Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas and Colored Sugar

I've been so busy these past couple weeks getting ready for Christmas I haven't had much time for blogging.  But I have several blog posts lined up in my mind to get us through the new year at least.  For now, I just want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a wonderful New Year!!

And while you're waiting for more yummy Christmas recipes, here's a quick little post about coloring your own sugar for decorating your holiday cookies and desserts.  (Pictures to come later...)

Coloring your own sugar is super easy.  But why would you do it?  You can just as easily go to the store and buy multiple colors of sugar in little jars.  The Wilton company has some very nice decorating products.  However, sometimes they can be a little pricey.  And if you have nut allergies in your family like I do, you have to read the labels very carefully.  You may not think that sugar or icings or nonpareils have any nut products in them.. But sometimes they are processed in the same facility as other nut products and there's a possibility of cross-contamination.  Depending on the sensitivity of your loved ones nut allergies, you might not want to take the chance even with that.

So here I put about 5 tablespoons in a bowl and pulled out my little food coloring bottles like what you use for dying Easter eggs!  Squeeze several drops of food coloring into the sugar and stir until color is completely distributed.  You may need to add more food coloring to make darker colors.

For the red I put in about 15-20 drops.  For the green, about 10 drops. For the blue and the purple, 5 drops each.  Once the color is thoroughly mixed in, you can use it immediately or store it in a tupperware container, tightly sealed.

When first making the red, I did a little experimenting and put in about 15 drops of red, 5 drops of blue, and a couple drops of pink.  The outcome was a beautiful burgundy color.  So another can create your own signature colors of sugar to match the occasion!

Enjoy!  Merry Christmas!

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