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Playing In the Sand and Eating It Too. 
 
Oct. 14, 2013 12:10 pm 
Updated: Oct. 18, 2013 6:17 am

Yes, you read that right, edible sand. Who doesn't want to play in the sand and eat it too? A couple of weeks ago my niece called and asked me if I could make some edible sand for my great nephews 1st Birthday. I jumped at the task and quickly started out to make edible sand.


Now I know there are several recipes out there on the web, some using toasted coconut along with other items but my thoughts were to make it simple and as cheaply as possible with regular ingredients that closely resembled sand.


To my surprise my first attempt was a keeper! So I photographed two different shades of edible sand and sent the photo to her and asked her to pick one. #1 is lightened with sugar and #2 is with no sugar. I'm sure the choice of sand comes from what beaches you live nearby but the sands of Southern California beaches are light in color.



She quickly responded and chose #1 edible sand on the left. Yea! Now the task was on to make enough edible sand for the Finding Nemo themed party.



So here's what I came up with using store brand graham crackers. 


Gavin II's Edible Sand


8 whole honey graham crackers

1/2 chocolate graham cracker

Granulated sugar for desired color


Place the graham crackers in a 4 cup food processor and process until they appear to look like grains of sand. Place the processed graham crackers in a mixing bowl and add sugar to desired color.


That's how easy it is. Easy on the pocket, fun for the kids and adults as well.


I have to be honest with you and tell you that I did end up making about 20 pounds of it (it worked out to be $1.00 a pound). I just wanted to make sure I had enough since we were traveling to Las Vegas with it and I didn't want to have to make more.



On the day of the party my niece began spreading the edible sand around the cake and her brother said, hey you are getting sand on the cake. Lol, no it's edible sand.



The party guests were having so much fun with it that they sprinkled in on their cake and ice cream.



I was honored to be asked and so glad I did it.


So for the young or old that want to have a beach themed party go ahead and have some fun, play in the sand and eat it too.


Gavin II's Edible Sand

 
Comments
Oct. 14, 2013 12:26 pm
Who knew...edible sand??? What fun! Now snooty Floridians (I'm not one of them) would tell you that our sand is WHITE, like sugar :-) You really outdid yourself, absolutely gorgeous photos. I hope lots of photos were taken because those kiddos will get a kick out of them one day. Love those sand buckets and shovels.
 
Paula 
Oct. 14, 2013 12:28 pm
I'm sure you are the favorite uncle! Great job! I love all the pics. Looks like you used that sand everywhere and it really helped to create the right ambience.
 
Oct. 14, 2013 12:30 pm
lutzflcat - Thank you. I can say that some parts of California have white sands. Lots of photos and videos were taken. Just hope when he's older he'll have something to play the videos on.
 
Oct. 14, 2013 12:33 pm
Paula - Thank you. Not sure about the favorite uncle but I was honored to be asked. My niece had the duty of spreading the sand and she did a great job.
 
Nadine 
Oct. 14, 2013 12:36 pm
Hi; that is fantastic. That is one lucky little boy to have an imaginative uncle like you. Loved it.
 
Oct. 14, 2013 12:37 pm
Nadine - Thank you. Got lucky on the first try. It was fun and the looks on faces with sand all around.
 
They are the apples of my pie 
Oct. 14, 2013 12:44 pm
Great idea! I'll have to try this for our next birthday party!
 
Oct. 14, 2013 12:44 pm
How fun is THAT!?!
 
Oct. 14, 2013 12:53 pm
Brian: I knew you were a GREAT uncle...even without the actual title! Nice job!
 
Oct. 14, 2013 12:54 pm
They are the apples of my pie - Thank you. It's so easy to make.
 
Oct. 14, 2013 12:55 pm
What's for dinner, mom? - It was not only fun making but the best part was watching the guests look at it like, what were they thinking.
 
Oct. 14, 2013 12:57 pm
bikerfamily - lol, good one. Thank you.
 
