How-To Color Sugar

Sugars can usually be bought in a variety of colors. But what if your local stores only carry certain shades, or you need a specific color for your project? Sugar can easily be colored to match whatever shade you may need. Sanding sugar, coarse sugar, and even regular granulated sugar can all be colored using concentrated food colors.

Step 1: Getting materials around

You will need:

Choose either white sanding sugar or white coarse sugar, depending on the effect that you want. If neither of those are available, granulated sugar can also be used. Decide what color you want your finished product to be and choose your food color accordingly. Be sure to use food colors that are concentrated so that you don’t need to use much to get your desired color. The Americolor food colors are nice to use in this application because the color comes out drop by drop. This way you can keep track of how many drops you used to color each batch.

Step 1

Step 2: Adding the color

Measure 1 cup of the sugar into the resealable bag. (Measuring isn’t necessary but may help incase you need to duplicate the color in the future.) Add 1 drop of food coloring to the sugar. More color can always be added later if needed. If you are using a powdered food color, be sure to measure out the powder before adding to the sugar.

Step 2

Step 3: Blending the color

Once the color has been added, seal the bag closed. Begin to blend the color by kneading the sugar with your hands. The color will start to separate and clump the sugar together. If you are using powdered color, mix the color by gently shaking the bag. Continually move the bag around so that color can reach all the sugar.

Step 3

Step 4: The finished product

Break the clumps by smashing and rubbing them together. Continue to knead the sugar until it is one solid shade and there is no white left. If a brighter or richer color is desired, add another drop of coloring and repeat steps 3 and 4. Use colored sugar to decorate cookies, cupcakes, cakes, and more!

Step 4

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