The Japanese have a way of making everything more precious and special.
Even sugar for your cup of coffee or tea.
Forget the mere cubes or packets of granulated stuff. Think sugar as mini sculptures in shapes of hearts, pyramids, stars, flowers and angel wings — each individually tinted, too.
Chambre de Sucre of Cypress, Calif. is importing these sweet, tiny gourmet sugars that are handcrafted by a family-0wned business in Japan that’s more than 270 years old. They’ve been making these sugars for tea ceremonies for the royal family since the time of the Shogun.
Lisa Kunizaki, owner of Chambre de Sucre, grew up with these sugars, when she would visit her grandparents in Japan during the summers, where they would entertain with tea, homemade sweets and these sugar marvels.
Put a few on a plate to make any occasion more elegant. Use them to decorate cupcakes. Drop one into a flute of champagne. Or give a little girl her best play tea party ever.
The glass huggers are adorable — shaped like elephants, cats or angel wings. Hang one on the lip of your tea cup for a beautiful effect. They only work with thin-lipped cups, though. Those hefty coffee mugs won’t do it.
The sugars range in price from $13.95 to $39.95 for various collections.
They have a taste that is pure and sweet. They’re so beautiful, though, you’ll surely hesitate to dissolve one slowly at the bottom of your cup.