For the Fondue and Fabulous Shoes Shower we wanted all different shades of purple and pink sugar for our truffles to sit on. However, when I went to the cake store I was disappointed in the color selection: pink and lavender. I wanted some deeper colors, so I experimented with what has become my new favorite thing: powdered food coloring. Below are the steps to creating the super vibrant colored sugar shown here!
What you will need:
Sugar Crystals - You can use regular sugar, but the sugar crystals you get at a cake store work better - get clear or you can start with a color for a base for really rich colors.
Powdered Food Coloring - This seemed expensive to me when I bought it, but a little goes a long way and I've been using one pack of colors for a few years.
Portion out how much sugar you need and pour into a Tupperware container or Ziplock baggie. I poke a few fork holes in the foil on top of the food coloring to act like shakers.
Add 2-3 shakes of food coloring into the bag with the sugar. Think back to basic color mixing from elementary school to achieve your desired color.
You can always add more color (if it is too light) and sugar (if it is too dark). You can store the sugar in sealed containers just like sprinkles for use later on!
Note: If you aren't plating the sugar right away make sure to re-shake right before use. The coloring can pool at the bottom if you don't shake, giving you uneven color when you pour.
Also an added bonus: As the night went on, the truffles we made melted, and instead of sticking to the plates and making a mess for guests, they just stuck to a layer of sugar giving a nice added "sugar layer" to the bottom of the candies!