Glow in the Dark Party Food

Updated on June 10, 2017
A cool glowing salad.
A cool glowing salad.

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 to party guests is a bit of a challenge.

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

Below there 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 blacklight party.

Glow in the Dark Food

Wondering why?

Some freshly cut fruits and veggies will look red under a black light. It is actually the chlorophyll in them that causes them to look red.

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.

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Vanilla ice cream has a yellow glow.Eggs in the shell glow a red/purple color.Cooking oil glows a bright yellow.Squash glows a yellow color under a blacklight.  This squash has been cooked in olive oil, so it glows even more.Olive oil glows a bright orange color.Oranges have a red tint under the black light.  The juice from fresh oranges also glows a bright orange.Ketchup looks yellow under the black light.Caramel, honey, and syrup have this golden yellow glow.
Vanilla ice cream has a yellow glow.
Vanilla ice cream has a yellow glow.
Eggs in the shell glow a red/purple color.
Eggs in the shell glow a red/purple color.
Cooking oil glows a bright yellow.
Cooking oil glows a bright yellow.
Squash glows a yellow color under a blacklight.  This squash has been cooked in olive oil, so it glows even more.
Squash glows a yellow color under a blacklight. This squash has been cooked in olive oil, so it glows even more.
Olive oil glows a bright orange color.
Olive oil glows a bright orange color.
Oranges have a red tint under the black light.  The juice from fresh oranges also glows a bright orange.
Oranges have a red tint under the black light. The juice from fresh oranges also glows a bright orange.
Ketchup looks yellow under the black light.
Ketchup looks yellow under the black light.
Caramel, honey, and syrup have this golden yellow glow.
Caramel, honey, and syrup have this golden yellow glow.
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White pasta will look really bright under a black light.Shredded coconut looks bright under a black light.
White pasta will look really bright under a black light.
White pasta will look really bright under a black light.
Shredded coconut looks bright under a black light.
Shredded coconut looks bright under a black light.

Black Light Reflective Foods

White foods won't necessarily glow, but they will be reflective under a black light and will 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 foods, the bits will be very bright. You can sprinkle powdered sugar on top of desserts for extra glowing effects as well.

By the way, serving food on a white plate will also enhance the bright white effect of black lights.

Random Fact

Most people's teeth will glow in black light. The fluoride and other whiteners in toothpaste make teeth look extra white.

Glow in the Dark Salad

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This salad has different colored glowing parts that come together to make a fun and yummy dish. The eggs are yellow, the veggies have a pink tint, the tortilla strips look really white, and the oranges have left an orange trail along the plate's edgeThe salad looks pretty normal in regular light.This is the salad with shelled eggs rather than peeled.
This salad has different colored glowing parts that come together to make a fun and yummy dish. The eggs are yellow, the veggies have a pink tint, the tortilla strips look really white, and the oranges have left an orange trail along the plate's edge
This salad has different colored glowing parts that come together to make a fun and yummy dish. The eggs are yellow, the veggies have a pink tint, the tortilla strips look really white, and the oranges have left an orange trail along the plate's edge
The salad looks pretty normal in regular light.
The salad looks pretty normal in regular light.
This is the salad with shelled eggs rather than peeled.
This is the salad with shelled eggs rather than peeled.

Ingredients

  • 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
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Freshly cut lettuce will typically have a pink/red tint under the black light.Chop the lettuce and green peppers as close to party time as possible for the best glow.Tortilla strips for salad will glow under a black light.Tortilla strips are crunchy chips made to garnish salads.Add oranges for more glow and healthy flavor.Eggs in the shell will have a red/purple glow.Peeled eggs will have a bright yellow glow.The salad in normal light.Olive oil glows bright orange.Mix olive oil and Parmesan cheese for a light salad dressing.The olive oil and Parmesan will glow.
Freshly cut lettuce will typically have a pink/red tint under the black light.
Freshly cut lettuce will typically have a pink/red tint under the black light.
Chop the lettuce and green peppers as close to party time as possible for the best glow.
Chop the lettuce and green peppers as close to party time as possible for the best glow.
Tortilla strips for salad will glow under a black light.
Tortilla strips for salad will glow under a black light.
Tortilla strips are crunchy chips made to garnish salads.
Tortilla strips are crunchy chips made to garnish salads.
Add oranges for more glow and healthy flavor.
Add oranges for more glow and healthy flavor.
Eggs in the shell will have a red/purple glow.
Eggs in the shell will have a red/purple glow.
Peeled eggs will have a bright yellow glow.
Peeled eggs will have a bright yellow glow.
The salad in normal light.
The salad in normal light.
Olive oil glows bright orange.
Olive oil glows bright orange.
Mix olive oil and Parmesan cheese for a light salad dressing.
Mix olive oil and Parmesan cheese for a light salad dressing.
The olive oil and Parmesan will glow.
The olive oil and Parmesan will glow.

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, it will 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 a 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.

Instructions

  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.
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The olive oil glows a bright orange on salads.Salad drowned in olive oil and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.This is regular salad dressing with blueberries and chicken pieces.
The olive oil glows a bright orange on salads.
The olive oil glows a bright orange on salads.
Salad drowned in olive oil and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.
Salad drowned in olive oil and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.
This is regular salad dressing with blueberries and chicken pieces.
This is regular salad dressing with blueberries and chicken pieces.

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 in the salad. You could also add in nuts or 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 to cook and season 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

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Glowing Jello made with tonic water.Glowing Rice Krispies treats with icing.
Glowing Jello made with tonic water.
Glowing Jello made with tonic water.
Glowing Rice Krispies treats with icing.
Glowing Rice Krispies treats with icing.

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.

Glowing Poll

How will your party glow?

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        Amanda 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

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

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        Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

        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!

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        Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

        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!)

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        Nira Perkins 5 years ago

        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.

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        Joana e Bruno 5 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

        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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