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How Safe Is It To Eat Edible glitter?

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Ever heard about or thought about eating “edible glitter”? Or you don’t know what that is? Whether you know or don’t know, this blog is for everyone!

But the question is, when exactly did people start eating glitter? The very first moment when edible glitter took the social media was in 2017. Trending on Instagram, it got incredible fame and since then… the rest is history. If you visit restaurants now, you can see menus having glitter added on. Well, you can imagine some colorful cuisines to be served in front of you!

The best option so far has been the drinks. Edible glitter for drinks has been made uniquely. Glitter lattes are something that you will love to take pictures with. Apart from lattes, the most Instagrammable glittery items are jellies, iced tarts, and even gravy! How can you not mention sparkly champagne! Lavish drinks with the addition of gold edible glitter not only sound but also look rejuvenating.

Having a birthday party? Add some edible glitter to your unicorn cake. Or, do you want to bring some more magic to your kid’s party? How about adding glittery mermaid churros or gleaming sundaes? Sounds ravishing and so much fun! And, yes, some people find it a useless and bizarre trend to be followed. Truly speaking, imagine eating a pizza with glitter or drink cappuccinos with sparkles inside might budge you a little.

As far as safety is concerned, the glitter trend has to be taken under consideration as per the FDA that explicitly explained that all glitters are not made for humans to eat. In short, flashy foods are everywhere!

What is the difference between the varieties of glitter?

  • Edible or Food Grade – A glitter made for humans to eat without injuring their health.
  • Non-toxic – Made with safe-to-eat and non-harmful or non-toxic ingredients that make them acceptable for consumption but are not FDA approved. We can say it is somewhat non-edible. Besides, they are not digestible.
  • Non-edible – Absolutely not allowed to eat because of their ingredients and making

Why are people eating glitter?

Now, the most important question that might everyone be asking is “what’s the deal with glitter in food?” and “why people are so obsessed with having a sparkle in foods?”.

It is pretty simple!

People tend to get attracted to shiny, glittered, and sparkly things. Edible glitter being non-flavored seems like an esthetic addition to the foods. Whereas sugary or flavored edible glitter is not only for making food more pleasing but also tastier. Adding a pop of glitter definitely makes the person excited and tempted enough to give it a try!

Besides, it is the “social media life” where everyone likes to take pictures that look purely aesthetic. But, remember, we cannot force anyone to like anything so there are millions of people who find this shining appeal and gritty texture unattractive.

What is edible glitter made of?

The most common ingredients required in making edible glitter are sugar, acacia (gum Arabic), maltodextrin, and cornstarch. Sugar brings the honied taste and gum combined with starch makes it hard, sticky, and elastic as well as gooey enough to be eaten. Pretty easy, huh!

They are only safe to eat when taken in small quantities. Means, DO NOT USE GLITTER FOR GARNISHING EVERY OTHER DISH EITHER SAVORY OR SWEET, DRINK OR EDIBLE!

Want to add some color? Get yourself the FDA-approved color additives such as mica-based pearlescent pigments and FD&C colors such as FD&C Blue No. 1.

Different Types of Edible Glitters & Edible Luster Dusts 

We all have seen cakes and cookies, jellies and lattes, ice creams and donuts, sundaes, and other sweets being decorated with a wide variety of glitters. In terms of taste and texture, making and flavor glitter differ, and probably this is a good thing. How? It gives you more room to be creative and make innovations!

Depending on their diverse properties, glitters create different effects. Let’s take a little guided tour on edible glitters or edible glitter dust that are primarily used for decorating cakes and other bakery desserts.

Luster Dust

It is highly lustrous, just like its name explains. Made with extremely shiny fine grains, it comes in pearlized powder form. This food-grade item can be mixed or sprinkled on drinks, too. It can be painted or airbrushed.

Dazzlers Dusts & Hologram Dusts 

Well, we cannot classify it in the edible but non-toxic glitter category. It gives a real bright glittery shine to your foods. Edible Holo glitter is Best for decorating desserts when you need an extra sparkle.

Petal Dust

Glitter that comes with matte touch and feels like a very fine powder. It best suits for making edible flower brushing.

Tinker Dusts

Glossier and glitterier than luster dust, it is an absolutely beautiful thing that is found in a huge variety of colors. The key appeal is its silkier texture. Being 100% FDA approved, it is safe to consume.

Sprinkle it on frosting or whip cream! Give your chocolate a brush stroke!

Highlighter Dust

Somewhat similar to Luster Dust, they are made in deep colors giving a rich-toned touch, and, yes, they are different from others as they look incredibly metallic.

The best and shiniest FDA-Approved edible glitters

  • Bakell (Super Gold and Gold Pearl)
  • Roxy and Rich (Soft Gold)
  • Crystal Colors (Antique Gold)
  • Edible Art (Glamorous Gold and Champagne Gold)
  • The Sugar Art (Wedding Gold and Super Gold)
  • CK Products (Shiny Gold and Satin Gold)

How to make edible glitter

Do not trust commercial-made edible glitters? Not a big deal! You can make your glitter at home.

We are mentioning the two recipes here for salty and sugary homemade edible glitters. Use them as you like to make your cake decorating a center of attention.

Sugar glitter


  • Raw sugar – ½ cup
  • Liquid Food coloring – ½ tsp


  • Preheat the oven (to 150°C)
  • Pour your sugar in a snap-lock pouch
  • Add a couple of drops of your desired food coloring
  • Massage the color through the sugar for a better mixing
  • Take out the colored sugar and lay it on a foil-lined baking tray
  • Put the tray in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes OR until the sugar starts to glisten
  • Leave the tray for one hour to cool down
  • Crush it down with your hand and do not over-do it
  • Keep it in an airtight container

Edible Glitter With Gum Arabic


  • Hot water – ½ Tsp.
  • Gum Arabic – ½Tsp.
  • Liquid food coloring (optional)


  • Preheat the oven (to 285 degrees F)
  • Stir thoroughly and dissolve the added gum Arabic in the hot water
  • If you are adding color, pour it in the water before mixing gum Arabic
  • Strain the mixture (use a nylon cloth) and remove all the gum lumps
  • Paint the gum liquid over a clean glass dish. You can use a parchment paper sheet, too.
  • Bake it until it gets totally dry
  • Scrape it off the surface
  • Sieve it into a shaker

Salt glitter


  • Salt – ½ cup salt
  • Liquid Food coloring – ½ tsp


  • Preheat the oven (to 150°C)
  • Pour your salt in a snap-lock pouch
  • Add a couple of drops of your desired food coloring
  • Shake to combine
  • Spread colored salt on a parchment-lined tray in an even layer
  • Put the tray in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes
  • Leave the tray for one hour and let the mixture cool
  • Crumble it up but do not over-do it
  • Sprinkle away!

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