Glitter is always fun, no matter where you use it – on cupcakes, in drinks, on donuts, you name it! Sure, you could run out to the store and buy sprinkles. But I know you’re more creative than that. So, before you head out look for something to jazz up your treats with, check out this glitter guide by Shari’s Berries on how to make some sparkle you can eat. We’ve teamed up with the company to bring you their easy-to-follow recipes below. So, I’m going to let Shari’s Berries take over as they spill the beans on one of their secrets to dessert success!
There are 4 types of recipes: raw sugar glitter, gelatin glitter, gum arabic glitter, and tylose powder glitter. Edible glitter is simple to make, but for some methods, you’ll have to wait longer for it to bake or dry. If you want something quick, raw sugar is the way to go. For extra shimmer, try the gelatin or tylose powder methods.
Gelatin is mainly used as a thickener to sauces or desserts such as panna cotta. The main thing to remember about working with gelatin is don’t let it overheat. If you do, you’ll end up with a clumpy mess (believe us, we learned the hard way). While this makes beautiful glitter you can eat, it also has the longest wait time: a total of about 7 hours. You can reduce this time by putting the sheets of gelatin near a fan so that they dry a little faster.
Gum Arabic Glitter
Gum arabic has the properties of a glue or binder. It’s used in baking as a thickening agent in icings and fillings. Our experience with gum arabic glitter was quite fun. We learned that it picks up color well, so a little coloring goes a long way. Be sure to let the pieces cool when you take them out of the oven. After that, it’s easy to use your hands to break up the pieces. Gum arabic glitter took us a total of about 15 minutes to make. It works great with small baked goods such as cupcakes or cookies.
Raw Sugar Glitter
You can also make glitter with cane sugar. Raw sugar creates a shinier glitter with more glimmer because the sugar particles are thicker. The only downside is the slight brown tone. Keep that in mind when adding coloring. However, this method was the easiest to make. Baking allows the color to settle without staining, but if you’re in a rush, you can get a similar shimmer without baking. This method took a mere 7 minutes with baking.
Tylose Powder Glitter
Tylose powder helps make fondant a bit easier to work with and can be mixed with water to make glue you can eat. One thing to note is that regardless of how well you mix, you’ll still have tylose powder chunks in your mixture. This is perfectly normal and will still give you great results. Tylose powder glitter takes about an hour and a half to make. But keep an eye your batch as all ovens are different.
Special thanks to Shari’s Berries for that amazing tutorial! Make sure to check out all their delicious goodies here.