How do you make edible glitter?


Quick Answer

The easiest way to create your own version of edible glitter dust is to combine sugar and food color with a pinch of food-grade shimmer dust. Edible glitter is a simple way to add sparkle to desserts.

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How do you make edible glitter?
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  1. Gather your supplies

    You'll need half a cup of granulated white sugar, two liquid food colors of your choice, two baking sheets, parchment paper and edible shimmer dust, available online or in the baking section of craft stores. If you can find larger sugar crystals, they will work better for the project. Do not use wax paper in place of parchment paper as it will catch on fire.

  2. Divide the sugar and add the color

    Divide the sugar into two bowls and mix two to three drops of the food color in each bowl. Add one drop at a time and stir so you can judge the consistency of the mixture. Mix the sugar so the color evenly coats it. The product should look similar to damp sand.

  3. Bake the sugar mixture

    Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread the sugar mixtures evenly on two parchment-lined baking sheets and put them in the oven for four minutes. Take out the trays and stir the mixture around. Put the trays back in the oven for another four minutes. Watch so the sugar doesn't melt, as oven temperatures vary widely.

  4. Add luster dust

    Let the sugar mixture cool. If it doesn't look sparkly enough, stir in a pinch of shimmer dust, available from companies like Wilton either at craft stores or online. Store in an airtight container and sprinkle on frosted cakes and cookies.

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