To celebrate the annual Vivid light extravaganza, we have made (drumroll) a glowing donut! Or as we like to call them Glonuts. Come find us at Martin Place for our first ever glowing food!
The inspiration behind the glonut came while Chris Thé was walking around the Vivid Festival in 2016 trying to thinking of a way to link food with the light show. The answer that popped into his head was to make it glow in the dark. Seeing the amazing Vivid light show is one thing, eating it is another!
Just the thought of people eating glow in the dark food at the world famous Vivid festival of light was an amazing challenge we just couldn’t resist! After coming up with the concept of glow in the dark food It took us the rest of the year to prove the concept would work but we required a light-proof structure to be built so we had to know we would deliver on the wow factor.
It took a few months of cooking experiments to create something we could be proud of. We thought it would be fun to see people with glow in the dark icing all over their hands and faces so donuts were the natural choice. Then we came up with the name “glonut” which really sealed the deal. The glonut is based on our BlackStar donut which is like a brioche with half the butter, so it is light to eat and not at all greasy. The magic is in the icing which glows in the dark under blacklight.
The ingredient that makes the icing glow is made from vitamin B, which in itself is quite acidic. We decided to ice the donut in yuzu glaze, which is also quite tart, so there is a balance of sweet and sour on the buttery donut.
People have loved the glonut, we have had to ramp up production in order to meet demand. When food is able to capture the imagination like a glow in the dark donut it’s no wonder they have taken off!
How does your donut glow?
The icing is made using Riboflavin (or Vitamin B) which glows under UV light. Riboflavin is natural and safe to eat.