Candy Ink

We have been in an art projects kick at the Quirky House.  The latest fun is edible ink.  It is super easy to create – and has a definite “Wow” factor for the kiddos!!

It is tasty.  Pretty.  Fun!!

Note:  This is not an “original” post – A couple of weeks ago we discovered this kids activity – I am pretty sure we featured it too – but if you missed it, our facebook page is growing and I can not find it amongst all the activities we’ve featured, so if you created this recipe, let me know.  I’d love to cite you! 
Candy ink

Recipe for edible ink:

  • Empty and clean glue bottles
  • 1 small box of jello for each color
  • 1/4 cup of boiling water
  • 1 small glass bowl for each color
  • fork or whisk
  • funnel
  • Wax paper

We used two different boxes of jello, one blue and one red.  We put 1/4 cup of boiling water into each bowl and very slowly we poured the two boxes of jello into small bowls.  Stir the bowl with a fork or a small whisk non-stop for about a minuet.  You want the jello mix to completely dissolve.

Candy ink

After the bowls are filled with ink, let them sit for another 3 or 4 minuets.  You want it to be cool enough to pour into the glue bottles without melting them.  We waited till it was the temperature of hot bath water.  The ink should also be a touch thicker, similar to the consistency of honey – if it is still watery, stir and wait for it to cool a little longer.  Use your funnel and fill the glue bottles with the jello mixture.

Candy ink Prepare your canvas:

We cut pieces of wax paper for the kids to squirt their candy ink onto.  They swirled the colors of ink onto the wax paper.  If the ink “puddles” wait a bit longer for the jello to thicken a little more.

We loved the texture of the ink as it came out of the bottle!!  Boy, did it smell good!  It was hard to wait for the art work to cool completely before we taste-tested our creations.

Wait for the ink to completely dry before peeling it from the page and nibbling!




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An original "Quirky Momma" blogger and "Mommy" to six kids under six, when Rachel is not wiping crayon off the walls or wading through laundry, she can be found exploring and creating with her kiddos. She hopes to be someone who acts justly, loves kindness and walks humbly before God (Micah 6:8).