What Is Sanding Sugar?

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

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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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