I can’t believe how easy it is to make your own sugar cubes.
All you do is wet the sugar, pack it into some kind of mold, and let it sit for a few hours to harden. The resulting sugar cube can last for months in the cupboard with gentle treatment, and are an adorable way to spruce up an afternoon tea.
I made heart-shaped sugar cubes for Valentine’s Day using this recipe from Serious Eats. Each sugar cube is one teaspoon of sugar.
To make the shape, I borrowed silicon candy molds from a friend. I see these molds and funny-shaped ice cube trays all the time in thrift stores, but you can also order them online for cheap or borrow them, like I did.
The molds didn’t just come in hearts, so I made oval, square, and circle sugar cubes, too.
Since I use sugar cubes in my tea, I originally got the idea to make them when I ran out. Why buy another box when I can make my own? And it saves money, too. Making your own sugar cubes costs about half what it does to buy them in the store. Here’s how to do it:
Heart-Shaped Sugar Cubes For Valentine’s Day
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon water
Bowl or container
Spoon to stir sugar
Pour the sugar in a bowl and add the water. Mix until the sugar is crumbly, like biscuit dough.
Pack the sugar into the molds and wait until dry, about 8 hours. Carefully remove from the mold and voila! Sugar cubes!