In loving memory of my mother, who passed away on 3/15/16, one month after a ruptured brain aneurysm on Valentine’s Day, 5 years after this DIY Sugar Cubes post was written. My favorite part about this is reading my mom’s comment (aka: “Your Biggest Fan”). I miss her everyday and dedicate this recipe to her (even though it kind of already was based off of my story below).
I have several memories from my childhood of going along with my mother to her place of work. Back in the day, my mom worked as shoplifting security for a popular clothing store. This was when 2-way mirrors were the thing and someone stood behind it, watching for the shady folk.
That was my mother behind the window. One of my favorite stories was of her chasing down a shoplifter while wearing high heels. That woman is hardcore. Don’t allow the adorable exterior to fool you. If she catches you stealing, she will chase you down. In pumps. And a cute 2 piece skirt suit.
I like her.
Okay, so there is a point to why I am bringing this all up. Yeah yeah yeah, I’m getting to it… I got sidetracked, so sue me. So among my many visits to my mother’s workplace, I remember sugar cubes. Lots of sugar cubes. I’m not sure if these are as popular as they were back in the 80’s, but it was a very common thing to have a box full of sugar in the shape of cubes to plop into your tea or coffee-filled styrofoam cup. Except I never wasted my time watching it melt into hot beverages. No, I put that thing right into my mouth. On a special day I would nibble it slowly, savoring every sweet bite. Healthly, really.
When I saw this recipe for DIY Sugar Cubes on ehow I knew it would be a fun thing to do for Valentine’s Day!
- ½ c. granulated sugar
- ½ tsp hot water
- 2-3 drops food coloring of choice
- shallow, mini mold (I used a heart-shaped one)
- Combine sugar and water together. The texture should resemble wet sand. If the mixture is too dry, add a little more water. If too wet, add a little more sugar.
- Add food coloring and mix until completely combined.
- Place spoonfuls of sugar mixture into heart candy molds. Press down with your fingers, making sure it is niced pressed into its shape.
- Allow to sit for 3-5 minutes in tray. Taking a cutting board, place on top of tray and flip over so the hearts will gently pop out onto the board. Do not touch at this point--Allow to sit for another 60 minutes to harden.
These days, I no longer put sugar in my coffee or tea (nor do I eat it straight up either) but I am sure some of my friends do, which is why they will be getting a little baggie full of these cuties this Valentine’s Day. Maybe I will send a few to my mother as well…