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glitter ice cubes

Glitter ice cubes

After yesterday’s glitter crafting party, I have one more sparkly thing to share – glitter ice cubes!

They might be my favorite new party element for always and forever!

We served sparkling champagne and sparkling water during the glitter party in glasses filled these glitter ice cubes. The frozen cubes of awesome gave our drinks a festive and sparkly vibe. They’ll be amazing to use for birthday parties and any one of the quickly upcoming holidays.

Glitter ice cubes for sparkling cocktails.

glitter ice cubes

edible glitter ice cubes

To make the glitter ice cubes, first made a batch of ice cubes. Once they are completely frozen tap various colors and textures of edible food glitter onto the ice cubes. Do not add more water. Then re-freeze the ice cubes for a couple hours to ensure the two substances adhere tightly.

I figured this method out after a failed try in adding the glitter to the unfrozen water. It just ends up dissolving and coloring the water (not adding sparkle). However, if the cubes are frozen before, the glitter will stick right to the bottom and you’ll be left with a gorgeously hued surprise for serving drinks at your next shindig.

Glitter ice cubes and cocktails

Once the drinks are poured the ice cubes will melt and the glitter will become a part of your cocktail, adding a little taste of sweet sugar and a massive dose of colorful, sparkly fun! Happy glitter filled drinking.

PS. Try on a pair of these sparkly heels for more glitter fun!

(Photography by Erin Holland for A Subtle Revelry)

52 Comments

  • Kari
    October 1, 2014 at 8:27 am

    LOVE this idea!! I’m definitely going to try this for my next get together:)

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  • N19 Cindy
    October 2, 2014 at 5:12 am

    Oh, what an amazing idea. It really looks easy to make and the drinks looks funny. It will make good impression to every guest invited to a party where drinks are served with a glitter ice cubes. It is just perfect for kids parties but I really believe that the grown ups will also be very happy with an interesting colourful drink in their hands.

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    • rae
      March 18, 2015 at 6:53 am

      This is plastic craft glitter. It should never be eaten, by anyone, but certainly should not be served to children.

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      • Sondra
        March 31, 2015 at 9:41 am

        She specifically states, “Once they are completely frozen tap various colors and textures of edible food glitter onto the ice cubes.”
        They are edible, you can buy some in the baking section of craft stores or online for more variety. They eventually dissolve in liquids.

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        • Rae
          April 9, 2015 at 12:28 am

          These are posted in many places. The picture shows inedible plastic glitter–all of the particles of each color are the same shape & size, unlike edible glitter flakes.

          The method described will work with edible glitter made from sanding sugar, gum arabic, or gelatin, but the minute they hit liquid, the effect is gone.

          There are edible hearts, stars, and squares that are shiny. They would probably work very well because they’re made from a cellulose product and are the slowest to dissolve. http://www.nycake.com/redheartedibleglitter.aspx

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          • Tiffany
            March 30, 2018 at 11:12 pm

            Beer breweries are adding an edible glitter to kegs now and it doesn’t seem to dissolve. It does have gum arabic in it, but the videos I’ve seen showing the product doesn’t say where to get it.

      • Jacke
        April 3, 2015 at 3:46 pm

        You only use edible glitter. Look near cake making section at superstore.

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      • Ayla
        October 7, 2018 at 6:26 pm

        Well duh. Like others have said she says edible glitter. The word edible means you can eat it. If she’s using plastic glitter maybe it’s because she can’t find edible glow glitter. You can’t buy this at a supermarket. Maybe you can buy at a craft/hobby store or store that sells molds to make your own chocolate/candy etc.

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  • Bianca
    October 2, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    I’m obsessed!!! I LOVE it! Do you have any favorite edible glitter brands you prefer?

    :)

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    • Victoria
      October 3, 2014 at 6:18 am

      Bianca, Thanks! Joann’s is my favorite place to find the edilble glitter they have a great and very bright selection! Or if you want to order on line, here is my favorite brand: http://www.nycake.com/discodust.aspx

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      • rae
        March 18, 2015 at 6:51 am

        The only “edible glitter” carried by Joann’s are cake sparkles and the shaped [gum based] hearts and stars–about 6 items total and all in the cake deco aisle. ALL of those will melt in water or liquid.

        Any other glitter at Joann’s is NOT edible, but disco dust is not edible, either, because it is plastic craft glitter. The disco dust from NY Cake is also plastic glitter and is not to be eaten.

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  • Colleen Pastoor
    October 2, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Uh, this is awesome!! I have never seen such beautiful edible glitter… I agree with Bianca, brands please!?

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    • Rae
      February 18, 2015 at 7:56 am

      This glitter is NOT EDIBLE!!! It’s plastic craft glitter–that is what “Disco Dust” is–PLASTIC.

      Disco dust is not to be eaten. It’s a scrapbooking supply that’s been misappropriated. Doesn’t matter that it’s non toxic–it’s still plastic.

      Edible glitter is made from gum arabic, sanding sugar, or gelatin [all water soluble].

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      • Melesha
        October 15, 2018 at 5:22 pm

        Will you hush already! Its edible…geesh…

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  • Allysia
    October 4, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    As much as I love this idea and think it looks absolutely beautiful – I’m all about some glitter, Disco Dust is not edible. It IS nontoxic, but is not a food grade, edible item and says as much at the top of the NY Cake website link. (I had to double check because I’d have tinkled myself in excitement if it had been changed.) My understanding is that its usually made from bits of plastic to be used in food decorating, on removable things like decoratings from a cake. Just something to keep in mind! :)

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    • Victoria
      October 4, 2014 at 9:11 pm

      Allysia, If you are wanting to try it, but worried about the health factor – you can always make your own! Here is our recipe for totally food grade homemade food glitter involving sugar and food coloring – https://asubtlerevelry.com/sugar-glitter-layer-cake

      Still not something to put on the health food list, but for a birthday… totally worth it!

      Reply
  • Rachel | The Crafted Life
    October 4, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    I can pretty much die happy now, these are AMAZING!

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  • Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits
    October 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Such a fun party idea! This would be a great hit during the holiday season!

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    December 19, 2015 at 8:21 am

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