Updated January 11th, 2022
Brown sugar has a distinctive brown color due to the addition of molasses to refined sugar crystals.
Different colours of brown sugar will contain higher amounts of molasses, as a light brown sugar will have 3.5% and a dark brown sugar will range about 6.5% molasses. Some commercial grades can be up to 10%.
Brown sugar will caramelize much easier than regular white sugar, an effect that will give a stronger flavor of caramel to glazes and gravies while cooking.
You can make your own brown sugar at home: Combine two tablespoons of molasses with one cup of white sugar. At first stir with a spoon, then rub with your fingers and watch it transform into brown sugar.
Convenient and economical.
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