Ink4KCakes, a Winston-Salem company specializing in edible cake decorations and prints, has been working on the beverage topper concept for years.
"It was a matter of finding the recipe that melts and doesn't break once you pull it off," explained Top Melts General Manager, Van Kolors. "Because they're so thin and fragile, there's a fine line there. The ink is completely edible ink as far as the formula," Kolors added.
Kolors explained the sheets are just sugar and edible ink - so there's really no added taste except for a bit of sweetness.
Turning your drink into a work of art is as easy as uploading an image to Top Melts and choosing the size of topper you want.
Top Melts does not provide any images and customers are responsible for images uploaded.
The company prints up to a dozen of the top melts on sugar- based sheets and ships worldwide.
"Birthdays, Christmas, baby showers, whatever the occasion is, if you want it to look fancy you put that extra step in and do a top melt," Kolors said.
Kolors says Top Melts work in many drinks but seem to melt and float best in drinks with milk or cream and orange juice.
Check out these custom drink toppers! They’re called Top Melts. NC based @ink4cake developed these and can print any image for you. Talk about a signature cocktail! More at 4 on #ABC11 pic.twitter.com/eGVXuAzwYI— @AmberRupinta (ABC11 (@RupintaABC11) July 23, 2019