Vanilla sugar is one of those wonderful and easy to make ingredients that it is nice to have in the kitchen. Everything can do with a bit of vanilla, after all, whether you are adding a spoonful to a cup of tea, sprinkling the tops of muffins or simply creaming it into butter for a cookie dough. Other easy and useful sugars are spiced sugars, which have cinnamon or other ground spices mixed in. Flavors beyond these basics are uncommon, but there is no reason why they, too, wouldn’t come in handy during baking. This is probably what inspired Cake Mate to create their new Flavored Sugars. The large-crystaled colored sugars come in peppermint and cinnamon. They’re great for topping cakes and cupcake, both because they add color and a splash of flavor, but can also be used in straight baking. For instance, they would make great “rolling” sugars (when the ball of cookie dough is rolled in sugar before baking), because they would add so much more than just a bit of crunch to a cookie. Very convenient and not a bad thing to have on hand to add a little something extra to a sweet treat.