I will be the first person to admit…fairy sugar? What does one even use that for?
But look how pretty
In all seriousness, this fun treat actually makes a perfect homemade gift. Fruited sugars are lovely aromatics that can be sprinkled on top of baked goods (as pictured) or stirred into tea for a lovely flavor boost. As a bonus, they’re colored entirely with natural, whole food ingredients.
You won’t believe how easy they are to whip together! Two ingredients, a food processor, and three minutes of your times are all ya need. Quickest gift ever?
The specific flavors are completely up to you; they simply depend on what kind of freeze-dried fruit you purchase. I scooped up mango, blueberry, and raspberry from Trader Joe’s, which were fairly affordable 1.6 oz bags.
Not all sugar is vegan, so be sure to check the label (cane sugar can be processed with bone char). You will want some kind of white sugar here, as coconut is much too dark to yield the vibrant colors.
I am gifting my sugars for the winter holidays, but I could see these working at any time of year. Feel free to experiment with other fruits and let me know how they turn out! I love hearing about your creations on @garlic_head.
- 3 cups white sugar, divided
- 3 bags freeze-dried fruit of choice (mine were 1.6 oz each)
- Pour one cup of sugar into the bowl of your food processor. Add entire bag of freeze dried fruit and pulse until nicely combined. Be careful not to process too much; you don’t want powdered sugar!
- Pour food processor contents into a small bowl and add a tiny drop of water (1/8 tsp). Using your hands, combine sugar and water thoroughly. Let mixture dry on a parchment-lined baking sheet for 1 hour. Repeat with the rest of sugars and fruit. Store final product in glass jars until ready to use.