What Is Sanding Sugar?

Updated February 21, 2017

Sanding sugar is a type of confectionery ingredient used in baking. It is sweet like other types of sugar, but coarser.


The granules of sanding sugar are roughly four times the size of those in granulated sugar, according to the Practically Edible Food Encyclopedia.


Sanding sugar has a sparkling appearance that reflects light, reports the Cook's Thesaurus.


To make sanding sugar, a sugary syrup is dried, then screened into tiny pieces and coloured.


Sanding sugar can be plain or a white-grey colour, but is also available in many different vibrant and pastel colours.


Sanding sugar is used as a decorative element on cookies and other baked goods as well as on candy.

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