Have you ever thought about what brown sugar is made from? Neither did I, until today.  Brown sugar is something we always, ALWAYS have in our cupboard, but because of some terrible twerk in the universe tonight, we didn’t.  I got to thinking, what exactly is brown sugar? I guess I always assumed it was sugar that comes from a different plant.  A very special dark plant.  Not so much.

Did you know it only takes two ingredients to make brown sugar at home? You probably already have them in your cupboard, and it only takes five minutes to make your own delicious brown sugar!

A little research told me that brown sugar is simply white sugar mixed with molasses.  THAT IS ALL.  That is the whole, 100% truth of brown sugar.  How silly.  Why have I been spending money on this silly little mixture that I could be making myself, in my own kitchen, with much better ingredients?  Well let me tell you, that is exactly what I did tonight, when I ran out of brown sugar and desperately needed it to make a coffee cake.  Yes, coffee cake is a desperate need.  If you don’t agree, you’ve never had it.

So, you may think making brown sugar at home is ridiculous, but let me tell you, it’s DELICIOUS.  The taste doesn’t even come close to that of store bought brown sugar.  Especially if you use high quality sugar and molasses for your mixture.  I used Natural Cane Sugar, which is very much like white sugar, except that it isn’t filtered through the bones of dead animals.  I like my foods to be as unprocessed as possible.  Also, it tastes better than white sugar.

Are you ready to learn how to make brown sugar for yourself? Here we go!

How to make brown sugar

I used Grandma’s Molasses for this, because it was what we had in the cupboard at the time.  If you have Blackstrap molasses, I would suggest using that nutritionally dense super food.

Making brown sugar at home

Do you have your two ingredients ready?  Here we go… use a ratio of one cup of sugar to one tablespoon of molasses.  I only made one cup of brown sugar here, but you make as much as you want!

make your own brown sugar

DIY brown sugar

Pop em’ in the bowl of your mixer and attach your whisk.  If you don’t have a mixer, whisking by hand, or mashing them together with a fork works just fine.  We just received this mixer from my amazing brother for our wedding, so I use it for everything ever.  I swear I would do my laundry with it if I could!

Make brown sugar

Start it up on low and progressively work your way to medium.  Whisk until you can’t identify any little bits of molasses anymore, for me it took about three minutes.

homemade brown sugar

Look at that beautiful brown sugar goodness! Don’t you just want to eat it with a spoon?  Well, you probably shouldn’t.  Instead put it in an airtight container and save it for tomorrow, when I’ll show you how to make THE BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES EVER!!!  I developed this recipe years ago, and up until now it’s been a tightly kept secret.  But I’ve decided these cookies are too good not to share with the world, so be prepared for a taste explosion.

Here’s a comparison shot so you can see how delicious my brown sugar looks and how gross the lump of store bought brown sugar looks:

Brown sugar: homemade vs store bought

When I finished this little experiment and showed my husband, he asked, ‘does it taste like brown sugar?’  I responded with, ‘It tastes like molasses mixed with sugar.’  I guess I’ve never straight up eaten a chunk of brown sugar before.  Now I can’t say that anymore.

Happy trails to all,

Meredith

P.S. If you would like to read more about how processed white and brown sugar is made, check out this article by Mother Earth News

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