Do you remember making sand art as a kid?
And do you remember those Fun Dip candies that your mom would only let you eat outside?
Today’s crafty recipe is a mashup of those two childhood throwbacks.
Sweet and sour edible sand art made with Kool-Aid!
We served up a tasty palette of colors and flavors at our backyard beach bash.
The kids loved making their “sand” art creations in miniature mason jars and snacking on the tart, Kool-Aid flavored sugar.
It’s a cinch to make your own edible sand art.
You only need three ingredients: sugar, water and Kool-Aid.
Start by mixing a packet of Kool-Aid with 1 tablespoon of water. You want just enough water to dissolve the powdered drink, but no more.
Pour a cup of sugar into a zippered sandwich bag, then add in the Kool-Aid water.
Seal the bag and squeeze it until the Kool-Aid is fully incorporated in the sugar.
Pour the colored, flavored sugar into a baking dish lined with parchment paper. Use a pastry cutter or butter knifes to spread the sugar into a thin layer on the parchment paper.
Preheat your oven to its lowest setting. (Mine was 170 degrees F.) Put the colored sugar into the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, just long enough to dry out the sugar mixture without melting it.
If your oven’s lowest temperature is hotter than 170 degrees, reduce the cooking time. Be sure to watch the sugar carefully and remove it before it melts or caramelizes.
Allow sugar to cool and break up any clumps with a rolling pin. Transfer to a dry, airtight container, like a mason jar. Shake before using to break up any clumps that have formed.
Once your kids are finished playing with the sand art, you can make a pitcher of Kool-Aid with any leftover “sand.” Just add one cup of “sand” to two quarts of water.
If your kids are really crazy or adventurous, mix up a pitcher of Kool-Aid using one of their rainbow-colored sand art creations. That’s sure to be one wacky flavor and color blend!
I’ve created some fun, free printables that you can use to create an edible sand art station at your next party.
Click here to download a non-watermarked 8X10 Edible Sand Art Station sign
Click here to download 2-inch round Edible Sand Art labels for your jar lids
Click here to download two 4X6 table signs for an Edible Sand Art Station and a Make Your Own Sno-Cone Station
Be sure to check out my recipe for homemade sno-cone syrup, also made with Kool-Aid.
Get the scoop on how to make this easy no-sew beach towel party banner. too.
And if regular sand art is more your speed, check out this patriotic mason jar sand art you can make with your kids.