Thank you Indian Chalkie for such a detailed reply.Hi All things clay,
To answer your questions
Yes slate pencils are extremely earthy and crunchy so they do taste. What you saw in the video wont do till you actually get to taste it. Secondly, why i mentioned the supply part is bcoz each brand and even same brand bought from diff stores can vary in taste. Since i have been eating them forever,i know which ones to buy and from where. These are sold in stationery and small grocery stores in india and they maintain not large supplies
Each box of slate pencils contain 15 to 20 of them and there are usually about 25 boxes in a case that the shopkeepers purchase...so if you buy them out..you dont know which brand they'd get next or if it even would taste the same. Hope that clarifies. And yes, everyone knows that these slate pencils are consumed but they still dont manufacture them for consumption. They are pounded up in machines which shapes the pencils as seen.in yout tube videos so having someone prepare it hygeinically is out of question as that is out of your hands
We eat it knowing where it's coming from and are ok with it
Yes you can bake it to remove any impurities but they already come sun dried and taste delicious. The only problem with shipping them is the costs involved which will still be ok for you guys as a pound or dollar are stronger currencies
If you decide to check into doing this please let us know - maybe if you get a chance you could see what shipping costs would be? Also, if you did this I wonder if it would be possible for you to find out where the shopkeepers get them from and buy them like that so that you control what brands you get? If it was possible I would be interested in buying a couple of boxes at first and if I like them then buying a case.
I am glad to know that at least the manufacturers know that people eat these pencils.
I already chew chalk, but these pencils sound like a much more delicious and earthy version of chalk so please let us know if you decide to sell them but if you have concerns no problem because I wouldn't want to get hooked on them and then be unable to get them.