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The incredible, edible…glitter?

By Bethany Laskin | Staff Writer

February 19, 2013

The other night, I decided to try out a recipe for edible glitter.

Yup. That’s right. Edible. Glitter.

Now in the world of crafting, glitter is everything.

For its unforeseen proliferation and infectious qualities, glitter is affectionately known as the “herpes of the craft world.” It’s the foundation upon which handmade crafts are based, and it is the final touch that brings everything together.

And when you take the wonder of glitter and suddenly make it edible, hardcore crafters will have shivers running up and down their spines at the prospect.

The homemade edible glitter on a mini chocolate cupcake. (Bethany Laskin / Photo)

The homemade edible glitter on a mini chocolate cupcake. (Bethany Laskin / Photo)

Before I began my experiment I discussed it with a couple of my classmates. One in particular declared it would never work and berated me for wasting my time.

However, I pressed onward despite her disbelief and decided to see if this recipe would be one of fact or fantasy.

First, the recipe calls for mixing together a 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of food coloring.

I complied–using red as my first choice–and watched as the sugar splashed with dye clumped together, then separated into little red clusters.

Not a very reassuring start, but still, I treaded on.

I stirred the mixture vigorously, until at last the entire bowl of sugar was startlingly red.

Anxiously, I put the bowl in the oven set at 350 degrees, watching and waiting to see whether my craft and hope had been in vain or not.

Finally the excruciating ten minutes of baking ended and I opened the oven.

I removed the bowl, looked inside and found one huge hardened lump of red sugar.

Well this is awkward, I thought to myself.

Disappointment washed over me, but in a last ditch effort, I broke apart the sugar with a fork, and yes, even a meat mallet.

As the sugar crystals broke apart, I noticed them sparkling and shining.

I had done it! I made edible glitter!

In that moment I felt like the Thomas Edison of crafting, creating something so groundbreaking it would change humanity and the course of history forever.

On my glittery mountaintop, I proceeded to experiment with different colors.

The blue turned out just as vibrant and glittery as the red, but when I tried out the purple, it sadly resembled the color of asphalt.

All in all, I must state that this Pinterest recipe did turn out to be a success.

Although, it wasn’t even close to looking like the picture advertised, it still served the purpose, providing the means for decorating cakes and turning chocolate chip cookies a delightfully and eye-startlingly pink tint.

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