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Topic: coloring sugar with gel/food coloring
hiker_reader 01/03/2011 11:20 PM
I have a couple questions about coloring my own sugar for decorating. I plan to use gel or food coloring, but my main concern is the sugar itself. What kind should I use? Regular white sugar or should I get some "sprinkle" type sugar from the store and color that? Also, is there a place I can buy or order sprinkles and the like that is cheaper than buying the small containers at craft stores (usually Wilton brand)? I like their stuff but I was interested in some other colors.
mmumsie 01/03/2011 11:30 PM
You can color granulated sugar easily by coloring some water with icing color.

The bigger sugar crystals & sanding sugars I get are already pre-colored.
mmumsie 01/03/2011 11:31 PM
I just found white rock sugar. Interested?
hiker_reader 01/03/2011 11:33 PM
Well, I don't mind using regular sugar but I also like the different textures of the "sprinkle" sugar that Wilton has...the smaller and the larger granules. What is rock sugar?
mmumsie 01/04/2011 12:05 AM
Rock sugar is the largest chunks of sugar. Looks like rock salt. The problem with coloring finer sugars, is you'll melt the sugar when liquid/moisture is applies. Bigger is definitely better in this case.
mmumsie 01/04/2011 12:06 AM
I'll add rock sugar to my website tomorrow. Check for it there.
hiker_reader 01/04/2011 12:10 AM
Okay thanks for the tips. I might try the rock sugar and also some of the "clear" sprinkles that Wilton has in the bigger granules to see what I like the best. How much water do you use when you mix the coloring in it?
sweetgrandma 01/04/2011 1:54 PM
The only problem I found when I colored my own sugar was that if the cake sweats the least bit the colors fade onto the cake. It happens with bought colored sugar too but it doesn't seem to be as bad.