Edible Glitter™

What is it Edible Glitter? How is it made?

Edible Glitter™ flakes are toppings, inclusions, and color change systems. They are pure sparkle and magic. They can be used in a wide range of applications and there are several different varieties available depending on your application.

You can add glitter to:

  • Snack Chips & Popcorn
  • Cookies and Crackers
  • Breakfast Cereals
  • Candy Coatings
  • Frostings
  • Bread and Baked Goods
  • Anything & Everything!


  • Heat Stable: Glitter can be baked on without browning or burning in temperatures up to 450º F.
  • Freeze/Thaw Stable: Use it on frozen desserts and frozen baked goods.
  • Available Solubility Options: Soluble and insoluble forms.
  • Flake Size: Available in a range of flake sizes:
    • Colors: FD&C, non-FD&C, EU, and custom Pantone colors available


These little flakes are like magic. They can do anything from adding color to baked goods in ways that have never been possible before, to creating a swirl of, “snow” in a carbonated beverage. Now, even flavors and sweeteners can be added to Edible Glitter, which opens up a whole new world of opportunities and applications for this product.


The standard product is approximately 0.002 inches (0.05 mm) thick. Watson also manufactures 2X glitter which is twice as thick as the standard product. The thicker flake is more opaque and dissolves at a slower rate than the thinner flake.


In most applications, “soluble” edible glitter made from gum arabic is the preferred choice, and it can be used on baked, fried, and frosted products; however, some applications require a glitter product with a slower solubility rate. Watson manufactures edible glitter with various solubility rates that are ideal for use in high active water systems. Furthermore, an insoluble product is available using calcium alginate, which is stable in a water environment for a prolonged period of time.


Watson manufactures a full spectrum of colored glitter products using FD&C, non-FD&C, and EU colorants. Watson can also match a custom color using a Pantone system of color matching. Watson produces custom blends of colored glitter using up to five different colors.

Glitter can be used to add color

You can easily change your standard product into a seasonal item by just adding the correct colored glitter.

Color is the first thing that often attracts us to a food. The way it is displayed in a package can influence our product choices. This is especially true when it comes to children. Glitter appeals to children, who markets studies have shown are growing in buying influence.

To make a few applications, colored glitter can be used to decorate baked goods and can be sprinkled over ice cream or mixed into yogurt, gelatins, and pudding products. Carnival glitter will give a rainbow appearance to any product making it irresistible to any child.

Glitter can be used to add color sweetness

Color and a non-nutritive sweetener such as Sucralose can be added to glitter. Acesulfame K, Splenda, and NutraSweet can also be used. Glitter with sweetness can replace sugar topping in sugar-free or low carbohydrate products.

Sugar-free and Low Carbohydrate Products:

These difficult to formulate products often leave food technologists little room for decorative sprinkles to make products more attractive. Edible glitter is sugar-free and carbohydrate-free and adds no calories to your product. You can add color and sweetness without impacting the nutritional panel.