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.

Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.


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