Happy Halloween! 7 Surprising Foods That Glow

Happy Halloween! 7 Surprising Foods That Glow
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Happy Halloween! 7 Surprising Foods That Glow

Harness these foods' hidden powers with a totally spooky Halloween black light party.

Vanilla Ice Cream

The beigey undertones give off a yellowish glow under a UV light. For some extra coolness? Marble the ice cream with black fudge for a zebra stripe effect.

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Ripe Bananas

Ready for your daily scoop of science? Studies have shown that aging bananas (great band name, by the way) glow bright blue under a black light due to released chemicals. So this one isn't just a neat party trick: if you've got a UV light handy and a bunch of bananas, whichever one glows brightest is the one that's best to eat!

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Tonic Water

Tonic water has long been the secret to eerie electric blue cocktails at black light bars. It's the quinine in the mixture that gives it that signature glow: try freezing tonic water in ice cubes, too!

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Freshly Chopped Lettuce

Remember that science behind the glowing bananas? Well, it turns out that lettuce has a similar situation going on too, but only right after it's cut. The chlorophyll that's released glows a bright pinkish-red under a black light. Use it to decorate a plate.

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Shredded Coconut

There's no fancy explanation behind this one: like anything that's pure white, coconut glows bright under a UV light. Makes for a great garnish too atop non-glowing desserts, like these Milk Chocolate Cups-of-Fluff. Glowing oozy centers, yum.

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Olive Oil

Although its yellow color might seem dull in normal light, zapping a bottle of olive oil with a laser can unleash a whole spectrum of orange-red awesome. (Which is wholly unsurprising, since lasers inherently make everything more awesome.) And if you don't have a laser handy, a trusty black light intensifies pure olive oil to a bright yellow.

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The whites of fried eggs glow bluish. A peeled hard-boiled egg has a yellowish tint. Shelled eggs give off a faint pink-purple glow. Eggs: is there any way they can't glow?

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by Samantha Dupler

When you hear the phrase "glowing food," we don't really blame you if your immediate word association is something like "unnatural," "radioactive," or "literally, a plate full of chemicals." After all, a dish of phosphorescent penne alla vodka that was cooked up in the kitchen of a nuclear power plant doesn't sound too appealing to anyone.

That's why we're talking about natural, average and totally unremarkable foods: that is, until you switch a black light on. Some of these glowing groceries might even be in your fridge right now.

Check out the slideshow above to learn which foods can glow in the dark.

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