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Raspberry Coconut Popsicles

Creamy coconut and sweet raspberries are the perfect combo to cool off on a hot summer day!

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

Strawberry shortcake in an easy-to-make cupcake. Vanilla cupcakes stuffed with a whole fresh strawberry inside and topped with a dreamy whipped cream...

Hard Blood Orange Lemonade

Hard Blood Orange Lemonade combines blood oranges and lemons with just the right amount of simple syrup. Topped off with club soda and vodka, this...

No Bake Salted Caramel Coconut Macaroons

These No-Bake Salted Caramel Coconut Macaroons are so very easy that they may just become your go-to cookie recipe when you need something fast. Sweet...

Orange Marmalade Cookies

Made like a traditional thumbprint cookie, these Orange Marmalade Cookies are soft and chewy vanilla flavored cookies with citrusy orange marmalade in...

Buttered Pecan Ice Cream

Rich, buttery homemade ice cream with brown sugar and toasted pecans for that southern buttered pecan flavor.

Lemon Meringue Parfaits

Your favorite lemon meringue pie in adorable mini parfait form! Sweet and tart lemon curd is paired with sweet meringue for the ultimate treat.

Maple Apple Crisp

When cooler weather rolls in, something about an apple crisp just feels right. It's elegant in its simplicity. This rustic, warm and bubbly dessert...

Cinnamon Roll Bundt Cake

Everything you know and love about a cinnamon roll in the form of everyone's favorite bundt cake. From the gooey cinnamon filling, to the cream cheese...

Cheese Danish Cookies

These delicate creamy treats are like a mini cheese danish that you can eat in one bite!

Cherry Heart Cupcakes

Say "I love you" with these rich, dark chocolate cupcakes with a cherry butter cream frosting and topped with sweet cherries in the shape of a heart.

Banana Upside Down Cake

Tired of banana bread but still want to find a use for your ripe bananas? This delish, easy (and gorgeous) Banana Upside Down Cake is a photo worthy...
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Turkey Snack Bags

Perfect for a party favor or a table decoration, these adorable turkey bags are great for holding lots of yummy snacks....
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develop and test recipes and create crafts using Imperial Sugar.

For 175 years, Imperial Sugar has been a trusted name in family kitchens all across Texas. The Imperial Sugar Company is the one of the oldest continuously operating companies in the State of Texas and was founded by one of the original 100 families brought to the state by Stephen F. Austin.

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If you're a blogger who writes about recipes, crafts, entertaining or kid’s activities, you might be interested in working with us!

We work with food and lifestyle bloggers in many ways including:

  • Recipe Development
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  • How To Videos and/or Endorsements

Recipe Development

For recipe development, blogger must have a strong track record of successful recipe creation. Sample recipes should be provided. For long-term arrangements, we require sugar brand exclusivity. We will provide product for you to use in developing the recipes.

Lifestyle & Crafts

We work with lifestyle, crafts and family-focused blogs to promote the activities in our Kids’ Kitchen. We will provide product for you to use in developing the crafts. Check out the Kids' Kitchen online and let us know how you think your blog would be a fit.

Bloggers are selected on a case-by-case basis. Things such as readership, alignment with Imperial/Dixie’s target audience, style, tone and creativity all factor into the decision. Good photography skills are a must.

As we are a regional brand, preference is given to bloggers with a large readership from Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Although residing in one of those states is not a requirement.

 

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Gift food packaging ideas

Chalkboard Gift Box

Chalkboard Gift Box

Start with an inexpensive and appropriately sized paper or cardboard craft box. Take a can of chalkboard spray paint and completely cover all sides. Apply in light, sweeping coats. Let dry for 24 hours. Next, take either chalk orchalk markers and write your holiday message. The best part is that because it is chalk, you can erase and start again if you change your mind on the design. Line the box with wax paper and place your homemade treats inside.

Window Gift Bags

Window Gift Bags

Give your friends and family a sneak peek at the goodies inside their gift bag with a cellophane holiday shaped window. Start with plain gift bags. Punch out the center of your bag with a large holiday-themed punch or trace a stencil or cookie cutter and then cut it out. With a clear tape runner or double sided clear tape, tape around the cut out image on the inside of the bag. Cut out a piece of cellophane large enough to cover the image and carefully slip it inside the bag and place it over the tape and cut out image. Press down to adhere. Fill the bag with homemade cookies or other treats and then fold over the top of the bag a couple times, then punch two holes with a hole punch and tie together with ribbon.

Chinese Take Out Box

Chinese Take Out Box

Most craft stores carry these cute Chinese food take out box shaped containers. Just fill with colorful tissue paper or colored foil and place your home baked treats on top.

Clear Canisters

Clear Canisters

Inexpensive clear canisters can be found at your local craft store, dollar store or even resale shop. Look for jars with wide mouth openings so that you can easily reach in and out. Cut colored wax paper or tissue paper into squares approximately the same size as your cookie and then alternate cookie and paper. Dress the jar with a bow, raffia or ribbon.

