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How to Make Flavored Sugar Cubes

Claudia has been writing recipes online for many years. She enjoys coming up with unique and tasty dishes, especially sweet treats.

Lemon and Orange Flavored Sugar Cubes

Lemon and Orange Flavored Sugar Cubes

I recently hosted a tea party for a friend who had retired. She did not want a big party, just a few friends enjoying themselves at a low-key event.

Trying to come up with little touches that would make the afternoon special, I decided to add flavored sugar cubes. I thought they would look lovely on a table filled with cakes, cookies and tea.

You don't see sugar cubes very often anymore. When I was a kid, I always looked forward to going to a nice restaurant because I knew that there'd be a bowl of them on the table, and that I was going to get a sweet treat at the end of the meal.

I use natural flavoring when making these. For these cubes, I used orange and lemon flavors. Both are delicious in tea, and the orange is especially awesome in a cup of coffee.

Flavored sugar cubes are incredibly easy to make. They can be made in any shape, color or flavor, and add a unique homemade touch to any event. Just follow these simple instructions.

Supplies needed for the sugar cubes.

Supplies needed for the sugar cubes.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon water
  • Liquid flavoring (I use hard candy flavoring since it is stronger than some extracts)
  • Food color ( I use the gel type as it produces really vibrant colors without adding too much liquid to the mixture)
  • Candy molds (preferably shallow)

Depending on the size of your mold, this recipe makes about 15 sugar cubes. It can easily be doubled.

Instructions:

  1. Pour 1/2 cup of sugar into a measuring cup or small bowl.
  2. Add 1/2 tablespoon of water to the sugar.
  3. Add flavoring of your choice. A little goes a long way, so add slowly and taste. I add 1/8 teaspoon at a time.
  4. Add food coloring and mix in thoroughly. I like to use gel food coloring. You won't need much of it. I only dipped my fork about 1/8 of an inch into the coloring and got this bright yellow. One thing to keep in mind about the coloring is that as the sugar cubes dry, the color get lighter.
  5. Mix completely. The mixture should be the consistency of slightly wet sand. It won't set well if it is too dry, so add a drop of water at a time to moisten if needed.
  6. Press mixture into mold.

Tips for Using Your Candy Mold

Candy molds from craft or baking stores are perfect for this project. Use ones that are not too deep or the cubes will take a long time to dry.

  • Spoon some of the sugar into each shape and press firmly into the mold. Use adequate pressure and make sure that the shape is completely filled. I just use a clean finger to do this, but you can also use the back of a spoon or another object.
  • Use a slightly damp paper towel or clean paint brush to wipe off any excess sugar around the shapes.
  • Set aside to dry. I leave my molds out overnight so the cubes are nice and hard when I remove them.
  • Once they are out of the mold, gently clean off the edges.
  • Serve immediately or store in an airtight container.

Be careful when taking the cubes out of the molds. While they are fairly hard when done, they can break if not handled gently. My daughter loves this part because she gets to sample the ones that break.

Pour 1/2 cup of sugar into a measuring cup or small bowl.

Pour 1/2 cup of sugar into a measuring cup or small bowl.

Add 1/2 tablespoon of water to the sugar.

Add 1/2 tablespoon of water to the sugar.

Add flavoring of your choice.

Add flavoring of your choice.

Mix food coloring in thoroughly.

Mix food coloring in thoroughly.

Sugar pressed into mold

Sugar pressed into mold

Finished sugar cubes that still need the edges brushed off.

Finished sugar cubes that still need the edges brushed off.

My friend loved her retirement party and the flavored sugar cubes were a hit. Like some of the other guests, she had not seen them in many years and remembered them fondly. As a keepsake, I wrapped up the remaining cubes in a pretty box and gave them to her.

For an added touch of elegance at your next special occasion, try making sugar cubes. They are sure to be a hit.

