If you like to drink coffee and tea this is kind of a fun thing to do to, especially if you are having friends over. Sugar cubes add a fun, decorative element to your entertaining. There are many variations you can try but let's start with a simple white sugar cube.
The only three things you need are sugar, water, and a candy mold.
Not much to it at all. Just simply take 1/2 cup of sugar, add 1/2 teaspoon of water to it and blend them together. I used a magic bullet blender to combine the sugar and water. If you don't have a blender, just use a fork. The consistency should be slightly damp. Pack the sugar in a small candy mold. I got the one above at the local craft store in the candy making section. Here is an example of a candy mold. You can get one sheet for 4 dollars or so. I chose that example so you could see what they look like and also because I could picture the shapes as adorable sugar cubes. There are tons of shapes and styles available to choose from.
Once you have packed the sugar into the molds, let it dry for a couple of hours until the sugar is nice and hard. I took a wire cooling rack and placed it on top of the mold, then carefully flipped it over. The cubes dropped right out onto the rack.
Store them in an airtight container.
Here I made a cinnamon and sugar cube. I used not quite 1/2 cup of sugar plus 2 tablespoons of cinnamon and added 1/2 teaspoon of water.
I also tried coconut sugar and vanilla extract. The coconut sugar needed a little extra drying time.
You can try different flavors of sugar cubes. Just replace the water with the flavor of your choice such as lemon juice or vanilla extract for example. Maple syrup might be tasty. Peppermint extract might be nice for a mint flavored tea. Add some green food coloring for extra pizazz. Your liquid could also be a tea (like chai, for example).
You can serve them in a cute little glass dish with a tiny spoon.
You could mix your colors for a little variation.
Much easier for portion control this way.
These would make a great gift for a tea/coffee lover to go with their drink of choice. Maybe for a special Valentine.
Next week I'll be making some homemade Chai so you have another special warm drink to add your sugar cubes to.
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