Ginormous Bubbles

mammoth bubbles-19 squareSo you guys…I know you want dinner recipes. I hear you. It’s on my brain (in fact, it was on my brain at 4:30 in the morning when I woke up in a cold sweat…between 3 birthdays, Father’s Day, writing a cookbook, and leaving on a 3-day-each-way road trip to Utah, I have, in fact, many things on my brain.) I was going to post a dinner recipe today. And life got in the way. I was overly stressed and under-ly slept and sometimes you just need bubbles.


Ginormous Bubbles! Our Best Bites

We have an awesome basic giant bubble recipe, but I saw these awhile back and wanted to take things to the next level. Once we got the hang of things, they were huge–like some of them were 15-20 feet long.

Giant bubbles on Our Best Bites!

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You’re going to need a few supplies that you probably don’t have lurking in your cupboards:

*Original Dawn dish soap (not concentrated, Ultra, or anything–just regular, original Dawn. Supposedly you can get it at Walmart; I just ordered mine on Amazon with the other, stranger supplies.)

*Glycerin. You can find it in the cake decorating supplies or ask a pharmacist–they often have it behind the counter. I also just ordered mine from Amazon.

*J-Lube. This is both the most…unusual as well as important ingredient. It’s a polymer that helps make those giant, sturdy bubbles. It’s a veterinary obstetrical lubrication and can be difficult to find. You can order it from farm supply stores (if you live in a farming community, you may be able to find it locally) or you can order it from Amazon (the price is slightly higher, but it may offset shipping costs from other sites. Warning: some of the Amazon reviews/suggested products are a little graphic because, believe it or not, some people use it for things other than assisting in the birth of baby animals and other veterinary care. If this is something that potentially concerns you, just go to the order page and don’t scroll much further.)

*Baking powder. This improves the longevity and strength of the bubbles.

*2 wooden dowels

*About 6-7 feet of 100% cotton yarn (the thicker the better)

*Optional: A weight to help the yarn from getting tangled. We used a paperclip, but ended up having better results when we removed it, we just had to be more careful not to get tangly.

bubble ingredients

Tie one end of the yarn tightly near the top of one of the dowels (you can notch it with a knife first to make it more secure. Run a line of yarn about 1 1/2-2 feet to the same spot on the other dowel and tie it securely. Tie the remaining end near the original knot, so you have a taut horizontal line on top and loose, drapey yarn on bottom.

bubble wandMy son was decidedly not thrilled to be a part of this.

In a large, very clean bucket or container, combine the J-Lube and the baking powder. Slowly whisk in a gallon of warm water and mix until combined. Add 1 cup of Dawn and 2 tablespoons of glycerin and stir to combine completely.

Dip the yarn sticks (is that a thing? I just made it up) in the water. When you pull them out, keep the sticks as far apart as possible and start walking backwards. You’ll kind of get a feel for it and what works for you, but we all eventually got the hang of it!

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  1. Now I know we are all adults here but do you know that when you go on Amazon’s link for J-Lube and then scroll down. you get several ads for dildoes. not sure if you are aware of this. My daughter and I were looking at your blog and then I quickly shut my computer. Just thought you would want to know.

  2. We’ve tried so many homemade bubble recipes that were no good, the J-Lube is a new ingredient we’ve never tried. It seems nothing homemade works as well as Gazillion Bubbles.. My daughter has one of those bubble trays that are dinner plate size, have you tried the recipe with something like that? Or with regular bubble blowers?

  3. Looks like tons of fun!!

    Any idea how long you can store this for? Thinking it would be good to make up and have on hand ….

  4. Oh my gosh, this looks SO fun! I just happen to have a giant bottle of J-Lube in my cupboard and I’ve been looking for ways to use it up. Just kidding, I have no J-lube. Lol. But I’m going to order some because this looks awesome.

  5. Amazing!! Saw someone doing this on a square in St. Petersburg Russia last summer…and getting a TON of tips from tourists. Great to have the recipe so we can try it at home!

    Good luck on your road trip. I hope you have a portable DVD player..or maybe 2!!!

  6. What a perfect summer activity. My kids will love this!

    Good luck on your car trip! We have driven twice from Virginia to Utah and it’s definitely long. Do you have a good supply of tootsie pop microphones for family sing-a-longs and surprise activities (i.e. everyone run around the car 7 times or everyone do 20 jumping jacks) to draw out of a hat every time you stop for gas? Our best trick is that when we stop for lunch my husband drops the kids and me off at a fast food place with a playground and we hit the bathrooms then go straight to the playground. While the kids play, my husband gets gas, orders all the food, and eats his food, then we all get back in the car and everyone else eats in the car. It gives the kids a nice break without taking any extra time and then having lunch in the car gives us something do do for the next 20ish minutes. Oh, last year we gave all the kids an assignment (my son kept the roadkill tally, my daughter counted yellow and orange cars to see what state had the most and which was more common, etc.) and it was surprising how much they got into it and how it kept them occupied and interested for the whole drive. I have lots of other ideas if you are looking for them. Good luck!

  7. Well, you’re right, I wanted a dinner recipe but….these look so fun! I can’t wait to try them with my oldest daughter. 🙂

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