How to Color Sugar Crystals

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How to Color Sugar Crystals
Coloured sugar adds a festive touch to many desserts. (Purple Sugar Crystals image by chas53 from

Coloured sugar crystals make a sweet treat by themselves or dusted on top of a special cake or pastry. Buying coloured sugar crystals at the grocery store, however, can be expensive. By making your own coloured sugar crystals you not only save money, but you can also create the exact colours you want. Before you get started, note that the process takes about a week to finish.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Non-stick pan
  • Water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • Metal spoon
  • Food colouring
  • Baking tray
  • Waxed paper
  • Rubber mallet

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  1. 1

    Heat four cups of water in a non-stick saucepan. Heat the water at a medium-high heat until it boils.

  2. 2

    Add two cups of sugar to the water, a tablespoon at a time. Stir the sugar solution in between spoonfuls. Stir until the all the sugar is added and the clear sugar solution is boiling.

  3. 3

    Add two to three drops of food colouring to the liquid. Stir it well.

  4. 4

    Turn off the heat and remove the pot from the burner. Pour the sugar solution onto a baking tray lined with waxed paper.

  5. 5

    Allow the sugar solution to set for seven days.

  6. 6

    Cover the sugar candy with a sheet of waxed paper. Hammer the candy lightly with a rubber mallet to break it back into small crystals.

Tips and warnings

  • Separate batches of sugar solution and add different food colours to the batches.
  • Store your homemade sugar crystals in an airtight jar, and place them in a cool, dark cabinet or the refrigerator.
  • Give coloured sugar crystals as tasty gifts by wrapping them in a cellophane bag. Tie them up with some pretty ribbon and you have a thoughtful gift.

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