How-to: Make Your Own Organic Colored Sanding Sugar

sprinkle colored sanding sugar onto your iced cakeAs soon as you’ve got the food coloring in with the sugar, screw the jar lid on and shake, shake, shake it like a Polaroid picture. It will take several seconds for the food coloring to distribute across all the sugar, and when it has, you can choose to add more color, or a second color.

The sugar can be stored right in the glass jar that you used to make it, directly on the pantry shelf for its entire shelf-life. Over time, it will stick together a little in the jar, just like brown sugar does (and for much the same reason), but a bang on the counter or a quick stir will easily un-clump it again.

To use, sprinkle the sugar directly on any iced or sticky surface. We use our colored sugar on top of cream cheese for cakes and cookies that are deliciously sweet and brightly colored but that contain no artificial colorants.

2 thoughts on “How-to: Make Your Own Organic Colored Sanding Sugar”

  1. I had to say thank you for your tutuorial on DIY resuable stickers. It inspired me to take it a step further to DIY reusuable crafts. For example, I apply the glue to my Letter Craft Foam Letter P. Allow to dry. We then stuck on petals from a flower. when the petals wither, remove and apply to letter W. Then, we can use the P for pebbles and popcorn.

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  2. If you want organic food color, check out

    We have been using these for years.

    Thank you for this post regarding how to make your own sanding sugar. I was SO excited to have finally found organic sanding sugar online and was about to pay $17 plus shipping for it for several different colors in 2oz bags. But I don’t really need all of that. So I’m glad I found your article. Now I can just make it as I need it. Will stay fresh, and not be stuck with colors I don’t need. Thank you!!!!

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