Who ever knew making sugar cubes was so easy? If I did I would have been making these years ago. I have always found that serving sugar cubes instead of sugar with coffee or tea is so much more appealing. I have even loved buying cubes that are colored and shaped. Unfortunately sugar cubes are not cheap due to their pure elegance. You can really do so much when you make your own cubes at home. You can add a variety of pure extracts just think how tasty one with lemon extract or rose water would be in tea or cardamom infused for coffee. I bought natural food dye to use for my kitchen endeavors because I have a hard time eating food that I suspect has been dyed with unnatural products.
Line a cookie sheet with a non-stick baking mat, wax paper or parchment paper, sit aside.
In a medium sized mixing bowl add sugar, food coloring and vanilla. With a fork mix well until everything is evenly mixed. Add water a small amount at a time until mixture is damp; it should not be too wet.
Carefully dump sugar into a pile on cookie sheet. With damp hands form sugar into a rectangle making about 1/2 cm tall. With a sharp knife carefully line up and down making cubes easy to extract later.
Place cookie sheet in an unheated oven to store in overnight.
The next day take a sharp knife and carefully extract cubes and store in a covered container in a cool place or the refrigerator.