Sharing our guide on how to make Gilded Gemstone Popsicles adorned with edible gold, making for a magical and visually stunning treat.
Unleash your creativity and add a touch of opulence to your frozen treats with our mesmerizing recipe for Gilded Gemstone Popsicles.
And technically, this is more like a craft recipe hack because we used lemonade and Kool-Aid for the popsicles. Embellished with the allure of edible gold, these popsicles are not only a feast for the taste buds but also a feast for the eyes.
So whether you’re planning a luxurious party or simply want to indulge in some edible magic, follow our step-by-step guide to create these exquisite and Instagram-worthy gemstone popsicles that will leave everyone in awe.
Get ready to take your summertime treats to a whole new level of elegance and enchantment! And did we mention these were also ring pop style?
How to Use Edible Gold Leaf
In case you’re wondering, are these popsicles actually made of gold?
Yes, indeed they are and all thanks to edible gold leaf. The ones we used in particular are made of genuine 23 karat gold.
If you are using gold leaf for a food project, make sure to purchase one that specifically states that it is edible and safe for consumption. Because there are gold leaf sheets sold for purely craft purposes.
Gold leaf sheets are really delicate so try to touch it as little as possible and always with clean hands.
It’s really helpful to apply it with a fine thin brush, dedicated just for food. And remember that a little goes a long way.
It also helps to light wet the surface first with your brush before applying the gold leaf. This way, the sheet will stick better. Simple syrup could also work.
Materials and Tools Needed to Make DIY Gilded Gemstone Popsicles
Gemstone popsicle ring molds — The exact ones we used are currently sold out, but this jewel ring ice pop mold is very similar. There are also some larger gemstone popsicle molds or diamond shaped molds with for sticks.
Dedicated food brush — A regular paint brush that you only use for food to please those that are food safety die-hard
Lemonade, Kool-Aid, juice or your own homemade popsicle recipe — Some of our popsicles are simply frozen lemonade (with added food coloring). Others are frozen Kool-Aid.
Optional: Food coloring
Optional: Edible gold glitter
How to Make Homemade Popsicles
Obviously, before you get to the point of making any Gilded Gemstone Popsicles, you actually have to make popsicles first.
The gemstone molds we bought came with a recipe book. But we skipped the fancy ones and just made simple lemonade and Kool-Aid flavors.
Then, we added one or two drops of food coloring to the light lemonade flavored ones.
We also tried adding edible gold sprinkles to the mix on some of them to give them more texture. And though it works, it also makes the popsicles fall a part a lot quicker so just keep that in mind!
How to Make DIY Gilded Gemstone Popsicles
Once your popsicles are ready, use a dedicated food brush to brush on the edible gold leaf in small sections.
When you’re done applying the gold to one popsicle, immediately place it back in the freezer until the rest are complete and ready to serve.
Be sure not to lay the pops flat on their sides when you put them back in the freezer.
Either put them back in the molds or store them upright in a bowl of crushed iced so that they keep their shape.
Serving Your Popsicles
As with all frozen treats, its best to serve them immediately after taking them out of the fridge.
However, these beautiful desserts were originally meant for a party.
And we learned that the hard way on how not to serve them after a gemstone pop casualty or two got crushed.
But now that we’ve realized that a bed of ice is for more than just oysters, we may never go back to serving popsicles from plastic wrap again.
If you do have some popsicle casualties that lose its shape, definitely use the crushed ice to serve your other popsicles on.
We think it looks super awesome on ice!
This is a delicate DIY so we recommend making extras.
And lastly, they’re even pretty when they melt.
We swear we might actually get one of the thousand melting popsicle photos we took printed. We love the way it looks!
More Fun Ways to Use Edible Gold
Once you’ve gotten the hang of working with edible gold, check out other fun ways to incorporate it in the kitchen below —
Gilded Gemstone Popsicle Recipe
- Gemstone popsicle mold
- Food safe paintbrush
- Juice for your popsicle
- 1 edible gold leaf
- Food coloring optional
- Edible gold luster dust optional
To make your popsicle:
- Optional: Mix in 2 drops of food coloring to your juice or drink mix if you different colored popsicles.
- Optional: Mix edible gold sprinkles to the mix for additional sparkle and texture.
- Pour your juice or drink mixture into the popsicle mold.
- Insert popsicle sticks and freeze until solid, 6-8 hours or ideally overnight.
To add the edible gold:
- Remove the frozen popsicle from the mold. For easy removal, run the mold under warm water,
- With a dedicated food brush, brush on the edible gold leaf in small sections. When you’re done applying the gold to one popsicle, immediately place it back in the freezer until the rest are complete and ready to serve. Be sure not to lay the pops flat on their sides when you put them back in the freezer. Either put them back in the molds or store them upright in a bowl of crushed iced so that they keep their shape.