Chemistry in the Kitchen


So what is molasses, then?

Molasses is the byproduct of refining sugarcane. In one of the crystallization steps, the brown liquid that is left behind is concentrated into a syrup known as molasses. The molasses you may have used in cooking or baking is from sugarcane. Sugar beet molasses has a lot of other chemicals and it tastes terrible to us; not everyone seems to mind though—it’s a common additive to animal feed.


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