Oct. 14, 2013 1:06 pm
While I was replying to comments the "Ban this user" popped up. If I have banned anyone I am sincerly sorry. I don't think I did but just in case.
 
sueb 
Oct. 14, 2013 1:23 pm
I wish I had known about this many years ago! What a great idea!
 
Oct. 14, 2013 1:26 pm
nanny129 STAR! - I am so sorry. I never ment to do that. Thank you and thank you for looking in. I also responded on the buzz post.
 
Oct. 14, 2013 1:29 pm
sueb - Thank you. It doesn't get much easier. It's not too late, no doubt adults would like it too.
 
Bibi 
Oct. 14, 2013 1:55 pm
You are one great opa! Thanks for sharing!
 
Oct. 14, 2013 1:56 pm
Bibi - Thank you. It was fun.
 
Oct. 14, 2013 3:02 pm
You are a creative genius! I just went down and checked and your sand would fit right in on our beach! Good thing you weren't trying to color match to Bermuda sand, LOL.
 
Oct. 14, 2013 3:15 pm
BigShotsMom - lol, you didn't, did you? Thank you. Never been to Bermuda. A bunch of our friends are now on the sands of our most southern state Hawaii, maybe they can do a comparison. I grew up in Long Beach, California.
 
Oct. 14, 2013 4:37 pm
Bermuda has pink sand! And I really didn't have to go all the way down to the beach (all 100 feet) my great nephew has his beach pail full of sand on my terrace. Are we spoiled or what?
 
Oct. 14, 2013 5:24 pm
BigShotsMom - That's awesome. Glad I passed the sand test and yes I think you are spoiled. I have a lot of sand here in the desert but it's not beach sand.
 
Oct. 14, 2013 7:39 pm
Bd... you are gonna earn me the best Gramma ever Award! I can see A Little Mermaid Birthday Party for my Little Miss Molly! Love this Blog! Sir .. you are my Hero!
 
Oct. 14, 2013 7:45 pm
Terry Tripp - Thank you. Remember don't tell anyone except Grandpa. The guest will wonder what you were thinking when you spread the sand around. What a fun recipe.
 
Oct. 14, 2013 8:24 pm
Great story & pictures! Thanks!
 
Lela 
Oct. 14, 2013 8:29 pm
Brian- First, zoodles and now sand? Love the edible sand. Your beautiful photos add so much to your blog. Now, you will have to make dirt out of Oreos and chocolate pudding.
 
Oct. 14, 2013 9:08 pm
I'm with Lela!
 
Oct. 15, 2013 5:29 am
scootersandi - Thank you.
 
Oct. 15, 2013 5:31 am
Lela - Thank you. My niece just ordered a Spirooli to make zoodles. lol Oreos, chocolate pudding and gummy worms sound good.
 
Bambam 
Oct. 15, 2013 5:45 am
I love it, bd! You are so creative. My grandbaby would adore you, especially if she could help make it along with you. What a warm and thoughtful Uncle you are, bd!!
 
Oct. 15, 2013 5:56 am
That is a great blog and beautiful cake, too! I bet that was a birthday to be remembered! Great photos, too! I think my older granddaughters would like this idea a lot!
 
Oct. 15, 2013 6:03 am
Bambam - Thank you. Get those grandbabies to help you push the button on food processor. They will have a blast.
 
Oct. 15, 2013 6:05 am
Marianne - Thank you. Certainly a memorable one. I think I had more fun watching the adult faces as they were looking at the sand spread all around the food. That's when I picked up a spoon and tasted it. I told them it was a little gritty.
 
Oct. 15, 2013 6:44 am
Very creative thinking, bd! He'll look back someday on his first birthday as being very, very special. Great pictures. Simply terrific!
 
Oct. 15, 2013 7:27 am
Cookin'Cyn - Thank you. Lot's of photos and video taken.
 
