How to Make Edible Glitter Without Gum Arabic

Updated February 21, 2017

Glitter adds sparkle and panache to whatever it adorns. Arts and crafts glitter is made of tiny flecks of plastic or foil that reflect light and decorate items such as nail polishes and make-up. Edible glitter adorns scrumptious things such as cupcakes, candy, cookies and cocktails. Traditional edible glitter is made with gum Arabic, a natural emulsifier that comes from the sap of an acacia Senegal tree, found primarily in the Sudan. It is possible to make edible glitter without gum Arabic, and the recipe requires only two ingredients.

Pour salt or sugar into the clear jar.

Add two to four drops of food colouring, depending on intensity of the colour desired.

Screw on the lid and shake the mixture vigorously until the salt or sugar absorbs the food colouring. Add more drops of colouring if you desire a deeper colour.


Edible salt glitter can be used to rim cocktail glasses for drinks such as margaritas. Simply shake the salt onto a small plate, wet the rim of the glass (preferably with lime or lemon juice) and fit the rim of the glass into the salt, transferring the edible glitter onto the rim. Alternatively, edible sugar glitter may be used to rim glasses for drinks such as daiquiris. Sprinkle edible sugar glitter on confections such as cakes, cupcakes or cookies.

Things You'll Need

  • ½ cup of coarse salt or granulated sugar
  • 2 to 4 drops of food colouring
  • Clear jar with lid or shaker with lid
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