Bagels, coffee and turkey gravy are getting a sparkly makeover
Shine bright like a diamond from the inside out.
From makeup and fashion statements to its detrimental impact on the environment, shiny specs known for their party pizzazz have had a popular albeit controversial year. Just in time for the holidays, edible glitter is landing on menus around the globe and people are freaking out about glimmering grub.
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While dishes that dazzle may look enticing, the FDA advises that chefs and bakers use glitter products specifically designed for use on food. Companies who use edible glitters are required by law to include a list of ingredients on their label which often includes items like sugar, acacia, maltodextrin, cornstarch and color additives.
Food writer and author of Day Drinking and the upcoming book Unicorn Food, Kat Odell, tells Moneyish, “Glitter foods are trending right now largely due to the unicorn food trend. For the last year, multi-colored cakes, cookies and even cocktails bearing rainbow hues have flooded the internet and social media. It only seems natural that since unicorns are depicted with iridescent or shimmery gold horns that this shimmer or glitter would continue on to be the next trend.”
At the Peninsula Beverly Hills, the traditional afternoon tea menu includes a Mont Blanc Tartlet topped with sparkly tan frosting. Pastry chef Stephanie Boswell tells Moneyish, “It was originally inspired by the mountain for which it’s named, so for me, that meant snowcapped and glittery because I am infatuated with the way freshly fallen snow sparkles.” But, the shiny stuff isn’t for everyone. When Caitlin Danias had high tea at the hotel, she noticed the twinkling treat on her tiered tray and admits she was weary of its shimmer. “I wanted to take a photo of it, but I didn’t want to eat it. I couldn’t tell exactly what it was and I didn’t want to guess what was in there,” Danias tells Moneyish.
Odell agrees that these items tend to be Instagram-worthy. “Glitter and tons of color look good in an image. Glitter adds an ethereal effect to a photo—and cosmic things in general are trending right now,” says Odell.
In London, the Fox Under the Hill pub is offering diners glittered gravy with their turkey dinners. The traditional side is suffused with sparkles and Ashish Patel, the general manager of the restaurant, told the Independent, “Christmas is one of our favorite times of the year, as it’s the one time we can go all-out on festive decorations, twinkling lights and Christmas cheer.” Depending on its popularity, the group that owns the pub might roll the offering out to the company’s 292 pubs across the UK.
Coffee is also getting a glittery makeover. The Australia-based company Coffee by Di Bella operates more than a dozen shops in Mumbai, India and offers gold and diamond cappuccinos which come complete with a shiny foam design dusted in edible glitter. Another café in the UK called Melbourne in Lichfield serves sparkly cappuccinos and golden milks (nut milk mixed with turmeric and other spices) and they post Instagram photos of their dazzling concoctions with captions that read “Eat glitter for breakfast and sparkle all day!”
Even bagels are getting bedazzled with a shimmery glaze. Earlier this year, The Bagel Store in Williamsburg, New York, created the Galaxy Bagel, which sells for $3.95 and is coated in an edible adhesive and then covered in edible glitter. And across the Hudson, Mathews restaurant and bar in Jersey City, New Jersey, serves up an inventive 80’s Glam cocktail complete with gin, passion fruit, lime, lavender, foam and edible glitter for $13. “I wanted to create a cocktail that was light and drinkable while also being memorable and very photogenic,” Cody Goldstein, the restaurant’s beverage director tells Moneyish. “At first we thought this drink was geared toward female our clientele, however it’s our top selling cocktail and it’s enjoyed by everyone,” he says.
Home cooks can also play with with the trending topping. Layer Cake Shop sells edible glitter in every color of the rainbow in addition to edible metallic food paints — so anyone can turn anything in their kitchen into a twinkly treat.
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