Edible Glitter Recipe by Sugar Geek Show

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About: Hi my name is Liz! I own Artisan Cake Company in Portland Oregon. I make 3D sculpted cakes and lots of toppers on a daily basis. I love technology, video games, trending topics, baked goods and funny cat vid...

Edible glitter to be considered fully edible needs to be made from all edible ingredients. What does edible mean? It means that the ingredients used are approved by the FDA and considered food.

Non-toxic (not edible) glitters are everywhere. You probably have seen them on cake pops, apples, etc. They are super sparkly and actually made from plastic. Now, will this hurt you if you eat it? Nope. It's non-toxic meaning that it will pass right through you just if you ate some wax.

But still, some people would prefer that everything they put on their cakes be actually made of food. So I tweaked my gelatin sheet recipe and added in some metallic luster dust from TruColor. Trucolor is really cool because they make their metallics with all naturally occurring minerals and they are really sparkly!

So let's make some edible glitter!

Step 1: Dissolving Your Gelatin

Pour water into a shallow dish. sprinkle gelatin evenly over the water and let it absorb for 5 minutes

Microwave for 30 seconds, then stir and microwave for another 15 seconds if needed to melt fully

Let sit for 5 minutes and bubbles will rise to the surface and create a white foam. Skim this foam off the surface with a spoon and discard

You can now use this base recipe by combining with edible luster dusts, metallics or food coloring

Step 2: Let It Dry

Spread your gelatin out onto a big sheet of plastic wrap and let it dry overnight. Break it up into small-ish pieces

Step 3: Grind It Up

Put a few pieces into a spice grinder (For best results) or a blender and blend it up. Sift the pieces so that the small ones go through and keep grinding up the bigger pieces. The smaller the pieces the better it will be and the more shiny.

Step 4: Done!

Wasn't that easy? Making edible glitter is pretty sweet and you can mix it up for any color. You can check out my full recipe for edible glitter on my website.

Step 5: Full Video

Watch the video tutorial on making this edible glitter

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    Minibod

    5 months ago on Introduction

    How long can you keep the edible glitter to make many different colors in advance of using it.

    Many thanks.

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    mrsmerwin

    8 months ago

    Looks so easy. It will be great to show my niece. She will love being able to decide herself what colors she wants.

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    MarlenaT

    8 months ago

    I’m going to have to try this! Thank you for sharing your recipe.

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    Penolopy Bulnick

    8 months ago

    This sounds both amazing and terrifying :)