Why make an edible slime we hear you ask?
Some kids are still in the tasting everything phase of life and traditional slimes are certainly NOT taste safe, even just a bite. Therefore, you need an edible slime recipe instead. Or maybe you need to accommodate kids of multiple ages and need to make sure everyone has a safe experience, just in case there is a nibbler in the group.
Some kids might have sensitive skin to the common ingredients in slime activators, especially if they are sensitive to laundry detergents, soaps, and cleaning products.
Lastly, you may not be able to find some of the different supplies needed to make basic slime recipes however, you do have these edible slime ingredients in your pantry. All these reasons are why we decided to offer some fun edible slime recipe ideas.
Is edible slime really edible?
Yes and no. Edible slime is non-toxic and chemical free. However, is it a slimy snack for your kids to munch on? The answer is no. Although everything is labelled edible, we like to think of these slime recipes as taste safe. If your kids taste it, they will be safe. With that said, some of these recipes will be tastier then others anyway. Some kiddos will naturally want to taste slime and some won’t. Always keep the needs of your kids in mind when making slime.
Here are 6 of the best edible slime recipes
Let’s look at some fun ways to make edible slime with the kids the next time you find yourself with a little extra time! Making slime is a fun way to get hands on with the kids and turn the screens off for a while.
1. Applesauce Ooobleck
This cornflour scientific non Newtonian fluid is commonly referred to as oobleck. We have been enjoying this simple non Newtonian fluid science activity for a couple of years now. This applesauce oobleck is perfect to go with our Apples Parent Kit. This particular non Newtonian fluids activity also has been named oobleck after the Dr. Seuss book, Bartholomew and the Oobleck.
- Apple sauce
- Bowl and spoon
- Tray or pie tin
How to make applesauce Oobleck
To make apple sauce oobleck, measure roughly 1 cup of cornflour and ½ a cup of applesauce into a bowl. If you would like to make a larger batch just remember the ratio 2 cornstarch to 1 liquid. Measuring the ingredients out is also great maths for the kids too. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon if you like and mix. Use your hands to transfer it to your tray or pie tin to experiment and play in.
2. Jelly Slime recipe
-1 Cup Cornflour
-1 Package Sugar-Free Jelly (any brand flavoured gelatin)
-3/4 Cup Warm Water (as needed)
-Cookie Sheet or Tray (to keep table surface clean)
How to make edible Jelly slime
1. Combine the cornflour and Jelly powder together until fully mixed.
2. Add 1/4 or so of the water and stir well.
3. When the mixture becomes impossible to stir, add 1/4 cup more.
4. At this point most of the cornflour should be incorporated – start kneading in 1 tablespoon at a time until the mixture can “stretch” or droop a bit, but add the water slowly so you don’t end up making oobleck.
5. After playing, store in a container in the fridge and add more water for subsequent play.
3. Gummy Bear slime
-1 cup of gummy bear (matching colours a nice)
-2 Tb spoons of cornflour
-1Tb spoon of icing sugar
- ½ Tb spoon of oil
How to make taste safe gummy bear slime
Adult supervision is needed for this slime as the mixture will be hot!
1. Place the gummy bears in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds.
2. Stir well and reheat as needed to make the mixture completely smooth (no lumps or bear parts left).
3. Make sure to stir well to help the mixture cool down. It will be HOT,HOT,HOT!
4. Combine cornflour and icing sugar together and place half on a cutting board or clean surface (like your counter).
5. Pour the gummy bear mixture onto the cornflour mixture and when cool enough to touch, knead in the remaining cornflour mixture.
6. It will be sticky at first but continue to knead and it will get less sticky.
7. Once all of the cornflour is incorporated, knead in a bit of oil to help make the slime stretchier and elastic. You will probably not need the full amount of oil.
This slime can be reheated once more for a second play, but it is intended to be a one-time use recipe.
4. Marshmallow Slime
-1 Tb spoon Cooking Oil
- icing sugar
How to make marshmallow slime
Adult supervision and assistance highly recommended.
1.Put a minimum of 1 cup of marshmallows in a microwave safe bowl.
2.Pour 1 TBL of oil into the bowl.
3. Microwave on high for 30 secs (microwaves time may vary)
4. Add 1/2 tablespoon of icing sugar at a time to heated marshmallows and mix (if you used whole bag of marshmallows add 1/4 of a cup at a time).
5. This mixture will be HOT so please be very careful. Eventually as it cools, you are going to want to start kneading it and playing with it.
You may want to mix in another 1/2 tablespoon of icing sugar to thicken the slime a little more. The more icing sugar you add, the stiffer it will get and be more like a putty. Tip: if you have a light cover of oil on your hands while you knead its less sticky.
5. Fake snot slime
How to make fake snot slime
We like to use two bowls for making this fake snot.
Mix 1/2 cup of boiling water (add the food colour to the water) and about 1 Tb spoon of unflavoured gelatin in one bowl. Mix the gelatin and water with a fork. Add the gelatin in slowly but it will still tend to clump just the same. Let it stand for 5 minutes.
In another bowl, measure out a 1/2 cup glucose syrup. Slowly add the gelatin mixture to glucose syrup until it reaches the desired consistency, snot like. The fork helps to pull up cool strands of fake snot.
6. Chia seed slime
Chia Seed Slime is one of our personal favourite edible slime recipes to make when entertaining a variety of ages. It has such an amazing lumpy, squishy, stretchy texture and is taste-safe for little sensory seekers.
Now, this is a prep-ahead slime. Your chia seeds need at least half a day to absorb all the water and become gelatinous (like Jelly).
For a cool after-school project, you can just whack it in the fridge the night before (or the morning of) and it will be ready to go by the time you want to make your slime.
1/4 cup chia seeds 1 3/4 cups water 2-4 cups cornflour Food Colouring (optional)
How to make chia seed slime
Place the chia seeds in a large bowl and add the water over the top. Add food colouring as desired to allow the chia seeds and the slime to become coloured. Remember you are adding white cornflour, so you will not end up with a truly bright colour. Cover the bowl and place in the fridge or on the counter in a safe place. After 12-36 hours, the chia seeds will be ready to make slime. Slowly stir in the cornflour, after the 2 cup mark you will need to start kneading the cornflour in as it will become increasingly difficult. Use your personal preference to determine when to stop adding cornflour but do not exceed 4 cups. Store in the fridge in between play, you will need to knead additional water in to “revitalise” the slime.
Slime making note: As mentioned above, it’s important to keep in mind that these edible slime recipes won’t necessarily behave like a typical slime recipe made with chemical activators. They are still tons of fun and great for kid’s sensory play.
Disclaimer: Please double check all food allergies among kids you are making slime for. We never recommend that these slimes be eaten as a snack. Adult supervision is necessary for handling very hot liquids, operating the microwave oven, and overseeing how much tasting is going on (please do not encourage this).