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How to Make Bubble Sugar

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Cook the Sugar Syrup
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Bubble sugar is an easy cooked sugar decoration that adds a beautiful touch to cakes, cupcakes, and pastries. You can add coloring and flavoring to make this elegant lace decoration match your desserts. This recipe calls for clear alcohol, but you can substitute clear alcohol-based extracts instead if you are worried about some guests consuming a small amount of alcohol. The resulting bubble sugar will taste fairly strongly of whatever flavoring you use, so take that into account when making the substitution.

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1.5 Tbsp corn syrup
  • 2 Tbsp clear alcohol
Begin by placing the sugar, corn syrup, and water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then insert a candy thermometer and cook the candy to 315 degrees.
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