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Willy Wonka Series; Luminous Lollies


-Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl

Make Luminous Lollies like Wonka from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with this easy to make recipe.

Can’t tell you how cool it was sitting crosslegged on the floor of a pitch black room with a plastic container of gummy candies, shining blacklight at them to see them illuminate, before stuffing them one at a time in my mouth.

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Crummy photo, I know. But it’s pretty hard taking a photo of glowing food in the dark!

Turns out tonic water glows under blacklight. Who knew?  It’s as close to something glowing in the dark as you’re going to get. Would make for an awesome drinks table at a blacklight party! Or imagine an illuminated desserts table made up of huge containers of glowing candy.

Like these illuminating ufos.

They were so gobbleable.

Ufos in my mind just naturally went with the idea of things glowing in the night and fortunately I had bought a Fred and Friends Ice Attacks Ice Cube Tray mould off Amazon yonks ago that was just waiting to be used.

To make these glowing ‘lollies’ (I never got used to calling them that. It’s still ‘candy’ to me) it’s the same idea as the gi-normous gummy bears I made a while back.

You’ll need a box of Jello (jelly) powder. I went for the green lime Jello powder. More ufo-y. But if you want pink ufos, knock your socks off. Just send me a photo so I can see it. Or use blue jello powder, since the quinine in tonic water, which makes it glow, shows up as a blue-white. Maybe the blue colour will help emphasise it?


Willy Wonka Series; Luminous Lollies

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  • Author: Bryton Taylor; Food in Literature


Units Scale
  • 1 box Jello (jelly) powder
  • 89 tbsp of gelatine
  • 1.25 cups of tonic water


  1. In a small saucepan, mix the three ingredients together. Turn on the heat on low, and stir until the mixture has lost its ‘grittiness’ (usually just a few minutes). Don’t let it start to bubble or boil, as it’ll turn the mixture from transparent to solid when poured into the mould.
  2. Turn the heat off and let it sit for a minute or two. It won’t start to harden straight away, so it’s best to let some heat off of the mixture.
  3. Get your mould ready (FYI: you don’t need to spray the mould, it pops out easily) and clear a space in your freezer.
  4. Pour the mixture into the mould, move quick and pop into the freezer.
  5. Check in about 2-3 minutes, it should be mostly hardened. If not quite there, check every minute until it’s firm. You also won’t want to let it sit in the freezer, as it’ll make the gummy mixture go weird.
  6. Pull out of the freezer and undo from mould.


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I had to make the packaging (how could I not?) but how cute would it be to have a mini blacklight flashlight attached? A CSI puzzle we have stored somewhere has one, but that’s just it. It’s stored… somewhere… Good luck finding it in this house!

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