Spun Sugar!




Spun sugar is surpassingly sweet and surprisingly simple! Adding it to almost any dessert is an instant upgrade that will impress everyone. Not to mention it tastes delicious!

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Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients

All you need to create beautiful spun sugar is:

1. A small saucepan

2. 1/4 cup water

3. 1 cup sugar

4. Parchment paper

5. Two forks

Step 2: Caramelize the Sugar

Combine the sugar and water in the sauce pan and cook over medium heat. DO NOT STIR!

The mixture will boil and turn clear, then gradually darken in color. This may take 10-15 minutes or so.

When it reaches a golden color, remove it from the heat.

Step 3: Swirl

Lifting the pan off the stove, VERY gently swirl the sugar mixture until it stops boiling.

Step 4: Let It Cool

Set the pan down and let the sugar cool until it's thick (probably about 8 minutes) - you'll know it's ready when you dip a fork into it and the sugar slowly drips off in long, thin threads. If thick drops are plopping off the fork, let it cool some more and test again.

Step 5: Spin That Sugar!

Now for the fun part!

I like to use two forks, held back to back, but you can use one if you like.

Spread your parchment paper out on the counter. Dip your forks into the sugar and as the sugar starts drizzling off the fork, wave it over the parchment paper in circles, up and down, and all around. You can also use your hands to pull the strings off of the forks.

The video shows both of these methods.

When the stream stops or breaks off, dip the forks in the sugar again and repeat this process until you are happy with the amount of sugar that you have.

Step 6: Decorate Your Dessert

Break off pieces of your sugar and add to any dessert in whatever way you'd like.

I stacked mine on a raspberry lime tart with an almond crust and it was delicious!

If some of your sugar melts or it doesn't stand up and instead lays flat, don't worry. Once it cools all the way, you can break those large pieces off and stand them up on any dessert and it will still be beautiful!

If any of you make this, I'd love to see any pictures of what you decide to do with your spun sugar!

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    8 Discussions


    4 years ago

    Lovely one. I have be looking for how to make this for very long time thanks for this.

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    Reply 4 years ago

    Cool! Glad you found it :) I'd love to know how it turns out if you make it!


    4 years ago

    I always wanted to know how to make that fancy spun sugar. I got some on top of a cupcake at a restaurant once, but it cut the roof of my mouth because it was so sharp!

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    Reply 4 years ago

    Ya I cut myself once too! You have to be careful if you bite down on too much of it! If you let it melt in your mouth it's so delicious though :) let me know how it turns out if you do make it!


    4 years ago

    It's like the annoying strings from hot glue, but you're doing it on purpose and it's tasty! I love everything about this! I don't know why I've never heard of this before. Totally awesome!

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