Suggested Flavors

Lemon

Banana

Lime

Rum

Orange

Coconut

Raspberry

Cherry

Chocolate

Rosewater

Ginger

Peppermint

Cinnamon

Egg Nog

Maple

Lavender

Pumpkin Pie Spice

Grape

Vanilla

Almond

Homemade sugar cubes

Homemade sugar cubes

© 2013 Claudia Mitchell

Comments

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 18, 2019:

Perhaps look for the flavorings in your local craft store or grocery store. You can also find them online.

aliciaprocell@icloud.com on August 14, 2019:

New to this craft. Where do you obtain the natural flavorings if not using extracts and the gel food coloring? Thanks

K. Keane on August 27, 2017:

What can you do with flavored sugar cubes. My daughter is having a winter wedding and I like the look of colored and flavored sugarcubes.Do you addthem to hot water?

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 13, 2015:

Thanks so much Jill. Sorry it took me a while to respond, I've been on vacation and trying to catch up with life! I agree, these would be so pretty on a Valentine's Day table. Have a great day!

Jill Spencer from United States on August 03, 2015:

If I gave teas these days, I'd try these now. As it is, these would be sweet for Valentine's Day. Thanks for posting. (Btw, the hub is gorgeous.)

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 16, 2014:

Thanks so much for reading and commenting Rota - I appreciate your kind comments!

Rota on October 12, 2014:

What attractive photos you have in this hub. Enjoyed the tone of your writing as well.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 22, 2014:

Hi peachpurple - These are really easy to do with no gelatin needed. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on January 22, 2014:

i thought you need jellies to make this sugar cubes. Looks easy and beautiful photos

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 20, 2014:

Thank you Marina7. I appreciate it.

Marina from Clarksville TN on January 19, 2014:

Nice article.

Traci Ruffner from Raleigh, North Carolina on January 19, 2014:

I have memories of going to my dad's office as a little kid and helping myself to sugar cubes from the coffee station. Lol

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 19, 2014:

Hi DzyMsLizzy - As a child I always loved sugar cubes at a restaurant. They made it feel so fancy. I think that is why a lot of people enjoyed this project, especially those of us who remember sugar cubes. I'm glad they still sell them in the stores. Thanks so much for stopping by and for all of your support.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 19, 2014:

Thanks Traci Ruffner. Glad you enjoyed the hub.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 19, 2014:

I appreciate it greatstuff! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 19, 2014:

Thanks so much prokidwriter! Have a great day!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 19, 2014:

Thanks so much for all of the support Kathryn! I appreciate it. My husband has his family reunion this summer and I was thinking about making red, white and blue stars. Just not sure how sugar cubes fit into a picnic, but I guess I could make them as little table favors. Have a great Sunday.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 19, 2014:

Your comments are so kind Faith Reaper. Thank you so much and I'm glad you liked the hub. You are right, these do add a special touch. Thanks for sharing too.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on January 18, 2014:

Congrats on HOTD!

I do remember sugar cubes in restaurants. I suppose the board of health and new regulations along those lines are why you never see them anymore. However, you can still buy boxes of them in the grocery store.

That said, these delightful colored and flavored ones are so much nicer to look at! Loved the easy instructions and great photos!

Voted up, interesting, useful and pinned.

Traci Ruffner from Raleigh, North Carolina on January 18, 2014:

Those look delicious =)

Mazlan from Malaysia on January 18, 2014:

Congrats on another HOTD award!

This is a great idea for any occasion and it looks easy to make!

KA Hanna from America's Finest City on January 18, 2014:

This is an awesome hub! Congratulations on HOTD!

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on January 18, 2014:

Congrats on HOTD!

What a clever idea. I will definitely use this at some point. I love that any flavor or color can be used. So many choices of what occasion to use this for!

Voted up, pinned and shared on Facebook.

Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a great weekend.

~ Kathryn

Faith Reaper from southern USA on January 18, 2014:

Love sugar cubes! Congrats on the HOTD! They look so colorful and delicious. A special touch at any occasion for sure.

Up and more and sharing.

Blessings, Faith Reaper

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 18, 2014:

Hi Cynthianne - I have never tried lighting sugar cubes on fire. Someone else mentioned that as well. I might have to try that when it's warmer and we can do it outside. I also never thought of using cubes to keep track of how much sugar I use. That's a great idea. Thanks so much for commenting and reading!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 18, 2014:

SMD2012 - Thanks so much. I think people are surprised when they find out how easy they are. Fun too, especially with all the molds available out there for shapes. I appreciate your kind remarks.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 18, 2014:

Thanks so much for the angels and the pin pstraubie! Thanks also for the nice remarks. I always love it when you come by for a visit. Have a great rest of the weekend.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 18, 2014:

I love flavored butters. That and some of these would really impress the guests!. I've never lit fire cubes on fire. Hmmmm.Interesting. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day.

