Back around 1960, John Watson created Edible Glitter at his new startup company, Polymer Films. Later that company would become Watson Inc and in 2019 be acquired by Glanbia Nutritionals, who are proudly carrying on the Watson tradition.
Glanbia Nutritionals still makes Edible Glitter, now called EdiSparklz® in West Haven CT. A simple recipe with a dash of technology and food-grade ingredients, our standard edible glitter flakes are made from Gum Arabic, which is the sap of the Gum Acacia tree, and a food coloring. EdiSparklz Edible Glitter is made under strict quality programs making them true food products. Not only do we make EdiSparklz, we also supply ingredients to leading companies in the supplement, food & beverage companies globally.
Our distinct colors are based on industry accepted FD&C, EU, metallic and plant-based colors. These colors are the ones that consumers usually call “natural colors” while keeping in mind there is no legal food-industry definition for the word "natural." Examples of what most people refer to when they say natural colors would include black carrot juice, cabbage juice, red radish, turmeric (the spice), etc.