Envelope Glue!

I have finally found a recipe for envelope glue, and it actually tastes nice and is comparatively healthy, having only four ingredients, which are to be found in pretty much any food lover's kitchen. Like any recipe, this could be doubled. But don't do that, it doesn't seem like you are making enough, but you are because you only need to lightly spread it over the edge of the envelope. Besides, it is a food product and will go bad in about two weeks, so have lots of envelopes lined up before making. 
OK, just encase you got me wrong, I don't mean envelope glue to make the actual envelope. I mean envelop glue that dries, and when you lick it it becomes sticky. For those of you who like to make cards and stationery, you can just buy boxes of envelopes that are standard sizes, but it's fun to make your own, because that way you can do weird shapes and sizes, and the envelopes really match the cards. Anyway, they taste nicer this way. Also, when you make your own envelopes, cards, and envelope glue, you get this warm feeling of satisfaction, and feel wickedly creative. 
Moving on to the actual recipe. The one I found called for one envelope (no pun intended) of gelatin, but a tablespoon worked fine for me.


3 tablespoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon sugar

(The sugar and vanilla are not strictly necessary, and the glue will work fine without them, but it will taste like vinegar to lick, which is horrible. Trust me. Of course it would make a good April fools joke.)

Put the vinegar in a plastic tub or microwave safe bowl and heat it in the microwave until it is hot. About 30-45 seconds. 

When the vinegar is hot, add the gelatin and stir.
 (The tub is best because you will need to store the mixture in the fridge and transferring it is a waste of time. If you don't have a microwave handy, you can do it on the stove. The point is to get the vinegar hot and dissolve the gelatin.)
When the gelatin is completely dissolved, add the sugar and vanilla. (You could experiment with different extracts and flavors. But I like vanilla.)
When you have done all this you should have a mixture the exact color of honey. At some point I thought that it would be fun to add red food coloring and use it on Christmas-y envelopes, but I haven't tried it.






This photo is really grainy, but you get the idea. Honey color.









Now you have envelope glue. All you do is get a paint brush and brush it onto your envelope (or anything else you want to lick and make sticky).
It takes about two hours to dry, so do a whole bunch all at once.




The last things are that this is a food product, so it will go bad if left out. Therefore you must store it in the refrigerator. But, it will turn into jello (which probably tastes pretty good) and you must heat it before you can use it again. It only lasts for two weeks, so use it fast. I like to make sets of cards and envelopes, put this on and give it as a gift. But you can do whatever you want. 

So, good luck with all that, don't forget to experiment with other flavors. And for those of you who are like me, try not to hurt yourself. 

Once it is on the envelope, the moisture goes away as it dries so it won't go bad on the envelope. When you lick it, it becomes sticky. And its actually pretty fun to lick because it tastes sweet and vanilla-y. Also, for those of you who simply despise licking envelopes, you can just get a paint brush damp and use that instead.
Enjoy!

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