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My Dad, the old sugar manufacturer. If you want a definition various sugars....

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Posted to Thread #504 at 6:35 pm on Jan 19, 2006

My Dad was a sugar manufacturer all of his adult life. In fact, although he enlisted to serve in WW2, the government determined that he was critical to the continuing production during the war and would not allow him to leave. Not long before his life ended, I finally asked him to distinguish for me, the various types of sugars as he knew that business inside and out.

I grew up in the land of beet sugars but cane sugars were brought in as well, to create the other varieties which beets cannot. Oddly enough, I am mildly allergic to cane sugar and 'import' the beet variety whenever I can find it.

Now I have found the little note I made and at last got it into my reference materials. Here it is if you are interested.


∙ icing sugar - 11% cornstarch plus regular sugar pulverized

∙ berry - finer than fruit sugar by use of a finer screen

∙ confectionerís - next finest to icing but has no cornstarch

∙ finest in order: Icing

∙ Browns: Demerara - has the most molasses. Sourced from cane
Golden Brown - raw cane with some molasses removed
Brown - cane with a little molasses still in

Cube sugar has some clear syrup. Itís pressed into a cake and heated.

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