Friday, March 21, 2014

Wilton’s Twist Quick Coupler Set – A Review

All good things come with a twist – a dance, a game and of course a twist in one’s cocktail.  Here’s another one -

When I opened my generous box of Wilton goodies with cake and decorating supplies, I was very intrigued by their product called the Twist Quick Coupler Set so I decided to give it a try and write a review.

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If you’re new to using decorating tips with a pastry bag or even a parchment cone, a traditional standard coupler comes in two parts – the threaded part that goes inside the decorating bag and protrudes slightly from the cut end point of the bag, and the ring which twists onto the threaded coupler holding a decorating tip in place on the end of the coupler.  This system allows the decorator to change decorating tips and therefore design patterns.

Wilton’s Twist Quick Coupler is much larger than a traditional standard coupler due to it’s half turn locking mechanism. 

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This set also has an ‘extra’ part compared to the traditional coupler.  The tall middle part, in the above photo, is like a go-between to the threaded coupler part that goes inside the pastry bag and the ring that secures a tip.  On the Twist Quick Coupler, the ‘ring’ of the traditional coupler is replaced by the purple cap.  

The little bumps inside the purple cap fits with the spiral grooves of the tall part of the go-between coupler thus enabling a half twist to lock and release.  I was surprised how much I really did like this.

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Here’s the quick coupler all ready to decorate!

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It also comes with an additional purple cap that twists onto the coupler end, without a tip, to store the icing in the bag for a later use.  Although this is a good idea, personally, I think the storage cap should accommodate the decorating tip to still be attached to the coupler.  The cap should be able to go over the tip and coupler combo.  Just my preference.

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Otherwise, I’m doing this -

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…sticking a toothpick in the end of the tip that I plan on still using.  It’s a quick fix  because I don’t want the opening of my tip to dry out.  The toothpick trick just works for small round openings but it’s the tips I usually work with.  If the storage cap was just a little longer it would at least take care of one tip no matter what size opening the tip had. 

So here is my recap.

The things I like about the Twist Quick Coupler -

1.  It really does allow for quicker changes of decorating tips when working with a single color.

2.  If ease of finger and thumb dexterity is a challenge, then this makes it much easier than the repetitive motion of twisting a standard coupler ring on and off.

3.  Sometimes marrying the standard coupler and ring can get wonky.  This is completely eliminated with this set.

4.  The tall ‘in-between’ coupler piece, as I call it, secures the icing in the bag like nobody’s business when attached to the internal coupler.  I can’t foresee any icing making its way out of that connection.

5.  A storage cap is included with the coupler set to seal the icing in the bag for later use.

4.  Removing the internal coupler to clean is easy with just a squeeze at the end of the bag in the opposite direction (towards the top of the bag).  This isn’t always an easy thing to do with a standard coupler.  I’m all for quick and easy clean up at the end of a project.  Yay!

5.  Because it’s larger, it’s less likely to end up in the garbage disposal by accident.  I can’t tell you how many tips and couplers I’ve ground up not knowing they had fallen into the dark abyss where only my hand fits to retrieve it.  Yuck.

My only improvement is what I stated above -

1.  Make the storage cover long enough to accommodate a decorating tip still attached to the coupler.

Of course, the unit costs more than the little 2-piece standard coupler and takes up more room to store but it is nice to have at least one or two in your decorating arsenal.

I hope this review was helpful to you.  :)

So, tell me, what do you think of the product?  Here’s a link from Wilton to see the Twist Quick Coupler Set in use.

10 comments:

Unknown said...

Marilyn, will this fit Ateco tips? Or only Wilton tips? Thanks.

Carole said...

Not sure why that showed up as "unknown". Sorry! This is Carole asking re Ateco tips.

Marilyn *Pink Martinis and Pearls* said...

Hi Carole,

Thanks for the question. It's a good one! The coupler fits any brand of small-sized regular tips as seen in the photos.

It won't hold the large and over-sized decorating tips as it would cover the locking grooves of the coupler, but then a standard coupler won't accommodate the larger tips either.

For any decorating tip larger than a standard small size, one either needs a special large coupler to accommodate the tip or a designated pastry bag cut with a larger opening so the tip will slide into place. I prefer the latter.

I know I answered more than you asked but I love talking about this stuff! haha :)

Mary Ann at classic•casual•home said...

I've never wanted to start decorating with icing more than now!

Mary Ann at classic•casual•home said...

And especially with Wilton!

Francesca Hewitt said...

I love Wilton but with me being in the UK I have to really read a half dozen reviews on their new products before I get it shipped across! Thank you for your amazing review! I should hopefully receive mine before the end of April!

Marilyn *Pink Martinis and Pearls* said...

So glad it was helpful to you, Francesca. :)

mizz said...

I am new to cake decorating, thanks to you, you have sparked my interest again (when I was little I wanted to be a cake decorator!) Anything to help the beginner change tips with such ease is an A+ in my book! Have been wanting to try more Wilton products, and this review was VERY helpful!

Jen Somewhere said...

I'm an icing newbie. I've decorated a time or two, but I have used--gasp!--a ziploc baggie and a coupler pushed through a slice at the bottom corner and taped to ensure it stays snug. I'm thinking that this Wilton set might just have my name on it! I think it would make decorating MUCH easier and quite possibly...MORE FUN! And with Easter just around the corner, I think it's the perfect reason to go pick one up! Now to decide which recipe of yours I am daring enough to try! Thanks for this post. Think it will help me out a lot!

Trevor Sis Boom said...

Nothing worse than an unplanned uncoupling. Especially if just a quick twist of the tip can prevent it. One of these days I'm going to make good on that tutorial offer as something tells me you never have these problems.

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