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Glow-in-the-Dark Party Food

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A cool glowing salad.

A cool glowing salad.

Food That Glows in the Dark?

Are you looking for food ideas for your glow-in-the-dark or black-light party? Well, the party starts right here. Glow-in-the-dark drinks are easy to do. But putting together glowing food to serve party guests is a bit of a challenge.

Never fear, though. There are tons of great food suggestions here.

Below is a list of edible foods that glow and foods that look very bright under a black light. You will also find a recipe for glow-in-the-dark salad and desserts. These food ideas are great for kids, teens, and adult black light parties or anytime you want to serve really cool food.

Flip on the black light, get out the glowing food and get ready to throw an awesome black light party.

Foods That Glow

There are several foods that will glow under a black light. Here is a list of food that will glow, along with the color it appears.

  • Cooking oil (yellow)
  • Olive oil (orange)
  • Honey (golden yellow)
  • Caramel (golden yellow)
  • Maple syrup (golden yellow)
  • Ketchup (dull yellow)
  • Milk (yellow)
  • Vanilla ice cream (yellow)
  • Yogurt (yellow/pink, the tint will depend on the color of the yogurt)
  • Eggs (in the shell—deep red/dark violet; peeled—bright white/yellow)
  • Freshly sliced orange (bright orange)
  • Freshly sliced lettuce (dull red)
  • Freshly sliced peppers (dull red)
  • Sliced yellow squash (yellow)

Some other freshly cut fruits and vegetables will sometimes have a faint red glow under the black light. It is hit-and-miss with some of them, though. Some will appear brighter than others. Sometimes green peppers glow well; sometimes, they don't. It varies with each piece of fruit or vegetable.

The spots on bananas will sometimes glow with a blue ring around them. Typically, though, bananas don't glow very well.

When the vegetables that glow are cooked or coated with oil, especially olive oil, they will glow more brightly than they would otherwise. If you are thinking of fixing some of these foods, frying them in olive oil or steaming them and using a light olive oil seasoning will help them show up more.

The glowing liquids can be used as garnishes or toppings for other foods. For example, serve pancakes with glowing yellow maple syrup.

Black Light Reflective Foods

White foods won't necessarily glow, but they will be reflective under a black light and appear brighter. It is similar to the way white clothes and white paper show up brightly under a black light.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Marshmallows
  • Some cereals (ex. Rice Krispies)
  • Coconut
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Parmesan

Some of these white foods can be used as toppings or garnishes for dishes. If you sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top of the food, the bits will be very bright. You can also sprinkle powdered sugar on top of desserts for extra glowing effects.


  • lettuce, freshly cut
  • green bell peppers
  • boiled eggs
  • sliced oranges
  • light colored tortilla strips
  • olive oil, (or any other type of oil)
  • Parmesan, grated
  • any other ingredients you may want

Glowing Salad

Most of the foods that glow in the dark are great salad toppings. So the perfect glow-in-the-dark party dish is a glowing salad.

Salads are tasty and super healthy. Fruits and vegetables are great sources of natural energy, so your guests will feel like partying all night.

Not only will the salad be health-conscious, but it will also be fun-conscious, too. Eating a salad that glows is definitely better than the blasé appetizer most people are used to.

Glow-in-the-dark salad is a great way to get picky kids to eat salad. It is instantly cooler when it glows.

Serve the salad for the meal or as an appetizer before the main course. You can also set up a glowing salad bar or buffet and let guests pick their own glowing ingredients to pile on their plates.


  1. Bring a pot of water to boil. Add in the eggs. Allow the eggs to boil for 10–15 minutes. Remove the eggs from heat and drain the water.
  2. Chop the lettuce. The fresher the lettuce is when it is served, the more likely it is to have a red glow.
  3. Dice the green peppers and any other veggies you are adding.
  4. Slice the oranges and any other fruit you will be serving. If you slice it on the plate you will serve from, more of the juice will be on the plate and it will glow more.
  5. Pour olive oil (or any other oil) into a small bowl. Sprinkle in some grated Parmesan cheese. Mix it into the oil.
  6. Mix all of the salad ingredients. The fruit and eggs can be placed on top or around the edges.
  7. When you are ready to serve the salad, pour the oil and Parmesan onto the salad. Lightly toss the salad to mix the oil in.
  8. Sprinkle more Parmesan onto the top of the salad if you would like. It will reflect more of the black light.
  9. Turn on the black light and turn off the regular lights.
  10. Serve the glowing salad to your very amazed guests.

