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Sugar Quill with Edible Ink and Parchment

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**Before you go on to read this Instructable, please note that it includes several mini-projects. I apologize if it seems, at times, disjointed but, frankly, I'm experimenting as I go along.**

Of all of the candies mentioned in the Harry Potter series, none have I ever wanted more. Of all of those available at the Wizarding World theme park, none was a bigger disappointment. The most coveted, among myself and my nerdiest of friends, Honeydukes product has always been the Sugar Quill.

At the Wizarding World, you pay $3.95 for a chunky, feather-shaped lollipop.

I figured that I could do better.

This Instructable shows you the two different types of sugar quills that I came up with, as well as including bonus recipes for edible ink and parchment (rice paper) to complete the set and give you a real, tasty, and functioning sugar quill.

NOTE: It's not terribly practical, and attempting to mass-produce it may drive you to the brink of madness.

Let's begin!

Step 1: Materials

We're going to break it down into parts. The first bits of the 'Ible will show you how to make the Ink and Paper, and the next bits will detail the making of each sugar quill, out of the (mostly) same base materials.

Materials for Ink:
Water-based beverage of choice (a dark fruit juice is recommended, like grape or, as I used, pomegranate)
Saucepan with Lid
Wooden Spoon
Microwave-Safe Bowl
Plastic Wrap
Bag of frozen vegetables
Refrigerator
Small container (optional)

Materials for Edible Parchment (Rice Paper):
Stock Pot with Lid
Rice Flour (glutinous works best if you can get it)
Water
Measuring Cup and Spoons
Spatula
Wooden Floral Hoop (or a Quilting Hoop), the same size of larger than your stockpot
Cheesecloth
Something to attach the cheesecloth to the wooden hoop (unless you actually use a quilting hoop)

Materials for Sugar Quills:
Sugar
Light Corn Syrup
Microwave-Safe Bowl
Silicone Spatula
Measuring Stuff
More plastic wrap
Knife and other shaping tools (you'll see)
Parchment or Wax Paper, or a Silicone Baking Liner
An actual calligraphy pen with removable tips1
Sugru (or food-grade silicone if you can get it/are that concerned)1
Corn starch1

1 Denotes something that I used in addition to the first attempt, in order to produce the second

 
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yallen2 years ago
If you use rice paper cut to shape with lines cut into or painted on with edible writing gel or food colouring you could have a feather that felt soft and light and moved almost like a real feather. Not as tasty as your idea though.
alarsen8 yallen6 months ago

you could attach cosston candy on the "non-fethery"-part of the sugarquill to make i sugary ang light and fluffy;)

alarsen8 alarsen86 months ago

sorry i just realized my typie... i ment cotton candy and not cosston hehe:)

CakeBob7 months ago

Where did you get the glass bottles? They are so cute and I want to use them at my birthday party!!C=

yota (author)  CakeBob7 months ago
It's been a long time, but I think I got them at Michael's. You can always take a look; they usually have some pretty cool glassware for about a dollar a piece. And don't forget to look for coupons on-line!
thehbird9 months ago

yeah ur right you can do better then WB and you made ink and parchment to go with it WB has nothing

so simple and delicious
Popopopper2 years ago
for your next HP candy, can you make a super-sour acid pop?
"Attempting to mass-produce it may drive you to the brink of madness." Then to the brink of madness I go! Im going to make loads of these, along with a dozen other types of sweets (fever fudge, chocolate frogs etc...)for my birthday :D I cant wait! I was so dissapointed when i saw that the sugar quills in WWoHP were just lollies, but these look amazing!
yallen2 years ago
Letting them cool at room temperature would make a stronger bond.
yallen2 years ago
Corn syrup is hard to find where I live but maybe I could melt hard boiled lollies?
yallen2 years ago
You could use cordial to skip this step. or use something like corn syrup to thicken the syrup easier. If you freeze the jar or container before adding the liquid it would cool down a lot faster. If you make the liquid thicker, from a juice that does not need refrigerating, you won't need to store it in the fridge. Even after opening it will have a such a high sugar content after boiling down that it should keep for a few weeks in the cupboard.
Your so amazing i don't know why reinzig is so cranky its awesome i'm making my own when i have the marathon of harry potter
a4806412 years ago
if one was in a rush they could probably use store bought rice paper couldnt they?
Shany1203 years ago
Im gonna make these for the premiere tonight! yum!
amoser3 years ago
Your soo smart! I love thiss soo much! Im gonna make these snacks for the midnight premier and give them to my friends and i to eat while the movie! THANKS A TON!!!<33
kathrynl3 years ago
This is brilliant! I've been wanting to experiment with this idea for awhile too. I love it! Thanks for putting up some great instructions.
yota (author)  kathrynl3 years ago
If you try your own version, I'd love to see what you come up with!
reinzig3 years ago
I don't get why you need to use a bag of frozen veggies...why can't you just put the mixture in the same glass container and put it in the fridge? And of course, in addition to not understanding, it seems like such a shame to waste a bag of frozen veggies!
yota (author)  reinzig3 years ago
Wow, you almost sound angry about this...

First of all, you use them, in the fridge, for about five minutes. They barely thaw in that time and I was able to put them back in the freezer for later use. And, yeah, maybe they might thaw too much in that time, but you can cook them afterwards! Why would you throw them out?!

You can also use an ice pack. Either way, the point is to achieve a rapid cool down; if you leave it to cool over a longer period of time, you leave it too warm, so it continues cooking and can easily burn. The purpose of putting it in a different bottle, as I did, was aesthetic, but either way it needs to be stored refrigerated and covered somehow.

I hope that that cleared things up.
reinzig yota3 years ago
So odd. I wasn't and am not angry in the least. It just seemed curious, and I honestly couldn't figure out why this step was necessary, so i just asked. I guess it also seemed kinda funny that it specified a bag of frozen veggies. Now that you say an ice back will work as well, and about the rapid cool down, it makes more sense to me. Thanks.
yota (author)  reinzig3 years ago
LOL, maybe angry wasn't the right word... Perhaps upset on behalf of my frozen corn..? :P
So I made the mixture but its too hot to work with it when its about to harden. Then it hardens really quickly and I cant work with it. Any sugesstions?
yota (author)  MonkeyBoy32173 years ago
It does harden pretty quickly. It only took mine a few minutes to cool to a touchable temperature. Just keep an eye on it; keep your hand hovering above it where you're not quite touching but can still feel the heat to get an idea of its temperature and periodically poke it with a toothpick or something to test the consistency. When it's thick enough that you have a bit of trouble getting the toothpick out, that should be good, temperature allowing. Also, even if it's a little stiff, the heat from your hands and your constant working of the candy should keep it pliable enough. I will admit, I did have to work fast to get it right.

Good luck and thanks for viewing!
Biggsy3 years ago
It's abit macarbe to say so maybe..... but in you last step/picture... the rice paper looks like flesh that has been carved into


very cool well done

high five for you
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yota (author)  Biggsy3 years ago
LOL! I love that the macabre gets me a high five!
Biggsy yota3 years ago
welcome ;)