Colorful Gift Boxes

Colorful Gift Boxes

This isn’t grandma’s old tin – it’s a modern way to give food. Craft stores have lots of options when it comes to pretty paper and cardboard gift boxes; some with a clear top so you can see through. Just line it with wax paper and place your treats inside for a beautiful gift.

Custom Cookie & Candy Tins

Custom Cookie & Candy Tins

Create a keepsake along with a memory when you customize a plain cookie tin with a child's artwork. Visit our Custom Cookie Tin page for instructions on how to create your own work of art.

Printable Gift Tags

Printable Gift Tags

Dress up plain white or butcher paper gift bags with our free printable Food Gift Tags. Just print on card stock or stickers and adhere to the front of your bag.

Other Ideas for Creative Food Gift Packaging

  • Place your treats inside a tall mason jar and screw on lid. Wrap the entire jar in a brightly colored dish towel. Gather the edges at the top of the jar and tie together with a coordinating color ribbon. Your gift recipient gets a new kitchen towel along with a sweet treat.
  • Instead of a bow, use a kitchen utensil on top of the package.

Great gift mixes

Prep: 5 mins

Colored Sugar

Make your own colored sugar
Prep: 10 mins

Fruit Oat Crumble Bar Gift Mix

Prep: 15 mins

Cherry Fig Merlot Bars Gift Mix

Cherry Fig Merlot Bars Gift Mix
Prep: 10 mins

Apple Spice Muffin Mix

Prep: 20 mins

Apricot Bars Gift Mix

Prep: 10 mins

Mini Donut Muffin Gift Mix

Prep: 10 mins

Mexican Hot Chocolate Gift Mix

Mexican Hot Chocolate Gift Mix
Prep: 45 mins

Christmas Peppermint Patties

Prep: 15 mins

Pecan Praline Gift Mix

Pecan Praline Gift Mix
My First Cookbook

My First Cookbook

The iconic cookbook that has taught generations of young chefs how to cook is now bigger and better!
The all-new edition of "My First Cookbook”" is packed with 28 kid-friendly, easy and delicious recipes designed for beginning chefs ages 6 to 12.

Along with drool-worthy photographs, each recipe has illustrated instructions and an equipment list. Recipes are coded by skill level, so that your budding chef can tackle more challenging recipes as they become more confident in the kitchen.

Plus, new this edition, we'’ve added a sugar crafts section! Hands-on craft ideas that are not only a ton of fun but also help teach concepts like science, chemistry and math.

Want your very own My First Cookbook? Sign up for our , or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter. We host several contests each year during which you can win a copy. Once you receive your book, we'd love it if you'd share a photo of your kids in the kitchen with us. Just use the hashtag #kidsinthekitchen so we can find you.

Sugar Myths

Sugar Myths

Hyperactivity
How often have you blamed a child’s misbehavior on sugar? It’s a common practice. But sugar plays little to no part in a child’s behavior. Several medical studies have found no significant link between sugar intake and hyperactivity.

WebMD: Busting the Sugar-Hyperactivity Myth

Obesity
With only 15 calories per teaspoon, sugar is no more fattening than any other 15 calories. You gain weight by taking in more calories than your body burns for fuel. Carbohydrates (like sugar) and protein supply 4 calories per gram, whereas fats deliver more than twice that—9 calories per gram. Also, carbs and protein are converted immediately into the fuels a body needs, while fats are initially stored in fat cells for later use. Effective weight management depends on the combination of responsible eating and appropriate physical activity.

Source: Sugar Association

Diabetes
Sugar by itself does not cause diabetes. Both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes evolve from a disruption of the body’s ability to convert blood glucose (commonly referred to as blood sugar) into energy. Starches and sugars – whether originating from foods like potatoes, carrots, corn, strawberries and watermelon, or from the sugar bowl, are first metabolized to glucose to meet basic energy needs.

Type 1 diabetes is caused by genetics and unknown factors that trigger the onset of the disease; type 2 diabetes is caused by genetics and lifestyle factors. Being overweight does increase your risk for developing type 2 diabetes, and a diet high in calories from any source contributes to weight gain.

Source: American Diabetes Association

Cavities
Bacteria in the mouth break down all carbohydrates – both starches and sugars. This normal process forms acids that can leach minerals from tooth enamel. Sticky snacks like raisins and other dried fruits, and starchy foods like breadsticks, cereals and potato chips, linger on teeth and prolong acid production even more than most candies. Infants and toddlers napping with a bottle of juice are also at increased risk of cavities.

Dentists advise reducing between-meal snacks and limiting sweet or sticky foods to mealtimes. Regular brushing and flossing, using fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash, and regular dentist visits are the smart foundations for controlling cavities.

Cavities are lessened by a combination of responsible dental care, smart snacking choices – whether sugar, starches, juices, or anything else, and the time of day snacks are eaten.

