How much fun does “Art You Can Eat” sound? Your kids are going to be so excited to see what we’ve been up to this week with our newest edible paint recipe!
Regular readers will know that recently we’ve enjoyed experimenting with wax resist sugar painting and created some beautiful paintings. My kids loved sneaking a quick lick of sugar off their fingers so much that I decided I needed to come up with a completely edible paint experience for them! Hence this Edible Paint Recipe was born and this wonderfully colourful and totally edible and tasty Rainbow Bread was the result!
Is This Edible Paint Recipe Healthy?
On a day to day basis I’m really careful about what my kids eat and a healthy balanced diet is extremely important to me. I do however have odd occasions when I let them indulge in unhealthy treats like candy and chocolate. For me, occasionally letting my kids have foods like that helps them learn the importance of a healthy diet and how “unhealthy” things should be approached.
So I have to be honest and say that this Edible Paint Recipe isn’t a healthy food choice! It’s sugar based, has food colouring in it and we’ve used white bread…everything I steer away from on a daily basis! However, it is seriously FUN, FUN, FUN and inspired so much creativity! So as an occasional treat and because of how much my kids got out of making and eating their Rainbow Bread designs I’m happy to let them enjoy the experience once in a while without guilt.
If this isn’t for you and you’re looking for non-edible paint ideas check out our other favourite painting ideas here. If you love this idea and are looking for other ways to encourage creativity using food then check out our other creative food posts here.
Supplies To Make This Fun Edible Paint Recipe
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How To Make This Edible Paint Recipe For Rainbow Bread
You’ll love how easy it is to make this edible paint recipe and how you can have a whole range of colours ready to go in a matter of minutes!
The aim is to make the paint as thick and sugary as you can so it doesn’t make the bread all soggy. I can’t give you an exact measurement of sugar and water to use because it will depend on the size of your sugar crystals but a good starting point is to put a tablespoon of granulated sugar, a squirt of food colouring and a tablespoon of hot water into a bowl and stir. (The hotter the water, the quicker the sugar will dissolve but please make sure there are no risks of scalds with your children.)
The result should be a syrupy, colourful and sweet edible paint! If you find your sugar hasn’t completely dissolved you’ve probably reached the saturation point for the amount of water you have. Simply add a few more drops of warm water, stir again and it should solve the problem. If your paint is too watery then add some more sugar until the water can’t dissolve any more.
We made up a whole rainbow of colours with this edible paint recipe and the kids set to work decorating their slices of white bread. You can of course use wholemeal if you prefer but we just loved the way the colours looked against the white.
Once my children had finished painting their rainbow bread they wanted to eat it right away but you could always toast your rainbow bread too.
This edible paint recipe doesn’t have to be limited to just rainbow bread. perhaps your kids would like to paint their cupcakes, cookies or pancakes too?
Don’t the colours look fantastic? How much fun will your kids have with art they can eat?
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