I also made these super-cute sugar spirals. They are similar to spun sugar but less messy and easier to work with and keep.
Caramel Sugar Decorations
1 cup sugar 1 cup water 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1. Dissolve sugar in water. Bring to a boil. Stir in cream of tartar. Brush side of pot with cold water occasionally to clean sugar crystals from building up. Continue to heat sugar to 312 degrees F or to desired caramel stage. Immediately plunge bottom of pot in ice water to stop the cooking.
2. Decorations are made by drizzling caramel sugar onto parchment paper in a decorative fashion. Let cool. Reserve. Spun sugar is made by drizzling sugar with a fork over a wooden spoon handle.