Mystery Glow

You can leave glowing orange trails around plates or the serving table just by rubbing freshly sliced oranges around strategic spots. Make sure to leave juice behind. When you turn on the black light, you will see the juice glow.

More Salad Suggestions

  • You can add any fruits or vegetables you like to the salad. You could also add nuts, chicken pieces, or any other bits of protein to make the salad more substantial. The suggested salad components are simply fruits and vegetables that glow the best.
  • Feel from to remove ingredients that you don't like as well. It is merely a suggestion based on what will look the best under a black light.
  • Other salad dressings may have a faint glow with a black light depending on how much oil they have in them and what color they are. If you can't eat salad with just an oil dressing, add whatever dressing you want. Just be aware that it won't glow as well.
  • The boiled eggs can be used to make deviled eggs if you would prefer. The yolk doesn't glow very well, but the egg whites do.
  • Peeled eggs glow bright yellow, and shelled eggs glow red/purple. If you can't decide which to serve, make an amazing glowing pattern by alternating shelled and peeled eggs on the plates.
  • Serve pasta salad as a side dish. Make sure to use white noodles. Use olive oil for cooking and seasoning the pasta. It will be reflective under the black light and will compliment the glowing salad well. Sprinkling Parmesan on it will add to the glowing effect.

Black Light Party Games

  1. Host a black light fashion show: Whose clothes look the coolest under the black light?
  2. Play glowing hot potato: Play hot potato with a glow-in-the-dark ball.
  3. Pop glow-in-the-dark bubbles: Get glowing bubbles or make some by mixing highlighter pen ink with bubble solution.
  4. Make a glowing Mentos fountain: Make an exploding glow-in-the-dark geyser using Mentos and tonic water.
  5. Play black light Twister: Make your own board using a white sheet and glow-in-the-dark paint.

Glowing Desserts

  • Make glowing Jello. All you need to do is substitute tonic water for the regular water in the Jello recipe. I also suggest adding a bit of sugar. The tonic water can give the Jello a bit of a bitter taste. The sugar just covers that up. Use fun containers for the Jello or cut out shapes with a cookie cutter.
  • Whip up cupcakes with glow-in-the-dark frosting or icing. The process is pretty simple. You just make your cupcakes (or cake) and ice them like normal. Then you put them in the freezer to harden the icing. You will need to whip up a batch of tonic water Jello (uncongealed). Then you will dip the cupcake icing into the Jello to give it a glowing glaze.
  • Serve Rice Krispies Treats. Since marshmallows and the Rice Krispies are both white, the will stand out brightly in the black light. You can add other glowing things to them for decoration. Swirl honey or caramel on the top for glowing stripes. Powdered sugar or shredded coconut will also look neat on top.
  • Mix a glowing milkshake. Make a glowing yellow milkshake with vanilla ice cream and milk. Pour caramel syrup on top for bonus glow power.

© 2012 Candace Bacon


Amanda from Michigan, United States on February 15, 2013:

What a unique hub! This would be so useful to me at Halloween time!

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on February 02, 2013:

algarveview - Thanks so much! Black light parties are loads of fun. Hope you get to go to one.

nmdonders - Halloween is definitely the perfect time for glow in the dark food and drinks. It might be a bit strange at first, but then you get used to it. Thanks!

Mmargie1966 - I really like your white hot party idea. That sounds nifty. The food does look strange in the black light, but still tastes great. Thanks so much!

Mmargie1966 from Gainesville, GA on June 28, 2012:

cocopreme, this is AWESOME! You could have a white hot party (where all the guests where white) and serve the glowing food! I have to admit, when I first saw the title my first thought was, "eww...what is in that food?"

I can't wait to try it! (Great for Halloween too!)

Nira Perkins on June 28, 2012:

I just read your Hub for glow in the dark drinks and it was awesome. This looks really cool too and I'll probably try it. I'm just not sure how it will be eating the food :) This would be fun for Halloween.

Joana e Bruno from Algarve, Portugal on June 27, 2012:

Hello, Cocopreme, this a new idea, a glow in the dark or black light party - well, at least for me - I had never heard of it... It sure sounds handy to have glowing food and drinks at such a party! Voted up and interesting and sharing! stay well!

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