Thought this might be kind of fun. I’m hesitant to post first, lest you think I’m a nut job. But I will anyway. For some reason I love different kinds of sugar, although I probably only use about half dozen on a semi-regular basis. I don’t cook as much as I used to so my inventory may seem excessive.
Listing every kind of sugar I know of but there are probably many many more I don’t know about, so please mention them if you do.
Fine cane sugar
Organic unbleached sugar
Light and Dark brown sugars
Mixed multi -colored sugar
White and raw sugar cubes
Colored rock sugar on sticks
Light and dark Muscovado sugars
Mexican piloncillo sugar
Single color sugar crystals
Brown Rice syrup
Light and Dark corn syrups
Lyles Golden Syrup
Honeys - I only have a few different ones
Jaggery - this is one I know about but don’t have.
Forgot to mention vanilla sugar; I always make my own. Just ordered some jaggery, will be interesting to try it!
How could I forget to mention confectioners sugar??
Also if I need fine cane sugar I whirl regular cane sugar in the food processor for a bit. Doesn’t need too much time.
If I don’t have dark brown sugar I’ll add some molasses to the recipe, probably about 1 teaspoon per cup. * this topic has caused me to look in my pantries and realize I’m out of molasses. Will have to rectify that soon.
One sugar I use in confections that’s not on your list is glucose syrup. Basically like corn syrup but thicker and often made from wheat. I’ve used atomized glucose in ice cream, it’s a dry powdered sugar that acts like sugar in that it adds solids and lowers the freezing point but isn’t as sweet as regular granulated can sugar.
Another interesting one is Steen’s Cane Syrup. It’s about halfway to molasses, made in the Southern US.
Then there’s black treacle, which I’ve never actually tried but I believe is even closer to molasses.
Had forgotten about coconut sugar, seems like I picked some up a while back - will have to check. And I did have a can of Steen’s which I bought on a road trip through the south. Not sure if I still have it or if it got used for something. Forgot about that one too! May have to order some soon.
Interesting about the two forms of glucose - as a home cook, had never heard of either.
Thanks for your answers.
(John Hartley - a culinary patriot eating & cooking in Northwest England)
Only one - ordinary white granulated (“Fair Trade” approved, as & when the supermarket has that). Plus a jar of honey.
I’m a simple cook and have never felt the need for a wider variety. I’ve found that, even when a recipe might call for a different type, the white granulated works OK for me.
Thank you for triggering a memory! I was gifted a small box of candy from Alaska that contained a birch wood flavor. I remember distinctly not liking it to the point of throwing it away. Think it was just crap candy. I’ve heard there are birch wood sodas that are really good & would like to give them a try as well as the syrup.
Have never tried hickory syrup or nuts before, but do appreciate the flavor in smoked things.
I’m not really collecting sugars, they just seem to gravitate to my shelves. Think maybe I should have a tea party or set up a coffee bar for brunch.
Organic unbleached cane sugar
Light brown sugar
Dark brown sugar
Lyles Golden syrup
Honey - about 7 different kinds in my pantry, as I’m a sucker for them (and different mustards, but that’s another thread) when I’m in Home Goods or a local store selling local honey.
Nice selection LW. The jaggery I ordered showed up last night, now I just need to figure out what the hell to do with it. It’s one solid large piece. The muscovados are expected today, along with a quart of molasses, so I’ll be fully provisioned again soon. Except for maple syrup which got used up on Saturday.
Will maybe order some birch or hickory syrup if I can find/think of ways to use it.
It sounds fascinating, Lambchop! A quick Google search says it has a deep, buttery molasses-caramel flavor profile, and that it’s used in curries and lots of Indians sweets. Hopefully you have a good grater. LOL Have fun with it!
So it seems to be softer than piloncillo though? My piloncillo is pretty hard, same with the palm sugar. I’ll have to unwrap the jaggery tomorrow and give it a try. A lot of the same flavor profiles in many of these sugars. Jaggery sounds so exotic though…
The quart of Plantation blackstrap molasses arrived today. This excercise in sugars has caused me to take inventory which is always a good thing. I was completely out of molasses.