**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.
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
Bag of frozen vegetables
Small container (optional)
Materials for Edible Parchment (Rice Paper):
Stock Pot with Lid
Rice Flour (glutinous works best if you can get it)
Measuring Cup and Spoons
Wooden Floral Hoop (or a Quilting Hoop), the same size of larger than your stockpot
Something to attach the cheesecloth to the wooden hoop (unless you actually use a quilting hoop)
Materials for Sugar Quills:
Light Corn Syrup
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
1 Denotes something that I used in addition to the first attempt, in order to produce the second