A little late, but here it is; frugal friday. Maybe I'm cheap, but I've always had a hard time paying for sprinkles and colored sugars for decorating cakes and cookies; they're a rip. Well, this is a real money-saver! Making your own colored sugar couldn't be easier or cheaper! And, you can make it any color of the rainbow. This is something the kids will have fun helping you with too.
food coloring (liquid or gel*)
plastic sandwich bag
Place desired amount of sugar in a resealable plastic bag. Add 1-3 drops of food coloring. Squeeze out all air, and massage the color into the sugar until no clumps remain.
*Results were slightly better with the gel, as it the liquid made the sugar a little "crispy" and the gel made it a little softer. I don't this really matters; just an observation. The granules stayed separated just as well with both types of coloring.