11 Types of Sugar



   I am sure that when you think about sugar, the first thing coming to your mind is sweetness. I am also sure that you know that sugar has various uses, especially in baking. 

   When it comes to baking, sugar is one of the main ingredients we use. The most common and used sugar is white granulated sugar. But the more you experience baking, you will come across to more different types of sugar. Here is why I am presenting to you these 11 types of sugar.



      Sugar in baking

   First, let's see what is the role of sugar in baking. Sugar aerates baked goods, softens gluten, adds flavor, it works to make the dough tender and can have a really important role in the appearance of baked goods.
   You might be tempted, when baking something delicious, to add more sugar or put less than the recipe requires. This is a very common mistake, and it might ruin your delicious cake. Remember that you should always follow the recipe, and you shouldn't try to change the sugar type or the quantity,. By changing the type of sugar or the quantity of it, you can easily alter the chemistry of a baked good, and alter the outcome. 

   Let's see how sugar is made. The sugar products are derived from sugarcane and sugar beets (these are plants that naturally have a high amount of sugar in them). These plants undergo a special refining process, meant to remove impurities present in them.

   These are the 11 most common types of sugar:

Raw sugars: - Molasses
                      - Demerara
                      - Turbinado
                      - Muscovado

Brown sugars: - Light Brown Sugar
                          - Dark Brown Sugar

Refined sugar: - Standard Granulated
                          - Confectioners Sugar
                          - Castor
                          - Sanding
                          - Pearl 

      Raw Sugars

   Raw sugars are products that have not been completely refined, but they are actually perfectly fit for consumption. They have undergone some stages of the refining process in order to be edible.

   
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molasses
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   Molasses sugar
   Molasses is the concentrated syrup resulted from the refining process and is one of the main impurities found in the raw sugar types. Molasses, as it is, is not fit for human consumption.



   Demerara sugar
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   Demerara sugar is a type of sugar that is minimally refined. This means that it hasn't had all the molasses refined out. It has an amber color, a subtle molasses flavor, and it is large grained and crunchy. It can be used to sweeten drinks, but also as a topping for delicious baked goods.

   Turbinado sugar
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   Turbinado sugar is also a minimally refined raw sugar. It has medium-brown crystals, and because of this, it is commonly mistaken with the brown sugars. This type of sugar has a special and delicate caramel flavor. It can be used to sweeten beverages. 



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   Muscovado Sugar
   Muscovado sugar, also called Barbados sugar, is a type of unrefined sugar in which the molasses isn't removed. It has a wet, sandy texture with a complex flavor. It is mostly used in marinades or savory dishes, but also in gingerbread and fudge.


      Brown sugars

   Brown sugar is basically white sugar that has had cane molasses added to it. These two types of sugar differ by the amount of molasses that they have.
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   Light brown sugar
   Light brown sugar has a small amount of molasses added. It has a delicate caramel flavor, and it's used most commonly in savory dishes.


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   Dark brown sugar
   Dark brown sugar has a higher amount of molasses added in it; which gives it a more intense flavor.




      Refined sugar

   Refined sugar is a processed type of sugar. This involves removing impurities and colored components.


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   Standard white granulated sugar
   Granulated sugar is a highly refined multi-purpose sugar. It is made from sugarcane and sugar beets. It's the most popular type of sugar used in everyday life. It can be used in all recipes that call for plain sugar.

    Confectioner Sugar
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   Confectioners sugar is also known as powdered sugar or icing sugar. It's a type of sugar that has been ground into a very fine powder and mixed with a small amount of cornstarch. It's usually used for making frostings and icing because it dissolves easily.


   Castor Sugar
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   This type of sugar is super fine granulated white sugar. It is ideal to use for making cocktails, syrups or smooth desserts because the crystals are very fine and they dissolve very quickly. It is also used for sweetening cold drinks because castor sugar doesn't need heat in order to dissolve.




   Sanding Sugar
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   Sanding sugar has large crystals, and it's used mainly for decorating delicious baked goods. It adds an extra crunch to cookies, and it is quite resistant to heat. You can find it in different colors.
   



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   Pearl Sugar
   The pearl sugar has a hard texture and an opaque color, which doesn't melt when it's exposed to high temperatures. It's commonly used in the Scandinavian baking for decorating pastries and cookies.



   These are the 11 types of sugar that are more common. Although it might feel like you just took a sugar class, everyone could use some more knowledge about such an important ingredient in baking as sugar.
  When doing the research for this article, I realized that trying to help you guys know more about sugar, it also helped me to find new and amazing information about these 11 types of sugar.
   Don't forget that you should never try and change the sugar type or the quantity in a recipe. And also, if you think that I missed someting important regarding sugar, or if you have any questions, make sure you let me know in the comments!
   Happy Baking, and don't forget to share/pin!





54 comments :

  1. Oh my goodness, I don't think I knew that there were so many types of sugar! Thanks for this articlle, I learned something new today.

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  2. How interesting! I had no idea there were so many different kinds of sugar. You learn something new every day!

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  3. I loved learning about different sugars. I need to experiment with some of these in my baking.

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  4. A few of these sugars I had never heard of. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. DANG. That is a lot of different kinds of sugar. Some I've never even heard of! That is pretty scary!!!

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  6. I don't think I new there were so many kinds of sugar! I use a few of these, but it is really cool seeing all the different varieties.

