Imagine a sprinkle of vanilla strawberry sugar on a biscuit. Imagine basil sugar being used to circle a drink glass. Think of pranking your enemies with chili candy.
Method 1 of 4: Flavoring Sugar with Spices
Step 1. Choose sugar
White sugar usually has a less complex taste than other sugars, so it is suitable as a base for adding new flavors. Brown sugar or raw sugar can also be used, but be prepared for unexpected flavors due to the high content of molasses.
Step 2. Pour one cup (240 ml) of sugar into an airtight container
Pour the sugar into a sealable bag, tupperware container, bottle, or other clean, airtight container. Since this method uses powdered, dry spices, there will be no need for a blender or other tools.
You can easily create several small or large series using the same instructions. Just remember to increase the amount of spices that will be used
Step 3. Add 2 to 10 tablespoons (10 to 50 ml) of the spices
For this method, use dry, ground, or powdered spices (or grind the spices with a spice grinder or mortar. Different spices have different strengths, so you are free to experiment. Initial ranges are given is a great start, from 2 tablespoons (10 ml) for a touch of flavor, to 10 tablespoons (50 ml) for a stronger flavour.
- Cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and nutmeg are frequently used ingredients in desserts, making them great choices to pair with sugar. The ingredients will taste delicious without any additions or in combination with each other.
- Chili sugar is a taste for the non-scared, adding a solid feel to dishes or cocktails.
- Unsweetened cocoa powder, instant coffee, or other flavoring powders can also be added using this method. Try using cup (60 ml) instead, as these ingredients tend to have a less concentrated taste than spices.
Step 4. Mix all ingredients well
Cover the airtight container and mix the sugar and spices together with a whisk. Alternatively, mix using a fork or other tool, but make sure the ingredients are even before closing the container.
Step 5. Leave the sugar overnight or longer before using
Sugar takes time to absorb the surrounding flavors, the flavors will get stronger over the next few days. Since all the ingredients used in this method are dry, you can store this sugar in a jar or sugar holder.
Method 2 of 4: Flavoring Sugar Using Herbs or Grated Oranges
Step 1. Choose a flavor
Herbal leaves or grated lime can be added using this method. Here are some ideas, as well as an approximate amount to use for every 1 cup (240 ml) of sugar:
- Rosemary, dried rosebuds, or dried lavender buds have an aromatic taste. Lavender will produce a very strong aroma. Set aside about 3 tablespoons (45 ml) per cup (240 ml) of sugar.
- Mint leaves make sugar that can be used in cakes and cocktails. Try using cup (120 ml) mint leaves.
- Basil is an unusual taste for sweets, and might go well with lime. Use about 1.5 tablespoons (22 ml)
- Lemons, limes, and oranges, or other citrus fruits can be grated and added to the sugar. Grate the surface of the fruit skin, avoiding the white part of the orange. Use a grater of two for a balanced taste, or several more for a stronger taste.
Step 2. Dry the wet ingredients, then refrigerate
Fresh leaves and orange peel should be dried before adding, to avoid sugar clumping due to moisture. There are several ways to achieve this:
- Sprinkle sugar on a paper towel, smooth it out so it doesn't overlap, and microwave for 30 seconds. Check every now and then, and remove when the herbs have become savory.
- Set the oven to the lowest setting, place the herbs in the pan, and heat for 20 minutes, or until dry. Using the oven on a high setting is not recommended, as there is a risk of scorching the herbs.
- Leave the herbs in place with a light breeze, dry for 8 to 24 hours. Direct sunlight can reduce the taste.
Step 3. Grind the ingredients
The sugar will absorb more quickly if the other ingredients are ground in a spice grinder or coffee grinder. This will also result in a final product with an even color and texture.
- A food processor can also work, but it won't turn the ingredients into a powder completely.
