Monday, June 10, 2013

Glow in the Dark Jello Squares

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.



  1. I have a question -- the tonic water seems to make the jello bitter. How did you deal with that?

    1. I read this on another blog today. It does not take the entire amount of water to make Jell-O glow in the dark. You can use half or less of tonic water and the rest plain water. It still glows. You can see that on Our Best Bites.

  2. I never had anyone detect a bitter taste in my glow in the dark hello but perhaps it has something to do with the brand of tonic water that you're using. I used Kroger brand. Good luck and thanks for stopping by the blog.