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  7. Oh my God! So many types of sugar! I just knew of 3 types I think
    Thanks for this!

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  8. This was very informative. It definitely is helpful for individuals when they need to bake.

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  9. I didn't realize there were this many types of sugar! Definitely learning all kinds of new things about some of the sugars I did know.

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  10. I never knew that sugar existed in so many types since I just buy any that I find before me. Although I think that I use the standard granulated sugar.

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  11. To think there were a lot of different types of sugar. I know and use a few of them but never knew the other types. Great post, quite informative especially when baking.

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  12. Nice one, very educational. Yep it is a common notion for most to equate sweetness with sugar right away.

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  13. I haven't heard of so many sugar types before as I only know the standard white sugar and brown sugar. This is very interesting. Thanks for sharing this valuable information.

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  14. Hmmm been really curious about different sugars. God thing you discussed them here!

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  15. I always get so confused at the supermarket when i need sugar and see all the different types! thanks for clarifying everything with your post!

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  16. I am so, so careful when it comes to measuring and baking. I actually weight the ingredients and do find that it makes a difference. I think I have about 7 of the sugars listed. Maybe I should get some sanding sugar to rim a cocktail? Hmm...

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  17. I've no idea there are so many types of sugar before. This is good information and glad to learn something new today.

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  18. I knew of a few sugar types but didnt think there was this much. Now i know

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  19. Wow! I didn't know there were so many types of sugars!! Really interesting!

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  20. Wow I didn't realize that there so many different types of sugar. Thank you for sharing. <3

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  21. I knew of most of these, but some were new to me too. I mostly use brown sugar, granulated sugar, and confectioners sugar the most in my kitchen.

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  22. Wow, I had no idea there were quite so many different types of sugar!! Will have to remember this next time I have to add 'sugar' in a recipe!

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  23. This is so interesting! I never thought about all the different kinds of sugars there are - the problem is I think I love them all!

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  24. Wow! There a lots of sugar now I know! most of the time we're using Brown sugars thanks for very educational blog post from you!

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  25. That is a fantastic blog for "sugar learners"! I always want to know how many types of sugar were used to bake a cake! Thanks for sharing!

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  26. A couple of these were new to me! And yes, NEVER mess with the amount of sugar when baking. Or (as my poor MIL is known to do) forget it altogether!

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  27. I didn't know all the types of sugars. Which ones are the most unhealthy and which ones could be better for the health? I heard brown sugar is better than white sugar.

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  28. I have a few of these sugars in my cabinet but I didn't really know the difference. Helpful tutorial.

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  29. Pearl sugar is something I've been newly learning about and I all the difference between sugar fascinating!

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  30. This is so much great info about sugar! I love it!

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  31. I didn't even realize how many types of sugar there was! So crazy!

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  32. I've always been curious about all the different types - thanks for making it easy to understand!

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  33. Baking truly is such a precise science. And when you do one little thing off it creates problems. This is a great primer on getting to understand all of the sugars and how they work.

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  34. I know that in baking it is very important to use the amounts set in the recipe - I am a fan of dark and light brown sugar :)

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  35. This is so informative! I had no idea there were so many options.

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  36. Oh wow turbinando and pearl sugar are new to me, I think I just say brown and white only depends if I am trying to be specific.

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  37. Don't laugh but I only knew about two types of sugar white & brown. Your post taught me a lot though.

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  38. OMG! I havent heard of all thes types of sugars. Thank you for this informative post.

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  39. Now I thought I knew everything there was to know about sugar, and you taught me a thing or two. Great post!

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  40. wow...I didn't know that sugar could have 11 types. Thanks for giving deep information about sugar. I learnt something new from your post.

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  41. Mind blown! I had no idea that there were so many types of sugar. I literally knew white sugar, brown sugar, confectioner's sugar, and cane sugar. I have been living under a rock.

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  42. This is an awesome post. I have been a sugar addict most of my life but over the past few years I have worked to cut sugars out. Your list is very helpful.

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  43. I've never realised that there are so many types of sugar! I think that thanks to your article I'll reach more willingly for different kinds of sugar and I hope they will give some extra taste to my cakes! :)

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  44. I never knew there were so many different types of sugar! Thanks for breaking it down for a person that always thought "suger is sugar".

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  45. I didn't know there were so many types of sugars. I try to not use too much sugar. The only kind that I have in the house at the moment is brown sugar.

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  46. Wow, I am amazed! I am new to cooking and also I didn't know that sugars have so many types too. I only know white sugar, brown and muscovado. I am surprised to know there are a lot!

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  47. This is a good primer on sugar. And it's good to know for all the different kinds of baking there are. I really do prefer using brown sugar when baking though. The flavor is just so much more rich.

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  48. This is very useful info. Thanks for sharing about different types of sugar.

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  49. I have been baking gingerbread lately so i have used a lot of different sugars! muscovado light, dark, molasses, golden syrup, etc

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  50. Oh wow, I had no idea there are so many kinds of sugar! I am familiar with some because I bake.

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  51. This post is very informative never thought that sugar has that much types. Not an sugar person but great to know about various forms of sugar. Thanks for sharing this blog

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  52. Whoa! So many sugars. What we have here is refined, brown, and mascovado. We are the sugar capital of the Philippines.

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  53. I seriously had no clue there were so many different versions of sugar. I have been using all types, especially white less and less for health reason.

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