… When There’s Just No Substitute for Real Sugar.
I’m trying really hard to cut back my sugar intake, especially refined sugar. But I have to be honest with you, the saying, “Old habits die hard” really rings true here. I’m trying to not eat as many sweets, and when I make sweets I try to use fruit puree, agave, or honey when applicable. But sometimes sugar is just needed, right? When that’s the case, I make the best of a good thing.
I’ve started using a new sugar, Morena® Pure Cane Sugar by Zulka®. It really adds a delicious flavor beyond granulated white sugar, kind of a caramel-like subtle sweetness that is not pronounced, but seems to give more richness and depth to the sweetness than plain white sugar, but not to the extent of brown sugar. I’ve been using it for about six months now and I don’t think I’m ever going back to plain white sugar. And while this sugar feels more like a sugar that should be in the “foodie” category, I found it at Wal-Mart for pennies more than your standard C&H sugar.
One of my taste-testers with the most honed-in palate (he knows when I’ve changed anything in a recipe) keeps asking what I’ve done differently in my sugar-containing recipes. He says, “This is really good … better than normal, but what did you change. I can’t tell.” He usually figures changes out right away; I think I’ll keep him guessing on this one a bit longer.
Zulka® states, “Morena® is an all natural, unrefined and NON-GMO pure cane sugar that is made by squeezing and evaporating the juice from freshly harvested sugar. The result is a golden sweet crystal that tastes like biting into fresh sugar cane.” I wish I’d tasted sugar cane so I could corroborate this claim. Each sweet teaspoon has 4g Total Carbohydrates and 16 calories, quite comparable to standard white table sugar. Again, I’m not saying sugar is an ingredient I want to promote as being healthful, but when you’re going to use it, at least let’s make it taste the best it can. What I love is that it substitutes perfectly cup for cup in any recipe. I really like not having to do conversions, don’t you agree? We do enough of that in gluten-free, dairy-free recipes, right?
If you’re buying sugar on your next grocery trip, perhaps give Zulka Morena® a try. Your coffee and baked goodies (and tastebuds) might thank you. Note: This is NOT a sponsored product review. Just something I wanted to share.
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