Questions about sugar or substitutions for it for culinary purposes.

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Does liquid glucose contain as much fructose as high fructose corn syrup?

Does liquid glucose contain fructose in the same ratio as high fructose corn syrup?
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Why is there sugar in a seven-layer salad?

I just discovered the existence of the seven-layer salad. It looks nice to me, but when I was looking for recipes, one thing caught my eye: all recipes that I came across added 1 to 2 tablespoons of ...
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Chocolate used for decoration

I melted once a chocolate bar and decorated with it my eclairs, while it was hot and melting, after putting them in the refregirator, they cooled fine, but they were a little bit sugary although the ...
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Forgot to add sugar to cookies

When making chocolate chip cookies, I forgot to add white sugar while I was creaming the butter and brown sugar. I creamed the butter and brown sugar, had just cracked the egg into the mixture when I ...
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Exact proportions of sugar to water in sorbet

I am planning to make a sorbet from a cordial which I'm going to make (essentially a flavoured syrup). What proportion of sugar to water to I need to create a smooth, small-crystalled sorbet? Please ...
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Why would using oil make muffins less sweet?

I've been wondering, what makes muffins less sweet when using oil? (instead of butter?) In this case, a muffin mix tells me to use butter. The alternative (to make "american style" muffins) is to use ...
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What is the purpose of the sugar in ketchup?

Most ketchup recipes - even homemade ones - include several tablespoons of sugar. Commercial ketchup often has lots of high-fructose corn syrup. What purpose does all of this sugar serve in a ...
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What's the point of using sugar in savory dishes?

I never get why people add a sweet substance to a savory dish. Especially in something like a a curry or noodles. People say it balances out the flavors. But which flavor is it actually balancing out? ...
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Why is there cornstarch in powdered sugar?

I was looking up how to make my own powdered/confectioner/icing sugar. Some 'recipes' say that you should add a bit of cornstarch while others just leave this out. So what is the role of cornstarch? ...
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Texture issue in homemade powdered sugar

The other day I was making marshmallows and ran into a multitude of problems -- broken candy thermometers, overheated mixers, syrup spill, you name it. I thought I'd escaped the clutches of fate and ...
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Can I substitute brown or confectioner's sugar for granulated sugar in sugar cookies?

I'm making sugar cookies and I have ran out of granulated sugar. I only have confectioner's sugar and dark brown sugar left. Can I substitute one of these for white granulated sugar? Which would be ...
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Are there differences when working with light-colored palm sugar versus dark?

Depending where I get my palm sugar from, it's either light brown colored and quite hard (pictured left), or a very dark brown color and much softer (on the right). Are these different types of ...
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Can I make sweetened coconut from dried coconut?

In my pantry, I have a bag of dried & shredded coconut. I want to use it, but all recipes I come across ask for sweetened coconut. That coconut also looks a lot more moist than mine. Is there a ...
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How to cream when there is more sugar than butter in the recipe?

I am accustomed to creaming sugar and butter, but the recipes I have used until now had more butter than sugar. This time, I tried a cookie recipe which had 180 g sugar and 75 g butter. It was ...
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What is the fastest appliance/utensil to cream butter and sugar with?

I have: but even with the whisk on the stand mixer, it seems to take for ages compared to when I was a kid and used a: I'm using room temp butter and mix it for 10-20 seconds before starting ...
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Why does cold coffee taste sweeter with the same amount of sugar?

I have observed that the same amount of sugar tastes differently in hot and in cold coffee. If I drink hot coffee, I feel I can add more and more sugar, without it tasting too sweet. However, cold ...
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My cake crumbled on the top and took very long time to cook

This time I didn't have much white sugar, so I added half cup brown and half cup white sugar to my carrot cake. I observed that the cake crumbled on the top with large cracks, and took very long time ...
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What fruits have a low sugar content?

I like to make fruit salads for desert. However, a few people I know can't eat that much sugar, so I would like to create a fruit salad which has a low sugar content. Typically, as a base for the ...
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Does the type of sugar make a difference when making chocolate?

I was checking some sites on how to make chocolate myself. I should start with mixing cocoa butter, cocoa powder and sugar (and milk powder if I would make milk chocolate). Most sites mention "sugar". ...
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Why do Asian savory recipes call for a few pinches of sugar?

I've got a few Asian recipes (e.g. Mongolian lamb and Singapore duck) that request only ⅛ teaspoon of sugar for a meal fit for 2 or 3 people. That feels too little to affect sweetness. Are ...
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Why did my Turkish Delight come out flavorless?

Yesterday I made Turkish Delight, and today I cut it into squares and tasted it. This was the recipe: 330 ml liquid (apple juice, from freshly cold-pressed apples, strong flavor) A small amount of ...
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What is the right moment to add sugar to make my own coffee liqueur?

I've been looking for a good coffee liqueur recipe. In some places they add sugar and water before you store the liqueur for a few days or weeks, and others say to add the sugar and water after it. ...
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What difference would using Rock Sugar make in tea?

I like my tea sweet, and generally add several cubes of white sugar. Teavana sells rock sugar, which it claims is somehow "better" while being vague on what that means. Is it sweeter? Less sweet? ...
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What is a close alternative to Graeffe brown sugar?

Maybe it's because I'm Belgian and grew up with the Graeffe brown sugar, but I've always found it superior to the hard/crystalline brown sugar you find in stores in the US. Is there a brand close to ...
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Boiled sugar disaster?

