7 types of sugar you need to know

The Ultimate Sugar Guide: 7 Types of Sugar You Need to Know

Sugar is something that we use every day. (Image credit: iStock)

Sugar is something that we use every day. Whether adding to our cups of tea or coffee, making desserts, making glazes, or even adding to cocktails, it serves many purposes. Not only this, but there are different types of sugars available in the market which are suitable for every purpose. While shopping for sugar, you might have seen many packs that come with labels like ‘Demerara’, ‘Muscovado’, ‘Caster’ sugar etc. This can make it quite confusing as to which one to choose. What is it that makes them stand apart? Let us help you and learn about these sugars in detail so that you can decide which one best suits your cooking or baking needs:
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Here are 7 different types of sugar you should know about:

1. Granulated sugar

Whenever we think of sugar, granulated sugar is the first thing that comes to mind. Also known as white sugar, it is the most commonly used sugar for everyday cooking and baking. It contains medium-sized sugar crystals that do not stick together. This makes it great for handling in bulk, but not for recipes that require you to dissolve sugar.

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2. Powdered sugar

As the name suggests, it is powdered sugar. This is simply a powdered version of granulated sugar that has been ground into a smooth powder. It usually contains a small amount of cornstarch to prevent the sugar from clumping together. Powdered sugar is ideal for creams and icings.

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3. Castor Sugar

Caster sugar is basically granulated sugar, but of a much finer consistency. Sugar crystals are much smaller in size than granulated sugar. However, they are not as fine as powdered sugar. So, caster sugar falls somewhat in between these two categories.

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4. Brown Sugar

Brown sugar contains more molasses than regular white sugar. This is what gives this sugar its characteristic brown color. Brown sugar comes in two different varieties: light brown and dark brown. The lighter one contains slightly less jaggery than its darker counterpart. It is ideal for use in baking and making glazes.

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5. Demerara Sugar

Demerara sugar is commonly served with tea and coffee in cafes. It has light golden brown colored coarse grains, which comes from the natural jaggery present in it. It is minimally processed and is a good choice for making baked goods such as muffins and dry cakes.

6. Turbinado Sugar

Turbinado sugar and Demerara sugar are very similar to each other. Both of them have coarse grains, but turbinado sugar has slightly finer grains. It also contains less jaggery, but the difference is minor. In general, both these sugars can be used interchangeably.

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7. Muscovado Sugar

Muscovado sugar is quite different from all the other types of sugar mentioned above. It has a sticky and sandy texture and a rich flavor of jaggery. It has a toffee-like flavor and is perfect for adding to brownies and cookies. It can be used in place of brown sugar, but it has a slightly stronger taste.

So, the next time you decide which sugar to choose in cooking and baking, you will know exactly which sugar to use.

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