Source: Sugar Association

Refining
"Refined” is a misunderstood word, especially when it comes to sugar. Somehow, over the years, refined has taken on the meaning of being overly processed and manipulated. In truth, the definition of refined is “to make pure.” The refining process simply separates natural sucrose from sugar cane without bleaching or chemical manipulation. See our How Sugar is Processed infographic for a visual explanation. The Sugar Association also provides infographics on the manufacturing process

Cancer
It’s true that sugar feeds every cell in our body — even cancer cells. But, research shows that eating sugar doesn’t necessarily lead to cancer. It’s what sugar does to your waistline that can lead to cancer. Taking in too many sugar calories may result in weight gain. And, being overweight or obese puts you at a higher risk for cancer and other diseases.

Source: American Cancer Society

Cane Sugar vs. Beet Sugar

Dark Brown vs. Light Brown Sugar

Certifications

Extra Fine Granulated Pure Cane Sugar Pouch

[brand:name] Extra Fine Granulated Sugar Pouch is non-GMO pure cane sugar that's milled to extra-fine crystals for a smooth, quick-dissolving, easily blendable, all-purpose sugar. [brand:name] Extra Fine Granulated Sugar Pouch comes in a 3.4-lb resealable, zip-lock pouch containing 7 cups of sugar that's easy to scoop or pour. 

For 175 years, Imperial Sugar has been a trusted name in family kitchens all across Texas. We’re the secret ingredient in family-favorite recipes handed down from one generation to the next. Memories are made when you bake with love and Imperial Sugar. 

Learn more about our sugar certifications here
 

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Extra Fine Granulated Pure Cane Sugar Shaker

[brand:name] Extra Fine Granulated Pure Cane Sugar Shaker is non-GMO pure cane sugar that's milled to extra-fine crystals for a smooth, quick-dissolving, easily blendable, free-flowing sugar. [brand:name] Extra Fine Granulated Pure Cane Sugar Shaker comes in a convenient pourable dispenser with a flip-top lid. Scoop, pour or shake sugar into your coffee or tea, top your morning oatmeal, or sprinkle your sugar cookies when they are just out of the oven. 

For 175 years, Imperial Sugar has been a trusted name in family kitchens all across Texas. We’re the secret ingredient in family-favorite recipes handed down from one generation to the next. Memories are made when you bake with love and Imperial Sugar. 

Learn more about our sugar certifications here

 

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1 lb. Confectioners Powdered Sugar Box

[brand:name] 10x Powdered Sugar Box is an extremely fine and smooth confectioners sugar available in a 1-lb box. Powdered sugar is best measured by weight versus volume to ensure your recipe comes out as expected. With our convenient 1-lb box, you can just pour the entire box in and go - no measuring required!

For 175 years, Imperial Sugar has been a trusted name in family kitchens all across Texas. We’re the secret ingredient in family-favorite recipes handed down from one generation to the next. Memories are made when you bake with love and Imperial Sugar. 

Learn more about our sugar certifications here
 

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Confectioners Powdered Sugar Poly Bag

[brand:name] 10x Powdered Sugar is an extremely fine and smooth confectioners sugar that's perfect for royal icing, frosting, candy, fudge and glazes. Available in a resalable 2 lb. bag for easy storage. Store in a cool, dry place. 

For 175 years, Imperial Sugar has been a trusted name in family kitchens all across Texas. We’re the secret ingredient in family-favorite recipes handed down from one generation to the next. Memories are made when you bake with love and Imperial Sugar. 

Learn more about our sugar certifications here

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Redi-Measure Light Brown Sugar Pouches

[brand:name] Redi-Measure Light Brown Sugar Pouches are the ultimate in convenience. Each box contains 12 pre-measured, well-packed 1/4 cup servings of our non-GMO light brown pure cane sugar. Just open the pouch, pour, and you're done. No measuring required!

[brand:name]'s Light Brown Sugar is known for its rich aroma, a light molasses flavor and soft crystal with a hint of moisture, making it perfect for recipes that showcase its warm and nutty flavor profile. 

For 175 years, Imperial Sugar has been a trusted name in family kitchens all across Texas. We’re the secret ingredient in family-favorite recipes handed down from one generation to the next. Memories are made when you bake with love and Imperial Sugar. 

Learn more about our sugar certifications here
 


What's the difference between light and dark brown sugar? We explain here

 

 

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1 lb. Light Brown Sugar Box

[brand:name] Light Brown Sugar Box is a non-GMO pure cane sugar known for its rich aroma, soft and fluffy crystals, light molasses flavor, and a hint of moisture. [brand:name] Light Brown Sugar is ideal for recipes that showcase its warm and nutty flavor profile such as spice cakes or crumbles. Available in a 1-lb. box containing 4 cups of light brown sugar. Store airtight in a cool, dry place. 

For 175 years, Imperial Sugar has been a trusted name in family kitchens all across Texas. We’re the secret ingredient in family-favorite recipes handed down from one generation to the next. Memories are made when you bake with love and Imperial Sugar. 

Learn more about our sugar certifications here

 


What's the difference between light and dark brown sugar? We explain here

 

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