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November 4, 2015

Which sweetener and why

WHLSME_LiveSweetly_WhichSugarsWhich_v4Eeny, meeny, miny, moe might work in some situations choosing between two restaurants on a busy weeknight or deciding on a classic movie to re-watch. But it doesnt work for sweeteners. Even if theyre organic, non-GMO and Fair Trade, powdered cane sugar is different from blue agave syrup.

For professional and home chefs alike, thats good news. The way chef Gale Gand sees it, different flavor profiles and cooking characteristics mean more options in the kitchen.

“I cant think of another ingredient quite like sugar“, she notes. “It’s malleable, with a lot of science involved. Sugar helps make a cake fluffy, for instance, but it can also be used to create a delicate crust. Because ratios are so exact, I measure ingredients by the gram. A moist, full-flavored bread, for instance, isn’t just calling for dark brown sugar because it has a higher molasses content. It’s calling for a specific amount. Thats the science. The bonus is what I find with Wholesome! organic a fuller taste with more depth.“

Heres a quick introduction to several key sweeteners. To become even better acquainted, try the suggested recipe for each one.

Organic Cane Sugar made from fresh sugar cane juice, evaporated and crystalized. Get Recipe: Chocolate Intensity Cake with Coffee Creme Sauce

Organic Light Brown Sugar perfect for all your baking needs and great on oatmeal. Get Recipe: Pear Streusel Coffee Cake

Organic Powdered Sugar corn-free; blended with organic tapioca to prevent clumping. Get Recipe: Cream Cheese Frosting

Organic Sucanat® unrefined; contains trace amounts of iron, calcium, vitamin B6 and more. Get Recipe: Sucanat Fudge Cake

Organic Blue Agave 25 percent sweeter than sugar so less is needed. Get Recipe: Blue Agave Margarita

Organic Coconut Palm Sugar sourced from small farmer cooperatives in Indonesia. Get Recipe: Brookies – Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies

Organic Coconut Palm Syrup sustainably harvested year-round; trees are tapped, not cut down. Get Recipe: Fiery Asian Chicken Pasta