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  • In my quest to discover all sweeteners across the United States, I found about 100 caloric sweeteners and list them below.

  • Caloric Sweetener is sugar in concentrated form produced from plant saps, including flower nectar extracted by bees, cereals & fruits.

  • Sources include cane, beet, flower nectar, agave, coconut and maple trees, sorghum, corn, barley, brown rice, dates, or fruit juices.

  • Caloric Sweeteners contain two major portions: sugar and water; i.e., is a solution of one or more sugars in concentrated form.

  • Honey is about 80% sugar. Maple syrup has about 66% sugar. Table sugar is 99.9% sugar. The remainder is mostly water.

  • The sugar portion is mainly composed of glucose, fructose and sucrose, no matter how it is produced and where it comes from.

  • Caloric sweeteners in solid form contain over 90 percent sugars and provide about 16 calories per teaspoon.

  • Caloric Sweeteners in liquid form contain over 50 percent sugars and provide about 22 calories per teaspoon.

  • All caloric sweeteners are natural (found in nature) and, except for raw honey comb, are processed and refined in one way or another.

  • The favorite of all sweeteners, table sugar (granulated white sugar, or simply sugar) is the most familiar & versatile caloric sweetener.

  • The term sugar can cause confusion as it has many definitions, so refer to my blog post What Is Sugar, Anyway? 

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I found


From Cane or Beet

Molasses are from Cane Only

  1. Granulated sugar (table sugar)

  2. Fine granulated sugar

  3. Extra fine granulated

  4. Superfine sugar (quick dissolve sugar)

  5. Ultrafine sugar (baker’s special, baker’s, or caster)

  6. Powdered sugar (confectioners sugar) +3% starch

  7. Fondant sugar (icing or frosting sugar) +3% starch

  8. Sparkling sugar

  9. Sanding sugar

  10. Light (golden) brown sugar

  11. Dark brown sugar

  12. Pourable brown sugar (Brownulated)

  13. White sugar cubes, tablets, gourmet sugars

  14. Rock sugar (sugar swizzle stick, sugar crystal)

  15. Brown rock sugar (sugar swizzle stick, sugar crystal)

  16. Simple syrup

  17. Invert syrup (medium invert, golden syrup)

  18. Full invert syrup

  19. Light molasses (mild molasses, Barbados molasses)

  20. Dark molasses (full molasses, medium molasses)

  21. Blackstrap molasses



All from Cane

  1. Washed or turbinado sugar, evaporated (dehydrated, dried) cane juice or syrup | Medium size crystals

  2. Demerara or turbinado sugar, evaporated (dehydrated, dried) cane juice or syrup | Coarse crystals

  3. Organic sugar

  4. Organic powdered (confectioners) sugar +3% starch

  5. Organic light brown sugar

  6. Organic dark brown sugar

  7. Demerara or raw sugar cubes

  8. Raw cane syrup (organic cane or invert syrup)

  9. Organic blackstrap molasses


All from Cane

  1. Unrefined or whole cane sugar

  2. Light muscovado sugar

  3. Dark muscovado sugar

  4. Jaggery

  5. Piloncillo

  6. Panela

  7. Sucanat

  8. Traditional cane syrup

  9. Traditional (open kettle or home style) molasses


  • Caloric sweeteners from sources other than cane & beet

  • Sources include flower nectar, tree saps, fruits, cereal/starch, milk

  1. Honey (Organic or Not / Raw or Not)

  2. Agave nectar (Blue or Salmiana / Light & Dark)

  3. Coconut or palm sugar

  4. Coconut nectar

  5. Maple syrup (Organic or Not / Golden, Amber, Dark, Very Dark)

  6. Maple sugar & cream (Organic or Not)

  7. Sorghum syrup

  8. Date sugar

  9. Date syrup

  10. Fruit juice concentrate

  11. Lucuma powder

  12. Barley malt syrup

  13. Brown rice syrup

  14. Cassava or tapioca syrup

  15. Glucose

  16. Lactose

  17. Fructose crystals

  18. High fructose corn syrup & corn syrups (Pancake or Waffle Syrups)

  19. Blends of caloric sweeteners (Agave Powder, Honey Granules)


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