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

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.

kash_black1 month ago

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

TamaraBerg (author)  kash_black2 days ago


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!!
p4tinha2 years ago
Great idea! =) Must try it as soon as the stores open.
chr15sc2 years 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.dawdy2 years ago
simple but clever
spider872 years ago
Love this! It's so simple but clever! Nice job op!
chazortiz2 years ago
Awesome this is gonna save me a bundle! great instructable
Wonderful idea! So simple and so brilliant :D