Sunday, July 5, 2015
Organo Gold is super proud of its products, and some of the most popular are not only brimming with beneficial ingredients such as antioxidant-rich Ganoderma lucidum and caffeine, they also have a touch of sweetness to curb those mid-afternoon cravings. We’re looking at you OG Gourmet Café Latte, OG Gourmet Café Mocha and OG K-Cups in Caramel Vanilla.
But not all of our products come pre-sweetened, which means that our customers are free to add their own preferred sweetener of choice to taste. Today there are a plethora of sweeteners on the market — from good old-fashioned cane sugar to modern alternatives such as stevia extract, agave syrup, coconut sugar, rice syrup, or nature’s own sweetener straight from the beehive – sweet honey.
Today on the koffie, we thought we’d take a look at the sweet smattering of options available to those who want to ‘sweeten the deal’ with some of their OG products. Here is a taste of the different types of popular sugars:
Granulated sugar is a highly refined, multi-purpose sugar. It’s also sometimes called refined, table, or white sugar. When people talk about “sugar,” this is usually what they’re talking about. Granulated sugar is made from sugarcane and sugar beets. It’s also one of the most common types of sugar used in baking.
Raw Cane Sugar
Unlike granulated sugar, which comes from sugarcane or sugar beets, cane sugar is produced solely from sugarcane and is minimally processed. It also has a slightly larger grain than granulated sugar, and has a darker color.
Turbinado is another type of minimally refined raw cane sugar. This sugar variety has large, medium-brown crystals, and is often mistaken for standard brown sugar, because of its color, though it’s not the same thing. Turbinado sugar has a delicate caramel flavor, is commonly used to sweeten beverages, and can also be used in baking.
Demerara sugar is a variety of raw cane sugar that is minimally refined. It has large grains, with an amber color, and a natural, subtle molasses flavor. It is often used to sweeten coffee or tea, and as a topping on baked goods, like muffins, scones, cookies, and cakes.
Also referred to as Barbados sugar, muscovado sugar is a variety of unrefined cane sugar in which the molasses is not removed. It comes in dark and light varieties, and has a sticky, wet, sandy texture with a rich, complex flavor. While muscovado sugar can be used as a substitute for brown sugar, its flavor is much stronger. It’s especially wonderful when used in barbecue sauce, marinades, and savory dishes. But we think a teaspoon of it in a cup of OG K-Cups Royal Brewed is just superb.