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TIP OF THE DAY: Ways To Use Sparkling Sugar


Red sparkling sugar. Photo courtesy King
Arthur Flour.
  Thanksgiving: delicious, but over. Now on to Christmas.

We like to add a sprinkle of “Christmas dust” to holiday foods and beverages: red and green sparkling sugars. We switch to silver sparkling sugar for the week between Christmas and New Year’s.

Interchangeable is sanding sugar, which is a finer grind than sparkling sugar. Both add a sparkle flavor and color to cookies and other baked goods and desserts; and the crystals, much larger than table sugar, do not dissolve when subjected to heat.

Some people also refer to it as decorating sugar or pearl sugar; but as you can see in our Sugar Glossary, those are slightly different).

What do we do with it? We add a pinch of holiday garnish.

 
SPARKLING SUGAR ON DRINKS

  • Hot chocolate: Sprinkle atop the whipped cream.
  • Coffee or tea: Sprinkle atop the milk (milk is required to highlight the sugar).
  • Glass rimmer: For sweet cocktails, iced tea, lemonade, etc.
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    SPARKLING SUGAR ON FOOD

  • Cake: Decorate the frosting.
  • Cookies: Cut out sugar cookies or shortbread and press both sides into sparkling sugar. For drop cookies, roll cookie dough into balls and roll in sparkling sugar.
  • Ice cream: on top of plain ice cream, or on the whipped cream of sundaes.
  • Muffins: Sprinkle on top prior to baking.
  • Pies and scones: Brush pie crust with milk and sprinkle heavily with sparkling sugar. Do the same with scones or sweet biscuits.
  • Plate garnish: Sprinkle the sugar on a plate before adding any sweet food.
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    Green sparkling sugar. Photo courtesy King Arthur Flour.
  • Yeast breads and sweet focaccia: Sprinkle with sparkling sugar just before placing in the oven.
  • Whipped cream: Add a sparkle wherever there’s whipped cream.
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    Sparkling sugar is available in enough colors for any occasion. We buy ours at KingArthurFlour.com and Wilton.com. If you have other holiday suggestions, let us know!

      

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