Make Your Own Colored Decorating Sugars!

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Colored sugars used to decorate fancy desserts can cost a bundle. Sold in pretty little 2-to-5 ounce bottles -- at some gourmet shops it works out to a whopping $25 a pound!

But they're easy to make right at home, plus you can create your own custom colors, and do it for mere pennies! (and you can find more cool stuff at my site: www.TamaraCentral.com)

Here's what you'll need:

Crystal Sugar (also called 'sanding sugar' -- characterized by large granules)
Food coloring (paste or liquid)
Spoons or Forks for mixing

Small salt shakers -- optional

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Step 1: Measure, Color, Mix

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Measure out the sugar you'll need for each color -- usually 1/4 cup or less.

Add food coloring. Begin with a small amount, just a drop at a time. You can always add more color if you want a deeper hue.

The liquid food coloring blends more quickly, but the paste gives richer hues. Experiment. Add the color a little bit at a time – it doesn’t take much. 'Knead' the sugar through your fingers or mix with a fork until color is evenly distributed.

Step 2: Dry (if necessary)

If you've added a large amount of liquid color, you may need to dry the sugar so it doesn't clump. Sprinkle the colored sugar on a foil-covered cookie sheet in the oven at 200 degrees for five to ten minutes, until sugar is completely dry.

Step 3: Pour into Shakers

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If you're using salt shakers to store your new sugar, make sure your shakers have holes large enough for your sugar crystals to fit through when shaking.

Using a funnel, pour sugar into shakers. Alternatively, store in ziploc bags.

Step 4: Display, Use, Give, Enjoy!

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Place an array of sugars on a small plate to give as a gourmet gift for a foodie, or use at your next cookie decorating party.

More cool stuff at my website (and blog):

Thanks people!!

kash_black20 days ago

Can't wait for an opportunity to try this! Great 'ible :)

Cool idea! I love how they look all lined up like that.

poofrabbit1 year ago
Congratulations on your runner up prize win in the play with you food contest!
TamaraBerg (author)  poofrabbit1 year ago
Aw thanks! I will wear my t-shirt proudly. And more Instructibles coming from lil' ol' me soon! Thanks!!
p4tinha1 year ago
Great idea! =) Must try it as soon as the stores open.
chr15sc1 year ago
Hi, nice 'ible. I made some last week for cake pops using gel colouring. It takes some mixing but comes out well once completed. Just persevere in mixing the little lumps.
sabu.dawdy1 year ago
simple but clever
spider871 year ago
Love this! It's so simple but clever! Nice job op!
chazortiz1 year ago
Awesome this is gonna save me a bundle! great instructable
Wonderful idea! So simple and so brilliant :D