How to Make Beautiful Bubbles at Home

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It doesn’t matter if you have kids to entertain — or you just want to indulge your inner child, bubbles are big-time backyard entertainment. Here’s a recipe to make great big, gloopy bubbles. And why not invite a few friends over and combine bubbles with some Island strawberries and bubbly sparkling wine from Blue Grouse?

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How to make extra bubbly bubbles

• 1/2 cup corn starch
• 6 cups water (distilled is best, but tap water is fine)
• 1/2 cup ultra-concentrated dish detergent
• 1 Tbsp baking powder
• 1 Tbsp glycerine
• Giant bubble wand (Buy a wand or use two drinking straws and a length of yarn six to eight times the length of one straw. Thread the yarn through the straws, tie a knot and make bubbles.)

Dissolve cornstarch in water, stirring well, then stir in the rest off the ingredients. (Don’t create a lot of froth.) Allow bubble mixture to sit for at least an hour, stirring occasionally when you see the cornstarch settling to the bottom.

Pour into a large shallow baking pan or casserole dish. Note: Some of the cornstarch won’t dissolve completely; this won’t affect the quality of your bubbles. The more bubbles you make, the silkier the mixture gets.

Once the mixture is nice and smooth, dip your bubble wands in the mixture and enjoy the rainbows that bubbles make as they float through the air. We recommend having some warm water and a towel on hand as the mixture can get sticky!

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