Operating in a peanut and tree nut free environment presents a problem when you want to spruce up your creations with edible glitter or sanding sugar. Pretty much everything on the market carries a cross contamination warning for peanuts and tree nuts. So what’s a girl to do? Make her own, of course! I’ve got a project coming up and needed some purple sanding sugar so I did a little research on-line and discovered how easy it is to make your own so I decided to give it a go. There is a great tutorial on how to make the sanding sugar at Sweet Sugar Belle’s blog so I won’t duplicate her effort. She does outstanding work on her cookies and her tutorials are very helpful so be sure to spend some time there poking around.
In the tutorial, Sugar Belle suggests using clear sanding sugar as the base for your color. Now, the only peanut and tree nut free sanding sugar I’ve been able to locate is produced by AmeriColor and I didn’t have time to place an order and wait for the sugar to arrive so I dug around a little more on-line. I ran across a couple of sites (like this one) that suggest you can use a sugar with a larger grain (like organic sugar) as your base. Hey, we use organic sugar so I had that on hand….time to try it and see if it would really work. I learned from reading Sweet Sugar Belle’s blog that the end result wouldn’t be quite as sparkly as store-bought and she was starting out with sanding sugar, which is more sparkly than organic sugar, so I decided to try adding some Wilton Pearl Dust to see if that would kick up the sparkle factor.
After mixing the ingredients in a ziplock bag (I ended up adding 1/4 tsp cornstarch), here are the results:
It is hard to see in the picture, but it has a little sparkle to it, thanks to the Pearl Dust (which is peanut and tree nut free, yay!). Here is a comparison to some store-bought sanding sugar:
Not too bad! You’ll get to see it on some cookies in the next few days so we’ll see how it compares in actual use.