Friday, March 02, 2007

Crayola Crayons

A couple other inquiries (Inquiry 2/13 & Inquiry 3/1) into Crayola products gives more insight into Crayola's corn-free status.

Their regular crayons are corn-free except for the glue on the wrapper. The wrapper should be removed and the crayons washed to remove any remaining traces of corn before use.

It was rumored that corn starch was used in the molds for the crayons, but that is not true. Crayola does not use corn starch in the molds, however they do use a silicone spray on an as-needed basis (see post 4000.27 and post 4083.1 on Delphi -Avoiding Corn Forum).

The crayons also do not contain soy or coconut/palm. They are made in a paraffin base, not vegetable or beeswax.

Crayola did confirm in Inquiry 3/1 that there are corn derivatives in all of their markers, air-dry clay, model magic, white paste, and dough (citric acid in the dough).

Also according to the Inquiry 3/1 “the computer system at Crayola doesn't give the ability to type in, say, "corn" and get information on all corn derivatives, and she doesn't have a list of ingredients in each product. She has to type in each ingredient separately and it will pull of a list of products with that ingredient. She checked on corn, corn syrup, corn starch, dextrins, dextrose, citric acid and xanthan gum for me.”

So this may explain why different people get different results when contacting Crayola.

See also our post about Crayola colored pencils

(Confirmed soy: Color Wonder washable finger-paints and markers, colored pencils, and the regular washable markers contain soy.)

1 comment:

Elisssabeth said...

THANK YOU for this!