The Easy Way to Make Colored Sugar

With so many holidays coming up and the kids being out of school for mid winter recess and soon spring break, this little craft is a quick easy one to have up your sleeve! Making colored sugar is so easy, depending on if you want to make sugar for an upcoming St Patrick’s Day treat (green) or several colors for  Easter, this recipe is sure to work. Best of all, if you have a little chef that likes to help out in the kitchen, this is a perfect DIY that they can help you with. Why do it yourself? Well, if you have sugar and food coloring laying around in the house, why not? The store bought stuff can be expensive, especially if you only need a couple of teaspoons.

I’m going to walk you through making green sugar since St Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. If you want to see my green sugar in action as the icing on a yummy treat, check out my Shamrock Shake copycat, the St Paddy’s Day Minty Shake. Though simple, don’t be fooled – a colored sugar can really make a special treat dazzle.


1/2 cup of white sugar

food coloring (see the box to make the color you desire, I used neon green)


Spread the sugar out in a shallow bowl, then drop food coloring in 2 drops at a time. after each 2 drops, stir the color into the sugar with a spoon. You can use your fingers as well as you’ll need to really work the sugar until you start to see the color you desire. I used 8 drops of the neon food coloring to get the color pictured above and in the St Paddy’s Day Minty Shake. Watch out for the chunks of color that form, work them out with the spoon or your fingers so that the sugar doesn’t clump.

Because the food coloring is wet, you’ll need to set it aside for about an hour to make sure that it is dry to use for whatever craft or dessert you are creating. Next, store your sugar in an airtight container so that it stays loose and fresh.


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5 Responses to The Easy Way to Make Colored Sugar
  1. […] green sugar to garnish (optional, make your own green sugar recipe) […]

  2. Jamie
    February 19, 2013 | 10:24 pm

    so simple =)

    • Ghada V
      Twitter: OMGhada
      February 21, 2013 | 8:26 pm

      I know right!

  3. Ellen Christian
    February 27, 2013 | 10:15 am

    We colored sugar this year too for our St. Patrick’s Day treats. Very easy to do!
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