Silver on Indian Sweets (Vark)

#1 Jan 31st, 2017, 18:26
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There are always rumours that the silver topping on Indian Sweets (Vark) contains or is actually aluminium.

Would anybody know of a quick and easy test to find out if the topping is pure silver or not?
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For beginners, the price of the sweet..

But then apparently it is not that costly, so this source may be giving something more authentic -
'According to an article published in NDTV food, silver vark is very fine and so it will disintegrate when rubbed between the fingers. Alloy of aluminium is not that fine and if you rub that between the fingers it will roll up into a ball. Also, the adulterated silver foil will not spread out so smoothly but tends to break.'
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Damn... I've been just trusting them all these years!

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Came across a report in TOI, which said, "The consumer only needs to wipe the top layer of the sweet. If the silver residue sticks to your hand, it is definitely aluminium".
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Eating silver can turn you into a SMURF!

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Youngsters, as they always have and will, think that colloidal silver is their new thing. It was used as an anti-microbial long before antibiotics were discovered. Wilkie Collins (1824-1889) wrote a novel featuring its skin-changing side effect*.

I suspect that the silver leaf on the sweets passes straight through the body whereas the particles in colloidal silver are small enough to be absorbed.

Of course, it might be an option if I ever need to really disappear into the crowd! As long as the rest of my hair has fallen out by then. But... wasn't there something I recall about it making a person blind as well turning them a purplish-grey colour? .

I do actually like those sweets, the cashew ones,as they are less utterly-sweet than some others. I'm never going to eat enough to worry about it, though, silver foil or not.


*The novel would seem to be Poor Miss Finch, (1872,) and the rogue substance which had the same effect was apparently silver nitrate. And the plot seems to be far more contorted than I remember! It is 15-20 years ago that I read my way through Collins' novels.

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You mean Kaju Katli Nick?
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post But... wasn't there something I recall about it making a person blind as well turning them a purplish-grey colour?

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Erm! No, you're thinking of something else.

Stop it or it'll fall off!

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Yes, I guess I do.

Mrs N is out being a grandmother, so I had to look at the Krishna Sweets website to see if we call it the same thing. It seems we do
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