When I was in college, I was a waitress at a few different restaurants. That’s right. I made my living working ’round the clock serving others delicious food and then devouring my own free breakfast, lunch, and dinner before and after my shifts. One of the restaurants I worked at used to make the most delicious gourmet sugars to add to their desserts. The people loved the sugars. Fo’ real. And honestly, who doesn’t love sugar? I’ve been making assorted sugars for our house as long as I can remember, and it’s time you knew the magic. These DIY fruit-infused sugars are the real deal. Not only are they a great addition for the kitchen, but they make the cutest little gifts for anyone you’ve wronged. Or anyone you love. Tomato-Tomahto.
Make your own DIY fruit-infused sugars
- 1 part freeze-dried fruit (we used strawberries, pineapple, coconut, and mango)
- 2 parts cane sugar
- 1/4 tsp water
It’s important to use freeze-dried fruit here. You’re basically pulverizing the fruit in a food processor or blender, so you want there to be almost zero-moisture in the fruit so it turns into a powder.
Pour 1 cup of the fruit into a food processor and pulse that sucker! Keep chopping it up until the fruit has turned into a fine powder.
Use a sieve or strainer to remove any chunks or bits that were too stubborn to disintegrate. Pour the fruit powder into a large mixing bowl.
Add 2 cups of granulated cane sugar to the fruit powder, along with 1/4 tsp of cold water and use your hands to mix and rub the sugar and fruit powder together.
Mix the sugar well and rub any lumps out.
Pour the newly-fruited sugar onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet and spread out.
Allow the sugar time to dry for 2 hours before using or packaging up for gifts.
And then get ready for all sorts of sugary goodness!
I have this love for freeze-dried fruit that goes deeper than I can explain. In a world where everything I eat is decided by blood glucose levels, freeze dried fruit has been a real life-saver. So why wouldn’t I just add it to a cup of sugar?!?!?
Is there anything better than a bowl of pink sugar? Maybe a bowl of pink chocolate? Nope, I take that back. The sugar has it.
The coconut sugar is absolutely divine. It tastes like the beach. If the beach were to be a sugar flavor.
These sugars are excellent on toast. The strawberry might just be Vita’s favorite. We go through a lot of toasted bread in our house.
From the left: mango, strawberry, pineapple, coconut
Gang’s all here!
The sugar takes on the loveliest color based on the fruit you pair it with. The pineapple and mango are a beautiful yellow that I just can’t capture properly with a photo! I’m no Ansel Adams.
Pack up the sugar of choice in a cute jar and deliver to all your neighbors. Or just the ones you like. You’re sure to be everyone’s favorite! I guarantee it! What flavors would you try? I’m on the hunt for some new fruit options!
Check out some more recipes from our kitchen right here!
photography \\ Lexy Ward
What a sweet idea! *har har* – couldn’t resist! Seriously though I agree that these would make a fabulous gift. For some reason I never would have thought this up even though I have a few infused salts. Love it!
Ha! I cannot tell you the number of sweet puns I had to resist while writing the copy!!! So glad you like these! Hope you give ’em a try! 🙂
Marwa | Enthralling Gumption says
This is such a great idea, we consume sugar on a daily-basis why not make it interesting.
Perhaps from now onw I want to sip raspberry tea by adding some raspberry-infused tea!
Thanks, Marwa! I feel like your tea DESERVES some raspberry-infused sugar!
Oh this is such a fun idea! I need to make all of them! And what gorgeous photos – seriously so pretty!
Thank you thank you! You’re so sweet!
I love those spoons! Where are they from?
Hi Katie! I picked these up from The General Store in LA, the brand is BE Home! 🙂
Lovely! Where can I find freeze dried fruit?
I just came across this post. I am going to try this with cranberries for Christmas. So excited. ?
Teri Baggett says
Love this idea! Why do u add water then dry? Why not just powder n sugar? Does it clump after time cuz fruit is sticky? Thank u love ur site!
Hi Teri! I added a little water to help the fruit powder adhere to the sugar crystals. If you let it dry properly before packaging, it won’t be sticky. If you’re storing in a jar or bag for prolonged periods of time, it can clump, but comes apart easily once you use a stencil to break it up. Enjoy! And thank you for the sweet compliment! 🙂
Carol Christian says
How is the freeze dried fruit made? Or can it be ordered?
I am sure you can totally order it! I just picked up some freeze dried fruits that come packaged from Target! 🙂