Make Your Own Colored Decorating Sugars!

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Introduction: Make Your Own Colored Decorating Sugars!

About: Craft Maniac, Food Geek, Celebration Enthusiast, All-Around Funsational Gal

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)
Bowls
Spoons or Forks for mixing

Small salt shakers -- optional

Step 1: Measure, Color, Mix

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

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!

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):
www.TamaraCentral.com

Thanks people!!

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    13 Comments

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    Jess543
    Jess543

    5 years ago

    nice, great idea!

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    TamaraBerg
    TamaraBerg

    Reply 5 years ago

    Thank you!

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    kash_black
    kash_black

    5 years ago on Introduction

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

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    poofrabbit
    poofrabbit

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Congratulations on your runner up prize win in the play with you food contest!

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    TamaraBerg
    TamaraBerg

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Aw thanks! I will wear my t-shirt proudly. And more Instructibles coming from lil' ol' me soon! Thanks!!

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    p4tinha
    p4tinha

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea! =) Must try it as soon as the stores open.

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    chr15sc
    chr15sc

    7 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    spider87
    spider87

    7 years ago

    Love this! It's so simple but clever! Nice job op!

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    chazortiz
    chazortiz

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome this is gonna save me a bundle! great instructable