5 Things You Should Know About Making Edible "Slime"
If you have kids, you’ve most likely fallen into dark, Youtube hole of slime. Yes, we’re talking about they ooey, sticky, and weird gunky stuff that’s all over the Internet. Moms and dads everywhere have been nervously observing as their kids blend together household ingredients to create a neon-hued ball of goo for entertainment.
Naturally, we asked the star of Mom Vs., the too-relatable Nicole McLaughlin, to show a real on-camera mom tackling this DIY project. Nicole has previously shared her brilliant tips for saving money at a kids birthday party and how to hack shopping at Aldi, here’s what she had to say about making a non-toxic, edible version of slime.
It Can Get Really Messy
For some reason all kids love slime, but virtually every parent hates it—this is simply the law of the jungle. Maybe it’s the annoying sounds the slime makes, or the fact that it literally gets on everything that explains both parties’ respective positions on the stuff. Nicole shared that slime is banned from inside her home after one of her three slime-loving kiddos got it stuck to her freshly painted ceiling. Yikes. On the flip side, making slime keeps kids out of your hair for a while (which is a win in Nicole’s book), so it might be worth it. Just keep it on the porch.
It’s Edible, But… You Really Shouldn’t Eat
It Nicole says it best; “Just because it’s edible doesn’t really mean you should eat it.” The edible slime recipe consists mostly of coconut oil, sugar, and cornstarch, so it’s not really a nutritious or delicious snack. It’s totally safe to eat (she described it as bubble gum you accidently swallowed), but we wouldn’t serve this as a project-you-can-eat.
You Can Find the Ingredients on the Baking Aisle
Edible slime is a fun household activity, because you probably have all of the ingredients on hand. Lesser known ingredients like xanthan gum (which helps the slime congeal), sprinkles, or edible glitter can be found on the baking aisle of your local supermarket. You’ll want to have glitter and extra sprinkles on hand so your kids can include whatever add-ins they want.
It’s All About Texture
You want a specific texture when making slime—sticky and stretchy, but not so sticky you can’t get it off of your fingers. Nicole suggests kneading the mixture until the desired texture is reached, and add some powdered sugar gradually if the outside starts to dry out.
Edible Slime is Not As Good As Traditional Slime
Traditional non-edible slime contains Borax or another detergent and glue, which makes for a much slimier consistency. For younger kids, the edible version is a safe gateway slime. However, Nicole feels that there’s really no need to make the slime edible, as long as your kids know not to put the kind made with glue into their mouths. Sure, there are some concerns about toxicity, but your kids really shouldn’t be spending that much time with the slime anyway. If you’re going for the non-edible slime, Nicole suggests skipping the name-brand glue and just grabbing a 50 cent bottle at Dollar Tree.