Learning how to tint sugar different colors lets you take your baked goods and treats to a whole new level. I’ve always loved using the colored sugars but I hated spending so much money on them at the craft stores. I knew there had to be a better way and was thrilled to discover that it’s possible to learn how to tint sugar different colors yourself. Since Mardis Gras begins February 12th this year, now is the perfect time to learn how to tint sugar purple, green and yellow. Purple, green, and gold are the traditional Mardis Gras colors. The meanings of these colors are purple for justice, green for faith and gold for power.
How to tint sugar
- White granulated sugar
- Food coloring
- Plastic baggies
- Measure the sugar into a plastic baggie.
- Add a few drops of food coloring and mix well in the bag. You will need to experiment with red and blue food coloring to get the right shade of purple unless you can find purple food coloring somewhere. Do not add so much food coloring that the sugar is wet.
Once you have tinted your sugar to the colors you want, you can then use it in a variety of different types of recipes. Tinted sugar works wonderfully to top cupcakes, decorate sugar cookies, sprinkle on ice cream or to make chocolate covered pretzels like I made.
Mardis Gras Pretzels
- Pretzel Rods
- Tinted sugar in purple, green and yellow
- White chocolate chips
- Melt the white chocolate chips slowly over a double boiler following manufacturer’s directions.
- Dip the pretzel rods into the melted white chocolate or drizzle the white chocolate over the top using a spoon.
- While the melted chocolate is still wet, sprinkle the Mardis Gras colored tinted sugar over the top and let it cool completely.
You can use all one color tinted sugar on each pretzel or sprinkle a little bit of each color on ever pretzel. Now that you have learned how to tint sugar different colors, you can use these same directions for any holiday by changing the colors.