Cynthianne Neighbors on January 18, 2014:

I love this idea!! I use sugar cubes so I can keep track of how much sugar I put in my tea or coffee. I like the suggestion of rum or mint. Those are my two favorite flavors. I imagine it would work just fine. Have you ever tried pouring artificial flavoring over a store bought sugar cube, then lighting it on fire? Fun! LOL Thanks for the good hub.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 18, 2014:

Hi DreamerMeg - I'm so glad you liked this project. Thanks for letting me know.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 18, 2014:

Thank you very much WiccanSage. My parents live in a retirement community and these go over well when she has company. I make her some sometimes. I really love the orange in tea or coffee. It was nice of you to stop by to read and comment.

Sally Hayes on January 18, 2014:

Love this! No wonder it won HOTD! Congratulations! I didn't realize how easy it would be to make these. Pinned! Thanks for sharing your sweet sugar cube recipes!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on January 18, 2014:

Of course this HAS to be YOU...You are so clever. And of course I have bookmarked this and will be giving it a try.

I always enjoy the surprises you share with us!!!

Angels are on the way today ps Pinned

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 18, 2014:

Thanks so much for the share Solaras. I appreciate it. Thanks also for reading and commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 18, 2014:

Hi Bill - You are always there showing your support for me and my hubs. I really appreciate it. It was nice to get this shout out today. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend. I'm guessing you'll be pulling for the Seahawks tomorrow!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 18, 2014:

Thanks for the pin Rtalloni! I appreciate it and thanks for the kind remarks too. Have a great day.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 18, 2014:

cclitgirl - So glad you liked the hub and came by to comment. These sugar shapes make a nice surprise for most guests. I know I don't really see sugar cubes that much anymore. Thanks for reading.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 18, 2014:

Hi Daisy - Many thanks for stopping by to comment and for all of your support. I really appreciate it and I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 18, 2014:

Thanks a beautiful mess! Glad you liked the hub and that you stopped by to read.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 18, 2014:

Thank you so much Marcy. They really do add that unique touch to a special event or a nice homemade gift for someone. It was a nice surprise to get this today. I'm glad you stopped by to read.

Virginia Kearney from United States on January 18, 2014:

Live this idea. I have a Hub about flavoring butter for a party. This is a great additional idea. Voted up and pinned. By the way, I actually have some sugar cubes in my cupboard which my girls wanted me to buy so they could practice putting them on fire for crepes. Fire flavored sugar cubes? Could be fun!

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on January 18, 2014:

What a fantastic idea! Those look lovely.

Mackenzie Sage Wright on January 18, 2014:

Those are awesome, great for any party. And so dang cute! I can think of all kinds of flavor combinations that would taste so good in different types of tea. Nice work, and congrats on winning the Hub of the Day! Well desserved!

Barbara Fitzgerald from Georgia on January 18, 2014:

Great hub - happy to share it on FB!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 18, 2014:

I love it when my friends get HOTD....plus, you are a good writer which gives me hope that other good writers will be recognized one day. Way to go my friend. I'm still waiting for my first one. LOL I think I have a long wait ahead of me.

RTalloni on January 18, 2014:

Stopping back by to say congrats on your Hub of the Day award! Pinning to my Ways w/ Food: Dressings/Drinks/Sauces board.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on January 18, 2014:

Congrats on a well-deserved HOTD! This hub is laid out well, beautiful images, and I'd never heard of these before, but what a fun thing to try next time I have people over. Bravo!

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on January 18, 2014:

Glimmer,

Congratulations on having another HubPages Hub of the Day! Your flavored sugar cubes will look great on any party table.

Alex Rose from Virginia on January 18, 2014:

This is great! Voting up and saving for later!

Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on January 18, 2014:

Beautiful! Would be great for weddings, baby showers, or Valentines parties! They look so easy, too. Congrats on a great HOTD!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 18, 2014:

I really appreciate all of your support Rebecca. Thanks for stopping by. I think they'd be lovely in white at a wedding. Maybe even white and the coordinating colors of a wedding. They can also be made well ahead of time so the bride wouldn't have to worry about yet another item on her to do list. Have a lovely day and thanks again.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 18, 2014:

Thanks so much for sharing Au fait. They are really easy and just add such a special touch to special events. There are so many molds available at craft/baking stores that these could be made for any occasion too. Have a great weekend.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on January 18, 2014:

Nice! I have never seen anything like this before. They surely would be elegant just left white for a wedding too. Congratulations!

C E Clark from North Texas on January 18, 2014:

So pretty! And easy to make too. This idea is definitely a keeper. Voted up, BAU and will share!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 20, 2013:

Thanks so much pstraubie. At this time of year I'm thinking peppermint flavored in christmas shaped molds. They would be fun to include in that basket of goodies. Many thanks for the support and for the angels. Hope you are doing well.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 20, 2013:

What a perfect little sweet treat to add to a basket of goodies as a gift. Thanks for sharing.

Shared and pinned.

Angels and on the way to you this morning ps

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 03, 2013:

Thank you carter06. They are such a fun addition to a special table setting. So glad you liked the hub and thanks for the support.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 03, 2013:

Thanks so much Suzie! I appreciate all of the support. I am sure you could use ice cube trays, but it would take a lot longer to dry and may be harder to get out. Another option is miniature cookie cutters. Cut out shapes directly on the drying tray. Have a great day.

Mary from Cronulla NSW on October 01, 2013:

Hey these are adorable aren't they..what a super great idea! & such a unique touch for a tea party..good job glimmer twin for such creativity..Voted UAB shared & pinned..

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on October 01, 2013:

Hi GTF,

Superb! Love your creativity! What a cool idea and yours look so good. Definitely making these up and love your flavor ideas. Could you use ice cube trays do you think as i have no candy molds? Awesome recipe as always with great presentation!

Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, shared and pinned!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 23, 2013:

Thanks so much lesliebyars! It always amazed me to and maybe that is why it was so much fun to eat them. You are right the possibilities are definitely endless on this one.

lesliebyars on September 21, 2013:

I remember eating sugar cubes as a child and being amazed at how the sugar stayed together in a nice cube. This is a great recipe "secret" and I thank you for sharing it. I voted interesting and I posted it to my pinterest and facebook pages. The possibilities look endless with all of the molds that you can buy as well as all of the flavors of oils and colors. Just too neat!!

Thanks again!!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 19, 2013:

Many thanks for the support teaches. It is fun to see how much people get a kick out of these things. If my grandmother was alive, she would get a kick out of them. She always laughed when I would eat them as a after dinner treat. Glad you enjoyed the hub.

Dianna Mendez on September 18, 2013:

This is such a pretty hub post. I would love these for my next tea with friends. This would be the highlight of the conversation. Wonderful idea and voted up++

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 14, 2013:

I enjoyed a cup of coffee this morning with 2 of the orange ones. It was really good aviannovice. I appreciate you reading and commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 14, 2013:

Hi Thelma - I definitely think they would be great a children's party. I know my daughter loves them. They would be great for a theme party. Thanks for the support.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 14, 2013:

Eddy - Glad you liked the hub. Thanks for stopping by and reading.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 14, 2013:

Thanks RTalloni! I think that they would jazz up any party and probably disappear quickly. They are like candy.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 14, 2013:

Hi epbooks - I have seen boxes of sugar cubes, but passed on buying them because I really don't need a whole box of them. With this method, they are prettier and there are not that many of them. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 14, 2013:

I hope you try them soon ChrisLingChen. I bet you'll enjoy them. Thanks for stopping by.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 14, 2013:

Hi Stephanie - I agree that these would be lovely at a wedding. Maybe even as little favors. They would also be a hit at a girls tea party. Thanks so much for reading and sharing.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 14, 2013:

Thanks emma07 - I appreciate it.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 14, 2013:

ChitrangadaSharan - I hope you will get a chance to try these. They really are easy and delicious. They also brighten any table. Thanks so much for commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 14, 2013:

Hi Bobbi - I bet your Aunt will enjoy them. There is something a little nostalgic about them that I love. Thanks for reading and commenting. I appreciate it.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 14, 2013:

Thanks so much Heather! I hope you like them.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 14, 2013:

Thanks for all of the support Bill. I know in Europe it is still somewhat common to see sugar cubes, but around here they have disappeared.Glad you enjoyed the hub.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 14, 2013:

Hi Sunshine! I love these too and I am smiling at the fact that they bring back memories to people. Thanks for reading and commenting. I hope you give them a try.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on September 14, 2013:

I really like these, as well as your suggestion to use orange in a cup of coffee.

