I never knew just how many food you could make Glow in the Dark until I sat down to plan a menu for the 8th grade "Club Neon" dance. With lighting at the dance only coming from a disco ball and a few black lights, I needed to try and make the food table "glow". I did some research on the internet and I was actually quite surprised that I was not alone in my quest to create glow in the dark food. It turns out the secret to making food glow is quinine. (An ingredient found in tonic water.)
I decided to put the quinine to the test and make some glow in the dark jello squares for the dance. I simply substituted tonic water for regular water and made them according to the package directions
Glow in the Dark Jello Jigglers
4 small (or 2 large) packages of jello
2 1/2 cups boiling tonic water
Pour jello into an 8 inch square pan.
Pour boiling water over jello and stir until dissolved.
Place jello into the refrigerator until set.
Cut jello into squares.
Add a black light and voila - glowing jello!!!
Of all the food that was available for the kids to snack on during the 8th grade dance, the thing they liked the best was the glow in the dark jello. I'm not sure if they were fascinated by the fact that it glowed or they just liked jello but it disappeared quickly.
I am thinking that we're going to have to make this again this summer with the kids.