I attempted to make some hard sugar to use as windows for gingerbread houses. I thought I could do it without a candy thermometer as I have before, but obviously not. I tested it in ice water and it ...
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How to prevent a vinegar taste when poaching eggs (using vinegared water)

How does one remove the vinegar taste from eggs that are poached in water with vinegar added? Would rinsing the eggs in a sugar solution help?
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What does pulling on syrup (in the semi-solid state) do to the texture/taste?

I have seen this done at candy shops before, where the syrup is pulled/stretched 10s of times before they are allowed to cool off. What chemically does this do to the sugar? How does this affect the ...
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Is raffinose broken down into its component sugars when cooked?

Raffinose is a sugar found in legumes that is indigestible by humans. Which is great, because I'm looking for a sweetener that 1) won't raise blood sugar and 2) doesn't have a bitter aftertaste and ...
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How does “Brownulated” light brown sugar compare with regular light brown sugar?

I'm assuming that the granulated sugar in the bag is easier to work with and won't turn into a hard block. It's also more expensive than the boxed kind. Are there any other differences, e.g. in the ...
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Nut brittle -what went wrong?

I'm preparing to make pumpkin seed brittle, and I notice the recipe is very similar to the peanut brittle recipe I used before. Unfortunately, it turned out awful! The sugar never quite turned "light ...
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How to sweeten pickled ginger to be served with sushi?

I bought a jar of pickled ginger from the local asian food market to go along with the sushi I have been preparing at home. This texture of this ginger is harder, and the taste much bitter. This is ...
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How to minimise sugar in meringue

My wife just complained that she can't eat my meringue because they have too much sugar in them. She suggested I cook them with less sugar. However, without sugar the meringue won't work right. What ...
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How to Make Nutella Icing without Powdered Sugar

I received so many good tips on how to make a sugarless no-bake cheesecake: How to Replace Icing Sugar in a No-Bake Cheesecake As a final touch I want to put Nutella frosting on top of the cake. A ...
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How to Replace Icing Sugar in a No-Bake Cheesecake

Are there any good substitutes for sugar in Cheesecakes? I am not interested in synthetic sugar like Aspartame. I want to use natural sugar substitute like honey. But if mix honey into the cheese ...
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Sugar in Indian curries?

I've seen that sugar is used to balance out other flavors in a dish. I was just wondering if I could add a little sugar to a spicy curry(chicken curry, for example). Would that take away the authentic ...
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How can I mill / press sweet sorghum with household equipment?

I grew sweet sorghum this year as it looked like the easiest way to grow "sugar" in New England. Now I've harvested it, but I'm hard pressed (ha ha) to find a way to mill it with generally available ...
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Why does adding sugar to sour things cause them not to be sour?

This is one of those things which I've always thought to be obvious and never really noticed as strange. "Obviously", if you add sugar to something sour, it makes something sweet. Take for instance ...
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How do I make liquid glucose from powdered glucose

I recently decided to make something that required liquid glucose, 140g of it. No problem in general, but for some reason none of my usual suppliers had stock (even tried pharmacies). The closest I ...
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What is the purpose of vinegar in this lollipop recipe?

I found a recipe for lollipops. It uses 2:2:1 ratio of sugar:water:vinegar. What exactly is the role of vinegar in it? The recipe was: 10 spoons of granulated/crystalic sugar 10 spoons of ...
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Sugar forming tiny bubbles in microwaved coffee?

When I heat up coffee in the microwave and then pour in sugar, a layer of tiny dense bubbles forms at the top of the glass and stays there for the duration of the drinking, diminishing slightly over ...
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Is there any flavor difference in heated sugar (e.g. cotton candy)?

A friend writes: Why do people continue to think that cotton candy is a flavor? It's spun sugar with food coloring. It tastes like... sugar. Now I'm curious. Ignoring for a moment any possible ...
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What can I do with batter that has lumpy sugar in it?

I was making a scratch cake, and my sugar (to my chagrin) was inferior. When I beat it into the batter, it turned into many tiny lumps. Has anyone ever figured out how to solve this problem? I beat ...
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Brown sugar instead of white sugar

I want to replace a white (granulated) sugar in a recipe with brown sugar. Is this a one to one substitution? The original recipe calls for 2 cups white sugar. Can I replace with 2 cups brown ...
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How can I make coffee syrup with caramel taste?

I have seen several recipes for coffee syrup, but none of them with a simple caramel taste. Is getting the caramel taste as easy as using brown sugar instead of white sugar, or do I need to find some ...
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What is liquid glucose?

Two days ago, I was making ganache as a topping for cupcakes. I needed, as expected, cream and chocolate. But '1 teaspoon of liquid glucose' was also on the list of ingredients (for 12 cupcakes). I ...
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What nutritional differences are there between honey and table sugar (sucrose)?

My girlfriend has been putting honey in my coffee instead of sugar. She says it is better for me, but she can't give me an explanation I understand. I think she is being influenced by someone she ...
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How can I extract palm sugar from a container?

I have a plastic tub with a screwtop lid, full of palm sugar. It's a 500g tub, about 10cm high and about 10cm diameter. Usually I buy the individual cubes of palm sugar and this time I thought I'd ...
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How do you control the caramelization of sugar?

How do you control sugar caramelization?
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secret of making maple candy (texture)?

I make small quantities (<10L) of my own maple syrup, and have always wanted to make maple candy, but the two times I tried, it did not work out very well. The ideal consistency of the end product ...
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Do I need sugar for zabaglione?

I want to make zabaglione and think that the taste could benefit if I sweeten it with honey instead of sugar. But I am not sure whether the sugar crystals have a physical effect on the fluffing up. ...