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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, September 12, 2001

Off the Shelf
Maui sugar has smoky, nutty flavor

Plantation white raw sugar, because it contains molasses, can provide complex flavor overtones.

Gregory Yamamoto • The Honolulu Advertiser

It's called plantation white raw sugar or washed raw sugar: It's sugar from Maui, produced by Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Co. It's a barely beige large-crystal sugar, lighter in color than turbinado sugar. Both contain some molasses, which means you get more than just a sweet flavor when you make cookies, muffins and quick breads; you get a vaguely smoky, nutty background taste as well.