What is Muscovado Sugar & How to Use It?

(Last Updated On: January 17, 2012)

I think we often don’t think about the things we buy. When was the last time you had a second thought about sugar. It’s something we just go to the store and buy, whether it be regular white granulated or brown sugar. We typically scan the shelves for the cheapest option and go with that. But there is more out there than just the regular white and brown sugar. And some of the options may be better for you. Today, I want to take some time to talk about another type of sugar out there, they you might be missing out on – Muscovado sugar. I first discovered this sugar during my time working for Zingerman’s Bakehouse. They use it in some of their recipes.

What is Muscovado Sugar?
Muscovado sugar is a unrefined sugar. It is sometimes called Barbados sugar. It is a dark colored sugar that at first may look like traditional brown sugar, but once you get a taste, oh man your taste buds will come alive. It has a kind of caramelly fudgy like taste. You see when they make muscovado sugar, the molasses remains in the sugar crystals. This differs from traditional brown sugar, which is just white sugar with some molasses added back in. Muscovado is brown sugar in a more natural form. Since it’s not refined, there are some nutrients in the sugar, that you won’t find in brown sugar. Now this doesn’t mean you can get a ton of it, sugar is ok in moderation. But you can fell a little bit better about enjoying muscovado.

How to Use Muscovado Sugar
It can be used as a replacement for brown sugar, in 1 to 1 ratio. Use it the next time you make cookies. Ginger cookies and sugar cookies would be wonderful choices. I like to use it with a bowl of Cheerios. Sprinkle a little bit on top, and that’s what I call breakfast. The Muscovado adds character than brown sugar never could.

What to Do If Your Muscovado Sugar Gets Hard?
Just like brown sugar does, Muscovado can harden up on you (problem might be even worse). The easiest solution is to place a damp (not soaking wet) wash cloth over top the sugar overnight. This should soften it up for you.

Where is Muscovado Sugar Made?
This sugar is most often produced in places like Philippines and Barbados. The Muscovado sugar I purchased is from the island of Mauritius.

Where to Buy Muscovado Sugar
This sugar can be difficult to find. I don’t seem to be able to find it in most large chain supermarkets. But if you head to a more specialty market, you should be able to find it there. Of course you can always purchase it from a vendor online.

So I encourage you to give it Muscovado a try. It does come with a higher price tag, so you may not be able to completely switch to it, but it’s a nice substitute to use whenever you can (I am definitely not settling for brown sugar on my Cheerios again)

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