DIY Orange Spice Sugar

By Holly Giles | Recipes


Orange Spice Sugar

Orange Spice sugar is an easy gift to have on hand to give to friends and family for different occasions.
This easy sugar was a hit around the holidays or summer parties and I want to share it with you!
I save any little glass jar I can get my hands on.  These happen to be pimento jars from a pea salad I make for potlucks.  I save the jars and spray paint the lids and you have the perfect size for gifts.

You will also need:

  • One orange
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of whole cloves
  • airtight container to store it all in
This project goes along with the chapter in “Blaze New Trails” on picking fruit. There are so many lessons in cooking that is real education. Orange sugar is an easy recipe all the kids can participate in and learn a few new things too.
First, you zest the orange.  I would zest the entire orange and it will make approximately 1 Tablespoon of zest.  Place the sugar into your container, add the zest and the cloves.  Let it sit for at least a week before putting it in jars.  The longer it sits, the more fragrant and flavorful it is.  I pick out most of the zest and the cloves before putting it in jars for gifts.  You could leave a little on top to give it a nice smell when they open the jar.
To decorate the jar, I just used some ribbon I had on hand, and hot glued it in place.  I used orange cardstock and cut the scalloped design with my Cricut, but scissors work too.  I wrote the name on the tag before gluing it in place.  I found little tiny resin oranges for paper crafting at a local craft store that I added to the tag.  It added a wow factor to such a simple design.
These cute little jars of sugar look good just sitting on the counter or next to the coffee maker.  Flavored sugars are a fantastic addition to coffee, desserts, and tea for an extra punch of flavor.  My friends say they love the orange clove in coffee and tea.
Watch our video on how to make the sugar

I also make lemon sugar and vanilla sugar the same way.  It stores well for six months to a year.  I like to find cute little containers at thrift stores to keep mine in around the coffee machine for guests to help themselves.

This recipe is so simple, it is easy for children to get in on the mix. It only takes a few minutes to put it all together, and they can do each step themselves.  Being able to present a friend with a homemade gift that they can use is a great feeling.  The kids were a part of it, and by adding special touches like the tag and ribbon, your friends will feel like you made it especially for them, and you did!
Let me know how your flavored sugar turns out, or if you have another recipe I should try for my next batch.
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