Edible Glitter Recipe

How To Make Edible Glitter

Lips coated with edible glitter
It's better to use edible glitter on your mouth than the type made with metals and plastics.

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Make your own edible glitter. It's easy and inexpensive and much safer for kids or to put on your face.

Edible Glitter Ingredients

You only need two kitchen ingredients to make the glitter:

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid food coloring

You can use granulated white sugar or any of the crystalline sugars. Avoid brown sugar (too moist) and powdered sugar (not sparkly). Use liquid food coloring because paste coloring is more difficult to mix and may discolor when baked.

  1. Mix together the sugar and food coloring.
  2. Bake the colored sugar in a 350 F oven for 10 minutes.
  3. Store the sugar glitter in a sealed container, to protect it from moisture.

Non-Toxic Glitter Recipe

Salt also forms beautiful crystals and is edible:

  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid food coloring
  1. Mix together the salt and food coloring.
  2. Bake the colored salt on a baking sheet at 350 F for 10 minutes.
  3. Allow the glitter to cool. Store the glitter in a sealed bag or container.

You can mix either type of glitter with corn syrup or non-toxic glue for craft projects or stick it to your skin. It also sticks fairly well onto petroleum jelly for use on your lips. Because petroleum jelly is oil-based, it won't dissolve the sugar.