Glow your own way with recipes that combine science and a wow-worthy special effect. The magic ingredient? Under ultraviolet light, the quinine in tonic water shines bright blue. See the magic for yourself with one of the three glow-in-the-dark food ideas below that are sure to steal the spotlight.

Jessie Oleson Moore of Craftsy

1. Glow-in-the-Dark Buttercream
Ready to revolutionize your cakes? All you need is this glow-in-the-dark buttercream from the Craftsy blog. Under your average lamp, it looks like a nice, classic frosting—whip out a black light, and it turns any dessert into a glowing good time. Get the recipe here.

Girl Loves Glam
Girl Loves Glam

2. Black Light Lemonade
Give your fave refreshing drink a cool twist! With the help of tonic water, this lemonade takes on a spooky glow that’s sure to amaze kids and grown-ups alike. Perfect for Halloween or any ol’ Tuesday. Find out how to make your own batch at Girl Loves Glam.

Hoosier Homemade

3. Glow in the Dark Cupcakes
There’s no doubt about it—this glow in the dark recipe from Hoosier Homemade takes the cake. The glowing effect of these awesome cupcakes is easy to pull off, and the result is perfect for any party spread. Hint: Besides tonic water, the secret ingredient is JELL-O!

— Abigail Matsumoto



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