Homemade Maple Orange Sugar Cubes

Serve up these homemade maple orange sugar cubes to dress up your cup of hot tea this winter. Or if you prefer iced tea, this will give it the right amount of sweetness in every sip.

This winter has been hot and cold. It’s kind of all over the place.

And I’m defining “hot” as 50 degrees, for those who are wondering.

But, when it’s cold, it’s really, really snowy and cold. And I don’t like the cold, y’all.

My go-to when I’m freezing is to make some hot coffee…but I figured that I should probably slow down when I hit 5+ cups in one day.

I mean, if we’re calling my 16 ounces Tervis one cup…

So yeah…I needed to make a change.

Which usually means I move on to water…but it’s super cold, Y’all!

So instead, I decided to raid my tea stash. Something that I pull out on occasion, but not as regularly as I should.

Anyways.

I was telling my mom about my coffee issue, and she suggested that I try using flavored sugar cubes in my tea to make it feel a bit more special.

Y’all. She was totally right. These maple orange sugar cubes are amazing in chai.

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Maple Orange Sugar Cubes

These Maple Orange Sugar Cubes are the perfect combination of flavor for fall in a cup of hot tea or turn unsweetened iced tea into a lovely summer treat as well.

I love how they are simple to make yet really make tea time a special occasion whether it’s just you enjoying a cup on the porch or with friends at a more formal get together.

How Do You Make Homemade Sugar Cubes

homemade sugar cube for tea

The process is so easy, here are the ingredients you need and step by step instructions!

Ingredients for Maple-Orange Sugar Cubes

Directions for Maple-Orange Sugar Cubes

Zest 1 small orange, you can use whatever type you have on hand, be sure that it is organic or at least wash the peel very well before zesting.

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In a large bowl combine granulated sugar, maple extract, and orange zest mixing them all together evenly.

You must add water slowly so that you don’t just create a puddle of sugar water and the best way to do this is to use a clean spray bottle and add just a bit at a time. Spray, stir, spray, stir until the sugar is just slightly damp and will hold together when you press it.

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Now, spoon it into your mold, be sure to get it in the corners and fill each cavity pressing them firmly into place. You may want to use a teaspoon measure so that you know how much is in each cube. 2 teaspoons is a good size for each one, even if it means you don’t fill your mold quite full.

Set your sugar cubes aside to dry for several hours, I usually just let mine harden overnight to be sure.

Pop them carefully from the mold and store them in a pretty airtight container, they will last just like regular sugar would.

maple orange sugar cubes on plate by tea

Maple-Orange Sugar Cubes

Delicious maple and orange sugar cubes to add into your tea and coffee. A sweet and refreshing burst of flavor to your drinks. 
Prep Time 10 mins
resting time 12 hrs
Total Time 10 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp. Maple extract
  • 1 small orange zest
  • Water

Instructions
 

  • Zest 1 small orange, you can use whatever type you have on hand, be sure that it is organic or at least wash the peel very well before zesting.
  • In a large bowl combine granulated sugar, maple extract, and orange zest mixing them all together evenly.
  • You must add water slowly so that you don’t just create a puddle of sugar water and the best way to do this is to use a clean spray bottle and add just a bit at a time. Spray, stir, spray, stir until the sugar is just slightly damp and will hold together when you press it.
  • Now, spoon it into your mold, be sure to get it in the corners and fill each cavity pressing them firmly into place. You may want to use a teaspoon measure so that you know how much is in each cube. 2 teaspoons is a good size for each one, even if it means you don’t fill your mold quite full.
  • Set your sugar cubes aside to dry for several hours, I usually just let mine harden overnight to be sure.
  • Pop them carefully from the mold and store them in a pretty airtight container, they will last just like regular sugar would.

Notes

maple orange sugar cubes on plate by tea
Keyword maple orange sugar cubes, sugar cubes

maple orange sugar cubes on plate by tea

Have you ever used sugar cubes before in your drinks?

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