Dylithium Crystal Food Ideas Needed!

I’m going to be attending a Star Trek costume party at the end of this month. Guests are required to wear a suitable costume and bring a Star Trek themed food item.

I have my Romulan costume all ready to go but I’ve decided I need to bring a dylithium themed food dish. So I need ideas for a crystal type food. Rock candy seems like a good idea except for the fact that it’s crazy hard to make.

Anyone have any recipes or ideas?

Google ‘broken glass jello’

If you’re bringing dilithium, wouldn’t a more appropiate costume be a Horta?

More importantly, dilithium is indeed the proper spelling. Wouldn’t want pedantic fanboys to spoil your party.

? Rock candy is not crazy hard to make … most of it is just hanging out waiting for the rock to grow. We did it in first grade.

* 2 cups water
* 4 cups granulated sugar
* 1/2-1 tsp flavoring extract or oil (optional)
* food coloring (optional)
* glass jar
* skewer or thread (see below)


  1. Prepare your materials: wash a glass jar thoroughly with hot water to clean it. Cut a length of thick cotton thread a few inches longer than the height of the jar, and tape it to a pencil. Place the pencil across the lip of the jar, and wind it until the thread is hanging about 1 inch from the bottom of the jar. Attach a paper clip to the bottom of the thread to weight it and ensure it hangs straight down. Alternately, you can use a wooden skewer as the base of your rock candy, and use clothespins balanced across the top of the jar to clip it into place.

  2. Wet your thread or wooden skewer, and roll it in granulated sugar. This base layer will give the sugar crystals something to “grab” when they start forming. Set the thread or skewer aside to dry while you prepare your sugar syrup.

  3. Place the water in a medium-sized pan and bring it to a boil. Begin adding the sugar, one cup at a time, stirring after each addition. You will notice that it takes longer for the sugar to dissolve after each addition. Continue to stir and boil the syrup until all of the sugar has been added and it is all dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat.

  4. If you are using colors or flavorings, add them at this point. If you are using an extract, add 1 tsp of extract, but if you are using flavoring oils, only add ½ tsp, and make sure you don’t stand right in front of the pan—the scent can be very strong as it rises in the steam. Add 2-3 drops of food coloring and stir to ensure even, smooth color.

  5. Allow the sugar syrup to cool for approximately 10 minutes, then pour it into the prepared jar. Lower the sugared string or skewer until it hangs about 1 inch from the bottom.

  6. Carefully place your jar in a cool place, away from harsh lights, where it can sit undisturbed. Cover the top loosely with plastic wrap or paper towel.

  7. You should start to see sugar crystals forming within 2-4 hours. If you have seen no change to your skewer or thread after 24 hours, try boiling the sugar syrup again and dissolve another cup of sugar into it, then pour it back into the jar and insert the string or skewer again.

  8. Allow the rock candy to grow until it is the size you want. Don’t let it grow too large, otherwise it might start growing into the sides of your jar! Once it has reached the size you want, remove it and allow it to dry for a few minutes, then enjoy or wrap in plastic wrap to save it for later.

There are some interesting possibilities with gelatin, even aside from dessert.

(Not “good” just “interesting”)

I’m liking this idea a lot - easy to make, people like Jello and it looks sort of crystal-ish.

So, is there a colour that dilithium crystals are generally accepted to be? I don’t want some rabid fan-boy dissing my jello!

Can you add food coloring to peanut brittle? Rock candy may look cool, but it tastes like pure sugar.

Dilithium crystals were always quartz-like white transparent in nature. The Star Trek wiki has a few examples. No food coloring required…

Perhaps you could display or serve the dish in a home made Dilithium Crystal Articulation Frame.


How about some sort of punch-like beverage with large frozen soda water cubes? If you made the cubes in plastic containers or empty milk cartons of various sizes instead of ice-cube trays, they’d last longer and be more obvious in the punch.

That’s what I was going to suggest. Make big hunks and then break the top end with a hammer until it’s pointy. I always think of dilithium as pinkish, like pink quartz.

You could use pink grapefruit juice, and stir up some this in it: edible_sparkles

Then drop it into some neon-colored soda, and get a light source under the bowl if possible. For the Geek crowd, highly caffeinated soda is recommended. Like this .