Oct. 15, 2013 8:41 am
I love this idea! Great job! I can't wait to try it out for myself :-)
 
Oct. 15, 2013 8:48 am
So cute! And how much fun was that. . . also delicious. Win, win WIN!! Nice job bd. :)
 
Oct. 15, 2013 8:56 am
traceyposner - Thank you. You will have fun with it.
 
Oct. 15, 2013 8:56 am
LadySparkle - Thank you. It was a winner, winner.
 
Oct. 15, 2013 10:00 am
Wonderful job bd......but tapping fingers here on Maui waiting for an edible sand delivery.....in person! Love to you both!
 
Oct. 15, 2013 10:37 am
Fantastic idea! The photos are great! What a fun party that must have been! I do believe edible sand I can do. The decorating of the cakes maybe not so much :)
 
Oct. 15, 2013 10:48 am
mauigirl - Thank you. Sorry, can't make it. We'll catch up with you and Mike when you get home.
 
Oct. 15, 2013 10:51 am
still emeralds! - Thank you. Hmm...not sure about the grass. How will you be using it? A julienne peeler on a zucchini with the peelings cut to lenght or chives cut to size.
 
Oct. 15, 2013 10:52 am
Cat Hill - Thank you. It was fun. LOL, yes sand is easy - cakes, no.
 
Oct. 15, 2013 10:56 am
Yes.
 
Oct. 15, 2013 11:07 am
Mild Italian is what I used. Yes go for the pasta dish. I found this for you. http://www.amazon.com/Real-Grass-Edible-Image-Topper/dp/B009R67P1K/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1381860220&sr=8-5&keywords=edible+grass
 
Oct. 15, 2013 11:26 am
I pretty much steer clear of London broil and bottom round. Not that they are bad I just don't buy them. Eye of round, chuck and steaks are about it here.
 
Oct. 15, 2013 8:23 pm
Such a cute idea! Sounds like you are the "fun" & I am sure favorite Uncle!
 
Bobbie 
Oct. 16, 2013 6:31 am
Sugar cookies should work for white sand. I would add some edible glitter to it, too. Our gulf sand is white and has quartz crystals in it.
 
Oct. 16, 2013 7:21 am
Amazing idea, how innovative you are!
 
Oct. 16, 2013 8:33 am
happyschmoopies - Thank you. It was fun. Not sure about the favorite uncle but what the heck, at least I can pretend I am.
 
Oct. 16, 2013 8:34 am
Bobbie - Thanks for looking in. I would love to see the Gulf sand. All I had to go by is the So. Cal sands.
 
Oct. 16, 2013 8:35 am
REDCWOLF - Thank you. I just got lucky on the first try.
 
Oct. 16, 2013 1:52 pm
What a fantastic idea Brian! I love it! Your photos are so cool. You are so creative and come up with the neatest ideas. Will you please be MY uncle?
 
Oct. 16, 2013 2:22 pm
Candice - Thank you. I'll do better than be your uncle, I'll be your friend for life.
 
Oct. 16, 2013 5:15 pm
That is a clever approach for adding interest to cake decorating, bd! I think your idea would work to represent fur on animal motifs, too.
 
Oct. 16, 2013 5:27 pm
Mike Harvey, daPITA - Thank you for looking in. You might have an idea there.
 
Oct. 17, 2013 1:14 pm
Wow. This is fabulous. Thanks so much for sharing. I just love it.
 
Oct. 17, 2013 3:46 pm
Baking Nana - Thank you. Hope all of you are having a great time. Aloha!
 
Oct. 17, 2013 6:05 pm
adorable!!!!
 
Oct. 18, 2013 6:17 am
Koriekiss - Thank you.
 
 
 
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Graduated from the Culinary Institute of Burn and Learn. If DW and I were to take our daughter, son-in-law and our grand children out to dinner we would have to ask, "table for 10". Therefore, cooking at home has a high priority.
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