|I'm calling these Frost Blue, Blackberry Bramble, Key Lime Pie, and Orange Sherbet.|
It was only after spending around three bucks on a jar of colored sugar for decorating baked goods that I realized I could probably make that at home for practically free. Definitely a #facepalm moment. Making colored sugar is so Super Simple it's almost embarrassing. I whipped up four colors in almost no time at all. Here's how I added to my starting-to-get-out-of-control sprinkles and sugar collection.
- Food dye
- Zipper top sandwich bag (there's three in the photo, but I only used one)
- Storage (i.e. empty spice bottles)
- Paper plates
Measure out the sugar by filling the storage jar with sugar and emptying it into a zipper topped sandwich bag. Add food dye. Smoosh it around until the sugar is evenly coated.
|The dye forms beads in the sugar. It looks strange. Don't be scared. It's supposed to look like that.|
Spread the sugar out on paper plates to let it dry out a bit. I use paper plates because it's so easy to just fold the plate in half and use it like a funnel to pour the sugar into the jars.
|Let them dry for a while. Admire the colors while you're at it.|
Here's how I made the colors:
- Frost Blue - 1 drop blue, 1 tsp. Wilton silver lustre powder
- Blackberry Bramble - 2 drops blue, 4 drops red
- Key Lime Pie - 1 drop blue, 2 drops yellow
- Orange Sherbet - 1 drop red, 2 drops yellow
I read somewhere that if you dilute gel colors just a bit, they'll give a brighter color, but I haven't tried that yet. When I do, I'll let you know how that turns out. I'm also on the lookout for coarse sugar. I haven't seen any at the grocery store, but I just love the way coarse colored sugar looks. Any ideas where I can pick up some?