How To Make Coloured Sugar

Coloured sugar is so pretty, isn’t it? It has the power to transform plain cookies and cupcakes into edible art!… Unfortunately most coloured sugars that I’ve found contain confectioner’s glaze or shellac, which is a resin secreted by the female Lac insect after she consumes tree bark. So I don’t buy them.

The good news is that you can easily make your own coloured sugar in just minutes! This is not just a win for the Lac bugs, but for you too. By making your own, you save yourself from having to store all those partially used containers. I used to have tons of partially used containers of different coloured sugars (seeming to never need the same colour twice), now there’s no more leftovers hanging around. Also, this method works with natural food colourings too (for natural food colouring, I like India Tree). So you can still have decorative treats, even if you’re avoiding artificial food colours!

Are you ready to colour some sugar? Let me show you how.


First, add 1 drop of food colouring to 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar.


Start stirring….


I promise, this is going to work… Keep stirring….


See! It’s coming together… Keep stirring just a little bit longer….


Voilà, coloured sugar! Wasn’t that easy?!



DIY Coloured Sugar

Recipe Type: garnish
Makes: 1 tablespoon

How To Make Coloured Sugar

Making your own coloured sugar is a fun and easy way to colour your creations!


  • 1 tbsp Granulated Sugar
  • 1 drop Food Colouring 1



Combine sugar and food colour in a dish. Stir until the colour has evenly coated the sugar. Stir in additional colour (1 drop at a time) until the desired shade is reached.

Spread the coloured sugar into a thin layer on a plate or baking sheet (breaking up any lumps that may have formed), and allow to dry for 15 – 20 minutes.

Your sugars now read to be used.


1. Start with 1 drop-off food colour, adding additional colour if needed.
– If you are blending colours (e.g. blue + yellow = green) mix together the colours first, then add and stir in 1 tablespoon of sugar for each drop of colour used.
– Alternately, colour can be blended into sugar by sealing them in a plastic and rubbing them together with your fingers.







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