With all the exciting options available to decorate food, it's easy to find yourself wondering things like, "What's the difference between pearl sugar and sanding sugar?" And then, "Where do I find purchase these fun products?" We've got some answers to get you started.
Pearl sugar consists of large opaque white grains that look much like the large-grain salt you often see on giant soft pretzels sold in malls and ballparks. This variety of sugar withstands high heat without melting, so it makes a wonderful garnish for sprinkling on cookies, muffins, and scones before baking. It can be purchased in a variety of colors.
Sanding sugar is clear and sparkly, unlike the opaque pearl sugar, and its extra-large crystals also will not melt in the oven. Sanding sugar is available in many colors.
Both varieties can be found in specialty grocery stores, the cake-decorating section of many crafts stores, and at online sources, such as kingarthurflour.com.