- If you are using dried lavender, you may choose to add the whole flowers to the sugar, and strain the flowers before using the sugar. Lavender flowers (or a spoonful of lavender flowers) can then be used to flavor other sugars before they lose their aroma.
Step 4. Mix the ingredients in one cup of sugar (240 ml)
White granulated sugar is less clumpy than other sugars, making it a great choice for ingredients that contain moisture. Feel free to experiment with other options if you prefer.
Step 5. Store the sugar in an airtight container
The sugar should soak up overnight, and the flavors will continue to be strong for the next few days. Store in a dry place, in an airtight container to protect the sugar from moisture and microorganisms.
Use sugar with grated orange within two weeks
Method 3 of 4: Making a Taste of Sugar With Other Ingredients
Step 1. Use flavor extract
Almond extract, vanilla extract, and fruit extract are simple ways to flavor sugar. Start by adding two to four drops of the extract per cup of sugar (240 ml), as this will concentrate the flavor. Stir thoroughly until the color is even, using a spoon to break up the moist, lumpy parts of the sugar.
Step 2. Add the vanilla stick
Slice the vanilla stalk lengthwise and remove any stickiness, seeds and seeds from the vanilla as much as you can. Stir or mix these ingredients thoroughly with 2 to 4 cups of sugar (480 to 960 ml), depending on how strong you want the flavor to be. Add the vanilla slices and store in an airtight container. Wait at least 48 hours before using, while the flavor builds.
Step 3. Flavor with a bitter cocktail
You would never have thought about sugar alcohol before, but now you will be intrigued by it. Bitter cocktails usually have a strong flavor, so start with two or three tablespoons of sugar (10 to 15 ml) per cup (240 ml), and add more if needed.
Step 4. Grind the frozen fruit
Frozen fruit can be ground in a spice grinder or coffee grinder and then mixed in the sugar by hand. It will also add color to the sugar more than any other flavor.
Method 4 of 4: Using Flavored Sugar
Step 1. Add sugar to the drink
Stir the vanilla sugar or cocoa sugar into the hot milk. Use mint leaves or orange sugar on iced tea or mojitos. Almost any flavored sugar can be used as a cocktail garnish. Rub the rim of the glass with the lemon wedge, then sprinkle the crystal sugar on top.
Step 2. Use it as a dessert
Most of the spices and extracts used to flavor sugar are already used in desserts. Replace regular sugar in cookie recipes, or make the flavors more distinct by adding them to cupcake toppings, rice pudding, or parfaits. Use orange sugar for a sour taste.
Step 3. Make the sugar cubes
Granulated sugar can be formed into rock sugar by adding about 1 tablespoon of water (5 ml) for every cup of sugar (120 ml). Add a little more water or sugar if needed in small amounts, stirring well, until the sugar is slightly moist and thick. Pour into ice trays to make sugar cubes unique, or into silicone molds for normal shapes. Leave at room temperature until hardened (one to eight hours), then transfer to an airtight container.
- If you don't have a mold, you can pour it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cut them into squares (or other shapes), then let them dry.
- You can combine this step with a flavoring step by substituting half the water for an extract or bitter cocktail.
Step 4. Make hard candy
After a few days of going through the absorption process, turn your sugar into candy. Tie the string to the pencil, and place it in a clean glass bottle. Heat the sugar in a saucepan of water to make a syrup, then pour it into a bottle. If you're using a flavor that's larger than powder, you may need to strain the syrup through a sieve as you pour it.
Step 5. Make cotton candy
Making cotton candy even without using a machine is possible, although the process is complicated. If you are using a wet flavoring, give the sugar at least two weeks to dry before using it for cotton candy. You will also need to sift the sugar through a fine sieve to remove any large chunks.
- Make the sugar even more unique by adding a few drops of food coloring.
- Make a label on the sugar bottle by writing the ingredients and the date of manufacture.
- Spice grinder, coffee grinder, food processor or blender
- Microwave or oven (optional)
- Spoon or shaker