Our Sweet Blog / sugar

  • New Product Line Officially Launched!

    Break out your bottle of absinthe! You've heard about it for almost a year, and now it's here! Austin Sugarworks is proud to announce the rollout of our Absinthe Minded™ sugar line, a new line of sugars especially suited for use with absinthe. Our first shape is the lonestar shape, which is an existing Austin Sugarworks shape that we've found to be just the right size for absinthe...not too large, not too small. It is also fun to watch dissolve (fully) on the spoon! No more jamming the spoon into the clump of sugar that refuses to budge! Order one...

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  • Happy Sankranthi (Pongal) to Sugar-Lovers in India or Anywhere!

    Part of my reasoning for starting this blog is to share anything I've learned about sugar with interested others. It turns out there is a festive, sugar-filled holiday that is celebrated on January 14 of each year in India, Sankranti. According to our friendly Wikipedia editors, "All over the country, Makar Sankranti is observed with great fanfare. However, it is celebrated with distinct names and rituals in different parts of the country." In Southern India, the holiday is called "Pongal" and it is a major harvest festival, and I've been so lucky to have some Southern Indians come by my...

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  • The Sweet History of Sugar in Texas

    Saw a great article on the shaping of many parts of Texas through sugar cane in the holiday issue of Edible Austin. Great read for fans of sweet history, even if it does leave out *ahem* a certain local sugar artisan. The holiday season is upon us and—love it or hate it—sugar is a major component in seasonal culinary celebrations from Halloween through New Year’s Day. Regardless of what you think about sugar and its place in the modern diet, the fact remains that it’s played an enormous role in culinary, economic and political history. Food-science writer Harold McGee wrote,...

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  • Sugar and Behavior in Kids

    Photo credit: Henry M. Diaz on Flickr I love sugar as much as the next gal, but as a Mom, I often wonder about it's reputation among parents. It seems that the second kids get rowdy at a birthday party, inevitably one of the parents will make a joke about "the sugar kicking in." However, did you know that more than a dozen studies have shown that when you give kids high doses of sugar (vs. a sugar substitute), there's no difference in their behavior? Parents magazine reports that this parenting myth (Giving kids sugar makes them hyper) was believed...

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