October is a fun time for spooky treats and goodies.  If you’re planning a Halloween party or gathering, it’s a great time to bring out some extra special glow-in-the-dark fun for your guests.  If you’ve got children, they’ll love helping make (and eat) these treats!

One Glowing Ingredient

The secret to glowing gummies or other edible treats is tonic water!  The quinine in the tonic water glows under a blacklight.  You can use tonic water in place of any liquid in a recipe to make glowing cocktails (or mocktails), glowing Jello, glowing gummies or even frosting for cupcakes!  Tonic water has a bitter taste that can be offset that with a little extra sugar or sweetener in your recipe.  Here’s a recipe for Glow-in-the-Dark Gummies.  Be sure you have a blacklight handy to see them glow.

Glowing Gummies Recipe


1 package of JELLO (3 oz size) – Light colors glow best!
1 tablespoon of gelatin
2 tablespoons of sugar (to offset bitterness of tonic water)
1/2 cup of tonic water
gummy molds (worms, spiders, bones… be creative!)
Dropper or measuring cup/funnel to fill molds


Pour 1/2 cup of tonic water into a sauce pan set on low heat
Add 1 package of Jello
Add 1 tablespoon of gelatin and 2 tablespoons of sugar
Stir until dissolved and remove from heat
Use a dropper or measuring cup/funnel to fill your molds.  Try to avoid bubbles, they will solidify as gummy bubbles!
Chill in fridge for 30 minutes or until solidified.

Once firm, pop out of molds and store in an airtight container at room temperature.  Turn on your blacklight and dim the regular lights.  You’re in for an eerie show of sweet yumminess.