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Brown Sugar is refined or unrefined Sugar with a high Molasses content. Brown Sugar is made by either harvesting Sugar crystals with a high Molasses content from the late stages of Sugar refining, or by adding back Molasses (or a Molasses Syrup) to Granulated Sugar which coats it,...
Cube Sugar was first created by Jacob Cristoph Rad, an Austrian scientist in 1840. Rad’s formed his first Sugar Cubes by pressing moistened Granulated Sugar together in a mold to bind the Sugar Crystals together in sheets. The sheets were then broken down into strips and then...
Caster Sugar, also known as “Castor Sugar,” “Baker’s Sugar,” “Berry Sugar” (in British Columbia), “Bar Sugar,” “Ultra Fine Sugar” or “Super Fine Sugar” is a ground refined Sugar product where the granules...
Cinnamon compliments Sweetness and is Aromatic. Availability Cinnamon is available all year round. Production In its original form, it was the Dried Bark of the Cinnamon Tree that grew 35'-50' high. Now it is grown in a Shrub form to make it easier to harvest. The Bark...
Cloves are Sweet and Aromatic. Clove is actually a Latin word for nail, which gives you an idea of how hard it is. The tree will grow to a height of 50' and produce approximately 7 lbs (3 kg) of the Spice. There are records from China as early as 200 BCE where courtiers would...
Coarse Sugar, also known as Decorating Sugar or Pearl Sugar, and sometimes Sanding Sugar, is a similar Sugar to Granulated Sugar but milled so that it has larger, coarser granules. Culinary Uses Coarse Sugar is used in cooking for Fondants, Confections and Liquors where the large...
Cocoa has a Bitter taste. Cocoa/Chocolate, was originally cultivated by the Mayans, and Indian tribe indigenous to Central and South America. To them it was a very important food and drink, because of the amount of energy that it supplied (Caffeine). Other tropical countries that now...
Demerara Sugar is a type of specialty Raw Sugar with a golden yellow color and a large grain. The name comes from a region in the country of Guyana, which first began producing Demerara Sugar from Sugar Cane Sugar. Today most Demerara Sugar comes from the Island of...
Granulated Sugar is another name for White Sugar or common Table Sugar (Sucrose), the type of Sugar you likely think of when the word “Sugar” is mentioned. Availability Granulated Sugar is available all year long. Production Granulated Sugar is made from Beet Sugar...
Invert Sugar is a sugar made by the Inversion or breaking Sucrose down into its component Monosaccharide Sugars, Glucose and Fructose. Commercial Invert Sugar is a Liquid Sugar product that contains equal amounts of glucose and fructose. Because fructose is sweeter than either glucose...
Jaggery (also known as Gur, Gud or Gul) is a solidified molasses, traditionally made by evaporating Sugar Cane Juice over a heat source to make a thick sludge. The Jaggery is then cooled and molded into buckets. Jaggery is heated at a higher temperature than that used to make...
Loaf Sugar is a term used to describe Sugar pressed into loaves for decorative or functional use. Culinary Uses Loaf Sugar is traditionally used in making Jam and in German Burnt Punch. Gluten Free Yes Low Fat No Low Calorie No
Lump Sugar is refined Granular Sugar which has been pressed or cast into a particular shape. Lump Sugar can also be thought of as molded Sugar. Varieties The most common forms of Lump Sugar that most of us will be familiar with are Sugar Cubes which are available as either Pressed...
Gluten Free Yes Low Fat Yes Low Calorie Yes
Nib Sugar means large Sugar Crystals that have been boiled for an extra long time. Culinary Uses Nib Sugar is used as a decoration on Cookies, Cakes, etc. and to make crystallized Apples. Gluten Free Yes Low Fat No Low Calorie No
Panela are solid pieces of Sucrose (and Fructose) picked out of Boiled and evaporated Sugar Cane Juice. Panela is a staple food item in South America and Central America. Gluten Free Yes Low Fat Yes Low Calorie Yes
Powdered Sugar, also known as Icing Sugar, Confectioner’s Sugar, Sucre Glace (France) and Frosting Sugar is the finest (smallest size granules) of the Sugars available. It is a powder whereas Super Fine Sugar is still a fine granule. Powdered Sugar is a very white, very highly...
Sugar Cubes were first created by Jacob Cristoph Rad, an Austrian scientist in 1840. Rad’s formed his first Sugar Cubes by pressing moistened Granulated Sugar together in a mold to bind the Sugar Crystals together in sheets. The sheets were then broken down into strips and then...
Rapadura is a Portugese name for evaporated or dehydrated Sugar Cane Juice, essentially an unrefined Sugar that is thought to be healthier to consume than refined sugar or High Fructose Corn Syrup. Rapadura has a darker color and a grainier texture than refined sugar and is evaporated...
Raw Sugar means minimally processed Sugar Cane or Sugar Beet. The precise definition varies, from very specific for Raw Food adherents, to more vague for many others who see Raw Sugar as just lightly refined Sugar from the first crystallization of sugar cane juice which still contains a...
Sanding Sugar, sometimes also known as Coarse Sugar, is a coarse grained Sugar that is perfect for making a very dry Frosting that can later be sanded or carved into desired decorations and shapes. Production Sanding Sugar is made from refined Sugar Cane Sugar or Sugar Beet...
The Sugar Beet (Beta vulgaris) is an annual plant that has been bred to have a high Sugar content (12% to 20% Sucrose) in its roots. Olivier de Serres discovered that boiling Sugar Beets could yield Syrup from the juice, but it wasn’t until 1747 that the German scientist, Andreas...
Sugarcane (Saccharum spp.) is a giant perennial grass, native to South East Asia, that grows in tropical and sub-tropical climates because it does not tolerate frost. Sugar Cane is harvested for the Sugar (Sucrose) stored in their stems. Conventional wisdom in the field posits that...
Season Tahitian Vanilla Beans are available year round. Gluten Free Yes Low Fat Yes Low Calorie Yes
Turbinado Sugar is a Raw Sugar made from Sugar Cane. Production Turbinado Sugar is made by evaporating out the moisture from the first crystallization of Sugar Cane Juice. Varieties Sugar is similar to Demerara Sugar, Rapadura Sugar and Muscovado Sugar which are all lightly...
Vanilla, offers a unique sweet flavor for baking and cooking! Until the 1800s, Vanilla was only grown on the fringes of the Mexican tropical forests. It was jealously guarded by the Mexicans, since it was a great source of foreign income. In modern times most of the production of Vanilla...