The idea of taking time in your day to sit down to sip a cup of tea and indulge in a pastry or two has become a well-known tradition in European culture. With my love for European culture combined with the Olympics in London I decided to pay homage to such a chic tradition. My friendship gift features delicate butterfly-shaped sugars in white and pale pink that take only minutes to create, and are the perfect addition to a cup of tea or coffee.
Mix 1/4 cup sugar with 1/2 teaspoon of water and add a tiny drop of paste food coloring if desired, and mix well. It should feel like wet sand. Firmly press the sugar into the candy mold of your choice. Allow to sit until semi hard (about 1-2 hours). Carefully flip the mold over and remove your sugar shapes. Allow sugar shapes to drive and harden at least 24 hours.