This edible glitter recipe is all over Pinterest, but I can’t credit the source of the pin because (drum roll, please)… it’s fake. GASP! I know, you’re shocked, right? Like many of Pinterest’s promises, it’s composed of lies and broken dreams – no matter how much you’d like to believe that you can DIY some sparkly food glitter, a little research proves the photo on the left is a closeup of store-bought glitter and the photo on the right shows professionally made cupcakes by Bedazzle My Bonbons.
So then, how do the pros achieve such sparkly success? It’s more than just sugar, food coloring, and a desire to believe in the power of Pinterest, that’s for sure. The bakers at Bedazzle My Bonbons state, “The main ingredient in our product is starch based (similar to gum arabic), however, it is truly the PROCESS, and not the product used that creates the ‘Bedazzled’ effect…and that is our trade secret!”
Translation: it’s not something you can whip up in your oven at home. When people try it, what they mostly come up with is just hot, colorful sugar. Or, in CraftFail reader Michelle’s case, a gigantic hot mess.
For more funny stuff, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures, where the only fancy fraud happening comes in a bottle of hair dye.