Gold leaf is one of those things that you hear about occasionally, and while it certainly indicates that whatever food item it’s gracing is going to be expensive, it also leaves us scratching our heads. Isn’t gold a metal? And a very expensive one at that? What’s it doing topping food instead of being turned into a wedding ring?

Yes, it’s real gold, but it’s so incredibly thin (less than one micron) and it isn’t insanely expensive, in fact a booklet of 2 sheets 50 x 50mm 23ct gold leaf priced £2.75.

Gold leaf is odourless and tasteless and certified safe to consume by the European Union and has classification of E175.

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