Make your own colored sugars and save yourself a lot of money over the holiday season. This recipe is easy and can be kept in the jars for months.

Sue
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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 1 servings
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Directions

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  • Place sugar into a jar with a tight fitting lid. Drip the food coloring onto the sugar, close the lid, and shake vigorously for about 1 minute. Adjust color with additional food coloring and repeat if the color is too light.

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Nutrition Facts

774 calories; 0 g total fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 0 mg sodium. 200 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
12/06/2007
I found adding a few drops of water to paste color rather than liquid food coloring resulted in brighter colors and was easier to spread evenly thoughout the sugar. I put the sugar in a ziploc bag and add a few drops of the diluted coloring. I shake and then use a rolling pin to spread the color throughout the sugar. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/14/2012
I made 4 different basic colors for Christmas cookies. It's easy to do but it has the consitancy of Moon Sand. It never completely dries out. Since it's also regular sugar the crystals are very fine so you have to put more on for it show on frosted cookies. I used some old bottles of Spices I had in my pantry to shake it on. Read More
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175 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 154
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
12/06/2007
I found adding a few drops of water to paste color rather than liquid food coloring resulted in brighter colors and was easier to spread evenly thoughout the sugar. I put the sugar in a ziploc bag and add a few drops of the diluted coloring. I shake and then use a rolling pin to spread the color throughout the sugar. Read More
(443)
Rating: 4 stars
12/06/2007
I found adding a few drops of water to paste color rather than liquid food coloring resulted in brighter colors and was easier to spread evenly thoughout the sugar. I put the sugar in a ziploc bag and add a few drops of the diluted coloring. I shake and then use a rolling pin to spread the color throughout the sugar. Read More
(443)
Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2007
Awesome idea!! I had to use 5 drops of food coloring for about 1/3 cup of sugar. I spread the sugar on aluminum foil overnight to dry that way you can just fold the foil in half and pour it right into a jar or bag. Thanks I'll never buy silly colored sugar again! This sugar is quite pretty and looks like glitter on the cookies. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2007
Great Idea and very easy! I also had a small problem with moisture but I just spread it on a plate to dry for an hour or so and it was fine. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2007
So simple...My kids really enjoyed making this. I bought cheap salt & Pepper shakers from the dollar store and put the sugar in them to make it easier for decorating holiday cookies. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2010
Great idea - I definitely needed this for cut out cookies. You can make as little or as much as you need and mix as many colors as you can come up with. I highly recommend going to the dollar store and getting small cheap containers. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/10/2005
This is such an excellent way to make colored sugar.I just added a little more color as needed. I needed colored sugar to sprinkle on my heart shaped cookies for Valentine's and didn't want to run out to the store to buy colored sugar. It's inexpensive and works really well. Whatever sugar I had left over I would just use in my coffee or tea or in anything that the color wouldn't matter. I even used the left over surgar when making my home made pasta suace. Thank you so much! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2007
This deserves 5 stars for being so fast and cheap. A small packet of coloured sugar costs about 6. here and you get about 1/4 cup worth. Now I can make my own and any amount I wish quick and easy. It does need to be put to dry out a little after first colouring it though But it is worth it. Thanks Sue! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2011
I first tried this with regular granulated sugar and storebrand liquid food coloring drops. Disappointing dull & tired colors. Tried again with granulated sugar and gel food color and sha-ZAM! Now that's the bold color I was looking for. I'd take the tip of a butterknife to dip into the gel color then wipe the knife off on the inside of a Ziploc bag. Add sugar then mash it around. Then I tried the gel color with sparkling sugar and that was just beautiful. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2003
We took empty spice bottles and made a rainbow of colors and the kids loved it! What a great idea and money saver..... was doubtful at first but it turned out great! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/14/2012
I made 4 different basic colors for Christmas cookies. It's easy to do but it has the consitancy of Moon Sand. It never completely dries out. Since it's also regular sugar the crystals are very fine so you have to put more on for it show on frosted cookies. I used some old bottles of Spices I had in my pantry to shake it on. Read More
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