Fluorescent food is having a moment

Young consumers have grown accustomed to uniquely colored food and beverages that provide interesting fodder for their social feeds. To further provide a wow-factor, food that glows in the dark is increasingly being created around the world.  


There’s been no shortage of glow-in-the-dark desserts in recent months, from donuts to cotton candy, and the trend shows no signs of slowing. Most recently, food design studio Bompas and Parr served a glow-in-the-dark ice cream at an exhibit it hosted at the The British Museum Of Food. When visiting Scoop: A Wonderful Ice Cream World, a destination celebrating the 300th anniversary of the first printed ice cream recipe, attendees could enter a futuristic luminescent cave and try a glowing frozen treat. As the exhibit shows the ways in which ice cream has evolved over time, it’s only fitting that there was a futuristic take on the dessert.


Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin of website and social media brand Pies Are Awesome is notorious for her artistic, pop culture-inspired treats, such as pies re-creating Disney princesses and characters from Stranger Things. In addition to these creations, she’s made a fluorescent pie using edible gel that becomes a vibrant deep blue when exposed to UV light. To create the gel, she boiled tonic water and added lemon juice and sugar. When dissolved, agar-agar powder is mixed in with quinine, an ingredient in tonic water, creating the blue glow. Clark-Bojin is working on creating other glow-in-the-dark colors in the future.


While glow-in-the-dark desserts are catching on around the world, they’re not the only edible item to get the fluorescent treatment. Glow-in-the-dark cocktails are catching on from Australia to Asia. Meanwhile, complete meals are even getting a glow up. Last fall, London-based supper club Lostacos created a pop-up eatery serving a technicolor version of the Mexican dish. A special sour cream drizzled on top of the tacos reflected the light, creating a fluorescent effect. Hosted in celebration of Day Of The Dead, attendees could also watch the Latin American horror cult classic film, Juan Of the Dead, while eating the specialty creation.