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on September 13, 2013:

This is great for childrens party. I would love to try this. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and pinned for later use.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 13, 2013:

Thanks Freezeframe - I love any excuse for a party so why not sugar cubes. Glad you liked the hub and I appreciate the comments.

Eiddwen from Wales on September 13, 2013:

Mmm interesting and very useful.

Thanks for sharing.

Eddy.

RTalloni on September 12, 2013:

Fun stuff for parties! Thanks for sharing your method of making them with us. :)

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on September 12, 2013:

I used to love sugar cubes as a kid, and then I never saw them in the stores...until recently. I was so excited to buy them. This hub presents such a great idea. I love it!

ChrisLingCheng on September 12, 2013:

Great hub! Voted up and useful. Will be making this soon.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on September 12, 2013:

How pretty these are! I'd love to make some of these flavored and colored sugar cubes for a tea party for my friends or granddaughters! Wouldn't these be a pretty addition at a wedding? Voted up and pinned!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 12, 2013:

Thanks so much CrafttotheCore! It's fun how sentimental people are about sugar cubes (me included). Glad you enjoyed the hub and hope you give them a try some time.

SABRINA SABAH from DHAKA, BANGLADESH on September 12, 2013:

Looks Gorgeous !!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 12, 2013:

These look so delicious!

I have always wanted to make these colourful sugar cubes, but did not know how. Thanks for sharing this step by step instructions, with helpful pictures.

Voted up and pinned!

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on September 11, 2013:

Hi,

I always enjoyed these but never thought about making them, until now.

What a great hub and thanks for sharing and I will tell my 88 year old Aunt Dora about it.

Bobbi Purvis

Heather from Arizona on September 11, 2013:

These came out gorgeous! What a neat idea. I'm going to have to try this. Voted up and pinned :)

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on September 11, 2013:

Hi Glimmer. I do remember sugar cubes, sure brings back memories. What a great idea for any occasion. Great hub with cleat, easy to follow directions. Great job. Voted up, shared, etc...

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 11, 2013:

FlourishAnyway - I think roses would be perfect for a bridal shower. Everyone loves those special little touches at parties like that. I know I do. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 11, 2013:

Ooh Jackie - I think that the rum flavoring would be delicious in coffee on a cold winter's day. Glad you enjoyed the hub and enjoy your sugar cubes!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 11, 2013:

Hi Sharkye11 - It's nice to know that some places still serve sugar cubes. I have not seen them around here for years and miss them. Pumpkins would be so cute at Halloween or Thanksgiving. I appreciate all of the support and hope they are a hit at your Halloween party.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 11, 2013:

Hi Bill - I have always had a soft spot for sugar cubes. Whenever I visited my grandparents we went to restaurants that had them and it was always such a special treat for me. These are fun to make and bring back special memories. Thanks for reading.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on September 11, 2013:

I haven't seen sugar cubes in a long time. I love this simple idea! Your photos are fabulous!!

FreezeFrame34 from Charleston SC on September 11, 2013:

Yum! I will be making these for lots of occasions! I might have to plan a party just to try them out!

CraftytotheCore on September 11, 2013:

Why can't we have a LOVE IT button?

This is amazing! My grandmother used to buy square sugar cubes at the store every December. She made igloos out of them and made a little snow scene on a mirror for her Christmas table. I don't recall seeing any growing up, but I heard about them from my relatives.

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 11, 2013:

I love this idea, perhaps using tiny roses or hearts like you did and using them for a bridal shower. Very cute and memorable. I will definitely try this.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on September 11, 2013:

I was just wondering about rum or mint before I saw you list. This is great, thanks for sharing! This is a keeper. ^