended to be viewed online and may not be printed.

Please view this page at