Creative Cooking

Edible Jewelry in Need of a Sophisticated Makeover

The United States, they say, is a "first world" country. And yes, our nation is indeed in many ways a booming nexus of industrialized capitalism and advanced technology.

With regards to the development of edible jewelry, however, we are primitive at best. And this very much concerns me.

In my youth, edible jewelry in the forms of ring pops and candy necklaces was prevalent. Like many kids, I got a real kick out of adorning myself and then casually consuming my sugar baubles. Granted, the average candy necklace tasted very much like cheap chalk and those "fruit" ring pops resembled the flavor of no berry you'd find on earth. The fun at the time, of course, was in the novelty of wearing sweets.

Fast-forward 20 years and I still am intrigued by the idea of edible jewelry. And given that people pony up for fancy cakes shaped like purses, I'm willing to bet there's a market for other comestible accessories. The problem, however, is that candy jewelry remains cheap and unsophisticated.

Gourmet and high-end versions of so many other traditionally "kiddie" treats, such as cupcakes, popsicles and popcorn, have emerged in recent years. Where the heck are the couture candy necklaces?

Not to say I'd pay an exorbitant amount of money just for a bracelet I can nibble. But I would pay more than a few pennies for some accoutrement made from quality ingredients (re: not Red #40). Mayhaps marzipan, butter toffee, candied nuts, etc.? Heck, what about an engagement ring made from rock candy? Or chocolate wedding bands dusted with gold flakes? The perfect stand-in piece for the couple who are hungry, in love and unable at the moment to afford the real deal.

I know I'm onto something. I just need to find the Willy Wonka of the jewelry world. Or the Harry Winston of the candy world.

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Joanna O'Leary