Edible unicorn horns are amazing, fun, and super tasty to make. They’re a super easy unicorn horn recipe that requires little time, is 100% consumable, and is manageable even for a beginner baker! Use them as party favors or for decorating cakes or for other festive treats!
I have been hesitant for quite some time to join in on the unicorn craze for a couple of reasons. A. the craze, well, it seems to bring out the crazies. And when I say some people are obsessed with this trend they are crazy obsessed. And that’s a lot of pressure to live up to.
B. Trends come and go so fast, by the time by dumb ass catches up, well the trend is normally over. And how terrifying is it to be “behind” on trends? Well 2020 is the year I’m starting to take that fear and chuck it in the f**k it bucket because I want to make some dang unicorn horns just because. And so I did.
So let’s get into this no longer cool, trendy recipe.
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To be completely honest, these unicorn horns weren’t made for unicorns. They were created to make an awesome narwhal cake for my marine biologist friend’s birthday. BUT IT’S STILL RELEVENT, so I digress.
Don’t limit your imagination based on my title. These edible unicorns horns are great for all sorts of fun treats like narwhal horns, unicorns (duh), wizard’s wands, swordfish, etc, etc.
The dough for these horns is made from Jello and powdered sugar, and has the consistency of almost a weird hybrid of air dry clay and Play Doh. It’s also as fun to play with as those were when were kids.
Also, fair warning the horns themselves are also super addicting. Idk if it’s all the sugar but damn. It’s so hard to stop eating them once you start.
Edible Unicorn Tips
- Definitely keep a small bowl of Sprite next to you while you roll and twist out the candy. As you work it, the ropes can become dry so by dipping your fingers in the Sprite will keep your stuff from cracking.
- Let these bad bois air dry for about 24 hours. I have found that if you don’t you’ll end up with a limp horn that droops.
- Set aside plenty of time. I learned this the hard way. These take longer than I expected them to. Making the dough is quick and easy. Creating the final masterpiece takes patience. If you rush it, you’re going to eff it up.
- Store each dough in a plastic bag or air tight container while you prepare the others. The dough dries out enough to be hard to mold rather quickly.
- Use a silicone baking mat to help prevent sticking while molding the dough and for drying.
Unicorn Horn Recipe
- 3 oz Jello (any flavor)
- 2½-3 cups powdered sugar
- ¼ cup Sprite
- NOTE! The ingredient list is for only one color of dough. Depending on how many colors you want to make, please make sure you multiply the recipe so you get your best results!
- Combine your Jello and Sprite in a microwave safe bowl and mix them together. Heat this for 20-30 seconds in your microwave until the Jello is dissolved.
- Add 1 cup of powdered sugar to your stand mixer bowl and the Jello/Sprite mixture.
- Beat them together until combined and slowly add the rest of your powdered sugar a ¼-½ cup at a time. **
- Mix until a soft dough forms. Then on a clean surface spread an additional ¼-½ cup of powdered sugar and begin to knead the Jello dough on it until it is no longer sticky. Then immediately transfer it into a sealed container. (These doughs dry out fast so if your planning on making multi colored horns I highly suggest locking that moisture in until you are ready to make the horns).
- Repeat these steps until you have all the colors you want for your horns made. I chose to do 3 but you could probably make up to 5 no problem.
- Once you have all of your dough colors made, begin rolling out your dough into snakes. (You know, like Play Dough snakes). It may be easiest to cut your dough into quarters or sixths first because these snakes can get long and it just makes them easier to work with.
- Then stack you different color dough snakes on top of one another and roll them together. ***
- Once they are rolled together, twist the rope you've created to give a nice swirl. Using a sharp knife or pastry cutter, cut your ropes into slightly shorter pieces that you want in final length.
- Then, roll out the top part of your cut ropes so that it slowly gets thinner and pointier. Boom. You've got a unicorn horn.
- Place the horns on a silicone baking mat and ALLOW THEM TO DRY FOR 24HRS! For real, don't skip this step. You'll regret it.
*** If your snakes don’t want to stick together, wet your fingers with a little bit of Sprite and that should do the trick. *Note* Nutrition information may not be 100% accurate
Unicorn parties are still a little girl’s dream birthday party (and many adult womens’ dreams too). But what unicorn cake is complete without the horn? None of them. Because then it would just be a horse cake.
Like I said, these edible unicorn horns were made for a super cute narwhal cake, not a unicorn, but they’re still just as glorious. If you want to check out the narwhal cake, I have the recipe for you right here!
Cute Buttercream Narwhal Cake
I also think that trendy or not, unicorn horns are just a fun thing to create. I mean adulthood is lame so why not keep some of our childhood magic alive to the best of our ability?
Why can’t adults play with their food, use their imaginations, and believe in unicorns? Where’s the fun in life without a little child’s play? So you do you, boo and dream of magic and create some delicious edible unicorn horns.
So once you’ve made these horns, take a pic, post it on the gram and make sure to tag me (@handheld_eats)! I love seeing you creations and really, if you don’t post it on Instagram, did it even happen?
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