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Homemade Orange Vanilla Sugar

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Homemade Orange Vanilla Sugar is a great gift idea! Stir a teaspoon into hot or iced tea, sprinkle it on buttered toast, use it in baking recipes like sugar cookies or sweet breads and even add to roasted carrots or sweet potatoes!

Homemade Orange Vanilla Sugar makes a sweet gift!  Sugar is infused with orange essential oil, vanilla and real orange zest. SO good in hot or iced tea, sprinkled over buttered toast or used in baking recipes!

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Hey there sweet things!  Get it?  Orange vanilla sugar.  Sweet things.  Right.  With Teacher Appreciation Week and Mothers’ Day right around the corner, I have a really sweet gift idea for you. 

It is easy to make and absolutely adorable when packaged up in a mason jar with a cute hand stamped gift tag!

(Update 2020: I created printable tags for gifting, you can download the labels here.)

How to Make Orange Vanilla Sugar

Homemade Orange Vanilla Sugar makes a sweet gift!  Sugar is infused with orange essential oil, vanilla and real orange zest. SO good in hot or iced tea, sprinkled over buttered toast or used in baking recipes!

Real quick, can we talk about the packaging?  Something as simple as a round kraft tag + a scrap paper leaf + orange striped bakers twine + a mini clothespin = 1000 on the cuteness scale!

Okay, back to this sugar.  Orange zest and orange essential oil give this such a gorgeous citrus scent and flavor.  If you don’t have clear vanilla extract, scrape the caviar out of a vanilla bean or even use vanilla powder.

Homemade Orange Vanilla Sugar makes a sweet gift!  Sugar is infused with orange essential oil, vanilla and real orange zest. SO good in hot or iced tea, sprinkled over buttered toast or used in baking recipes!

How to Use Orange Vanilla Sugar

  • This orange vanilla sugar is soooooo delicious stirred into a mug of hot tea.  And I’m pretty sure my sweet tea will never be the same. 
  • Instead of cinnamon sugar, I sprinkled some of this orange vanilla sugar on a piece of toast and it was divine!  Little bits of sugared orange zest and the bright taste of orange was pretty delightful! 
  • It would be awesome sprinkled on roasted carrots and sweet potatoes, too!

Orange Essential Oil is one of my very favorites!  I love to diffuse it with Cinnamon or Peppermint.  Add it to regular ice water for a refreshing twist.  Of course, I use it in my favorite Mason Jar Air Fresheners.

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Homemade Orange Vanilla Sugar


Description

Homemade Orange Vanilla Sugar is a great gift idea! Stir a teaspoon into hot or iced tea, sprinkle it on buttered toast, use it in baking recipes like sugar cookies or sweet breads and even add to roasted carrots or sweet potatoes!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1015 drops of Orange essential oil (I use and love Young Living!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of clear vanilla extract
  • Zest of one orange

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, stir together the sugar, Orange essential oil and vanilla extract.
  2. Once those three ingredients are combined well, stir in the orange zest.
  3. Spread the orange vanilla sugar out on a sheet tray to dry.
  4. Once the sugar is dry – mine took about an hour – break up any clumps if necessary and spoon/pour it into jars.

Notes

  • The drying time for this sugar may vary based on climate/humidity.


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15 Comments

  1. Yum! I love orange and vanilla together. I drop some in my sparkling water from time to time and it’s amazing.

    Your packaging is always 1000 on the cuteness scale!

    1. Hi Pat – I should clarify, it is clear artificial vanilla extract. I found it in my grocery store but you can also find it where cake decorating supplies are sold or online.

  2. This looks so good! I love orange and vanilla. Thanks for sharing. I found you through the 36th Avenue link party.

  3. Love the recipe and the packaging! Want to make it ASAP!

    Wondering about mason jars…do you glue the center circle to the ring so it’s all attached or just not worry about it?

  4. Hi,
    this is probably a silly question but can I substitute the sugar for salt in the scrubs ? I read somewhere that the salt scrubs are better as they don’t have to be refrigerated !
    All of your sugar scrubs look awesome, thank you for sharing them 🙂

  5. Please note that it is dangerous to use standard essential oils over the counter internally! You need to use certified pure brands – this are doterra and young living! I am certified in aromatherapy and work with oils in my daily work and practice.

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