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Sugar cubes and granules

Most sugar sold in France is made from sugar beets, ever since Napoleon ordered the French to plant them to make their own sugar during the Continental blockade. Much of it is grown in northern France.

Kinds of sugar

cassonade: unrefined light brown sugar; same as Demerara

mélasse: molasses

muscovado: dark partially unrefined cane sugar with a molasses content. Good in barbecue sauces

pain du sucre: sugar loaf

pâte à sucre: sugar paste (used for making cake decorations)

sirop de sucre (also called nappe): thread stage sugar syrup, used to make jams or a base for fruit punches.

sirop sucre de canne: simple syrup (for cockails)

Carrés de sucre à la crème
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Sweet stuff

Text © Dana Facaros

Images by Jeangagnon, Marco Verch Professional Photographer