Sugar and Sweetener Buying Guide

Buying Guide

Sugar is responsible for so much more than providing the sweet flavor that we've come to know it for. It facilitates the caramelization process, balances the acidity in foods, and contributes to the appearance, flavor, and viscosity of glazes, sauces, and marinades. Additionally, in baking applications, sugar seals the deal between a good confectionary creation and an unforgettable one, adding sweetness, retaining moisture, prolonging freshness/shelf life, aiding in the creaming process, and imparting color and flavor to crusts.

Different types of sugar will help you achieve a different desired end product, and this helpful sugar and sweetener guide will help you select the right type to meet your needs.

Before you begin, take note that the flavor intensity of sweeteners typically corresponds with the color – the darker the sugar or syrup, the more concentrated the flavor.

Splenda No Calorie Sweetener Packet 2000 / Case

Artifical sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners are sugar substitutes with non-nutritive values. They include (but are not limited to), Aspartame, Acesulfame-K, Saccharin, and Sucralose.

Great For: Use as a sugar substitute, but be aware of which application is best for the sweetener you are working with. For instance, Aspartame is not recommended for all baking and cooking applications, as it loses sweetness when baked at high temperatures for a long period of time. Acesulfame-K and Saccharin, however, may both be used in cooking and baking without losing sweetness. Sucralose may not work well in recipes such as certain cakes that rely upon sugar for structure, and finished recipes that use sucralose may require refrigeration

Brown Sugar

Brown Sugar

Brown sugar is composed of refined, granulated sugar with some impurities remaining or molasses added. It is somewhat moist, and comes in two varieties – light and dark. Dark brown sugar has the most intense molasses flavor of the two.

Great For: Use in baking, pastry, sauces, and savory applications

Confectioners' (Powdered)/10X Sugar

Confectioners' (Powdered)/10X Sugar

Confectioners' (powdered) and 10X sugars are pure refined sugars that are ground into a fine, white powder with a minimal amount of cornstarch added to prevent clumping. These sugars are differentiated by their degrees of fineness, from XX to 14X, with 14X sugar being the finest of the powdered sugars.

10X is the standard confectioners' sugar found in grocery stores. It is one of the finer grinds of powdered sugars and is most commonly used in frosting, whipped cream, candy and dusting, and finishing pastries. When water is added, this powdered sugar forms a glaze that can be dribbled on cakes and other treats.

14X sugar, or superfine sugar, is the finest grind of powdered sugar. It will have a high dissolving capacity and is often used in cocktail recipes such as mojitos, Tiki drinks, and a variety of rum based beverages. This sugar also makes a great sweetener for iced tea, or even coffee and hot tea. Also use it in baking!

Great For: Use in baking and pastries, as well as for use in icings, confections, beverages, and decorative garnishing

Rokz Pina Colada Cocktail Rim Sugar - 5 oz.

Flavored (Rimming) Sugar

Flavored sugar, or rimming sugar, is composed of a sugar with added flavoring. It is most often used to flavor and color the rims of margarita glasses and martini glasses.

Great For: Garnishing cocktails

Granulated/White Sugar

Granulated/White Sugar

Granulated, or white, sugar is pure, refined cane or beet sugar. It comes in small, white granules, and is available in a variety of sizes, from coarse (crystal/decorating) to superfine (14X), cubes to tablets.

Great For: Use in baking, pastry, sauces, and savory applications

Jaggery/Palm Sugar

Jaggery/Palm Sugar

Jaggery, or palm, sugar is unrefined from palm tree sap or sugarcane for a dark, coarse sugar byproduct. It is available in several forms, two of which are most popular – soft/spreadable and solid.

Great For: Indian cuisine, or for use as a spread for breads. Also a great additive in baking, confections, and sweets

Maple Sugar

Maple Sugar

Maple sugar is made of maple sap, a liquid that is boiled until near evaporation resulting in a product that is much sweeter than granulated sugar.

Great For: Use in baking, as well as for use as a sweet additive to cereals, yogurt, coffee, and tea

Piloncillo Sugar

Piloncillo Sugar

Piloncillo is an unrefined, hard, compressed sugar from Mexico. It is medium to dark brown in color, and comes in .75 oz. to 9 oz. cones. There are two varieties of piloncillo – blanco (lighter) and oscuro (darker).

Great For: Use as a substitute for dark brown sugar

Sugar In The Raw 5 Gram Packets 1200/Case

Raw Sugar

Raw sugar is purified, sugarcane residue, available in several varieties. Demerara is comprised of coarse white sugar crystals with the addition of molasses syrup. Barbados/Muscovado features moist, dark, fine-textured grains. Finally, Turbinado features steam-cleaned, light brown coarse grains.

Great For: Coarse grains are best suited for decorating and for use as a sweet additive, whereas fine-textured grains are great for use as a substitute for light brown sugar

Regal Foods 1 Gram Natural Stevia Packet - 1000/Case


Stevia is a South American herb used as a natural sweetener for centuries. The leaves of the Stevia rebaudiana plant have a refreshing taste, zero glycemic index, zero calories, and zero carbs. It is 25-30 times sweeter than sugar and provides a natural option for sweetening beverages and foods.

Great For: Use as a sugar substitute



Sugarcane is the source of sugar. It is a member of the grass family and is made edible by boiling. Sugarcane is available in stalks and is less sweet than granulated sugar.

Great For: Snacks and garnishes

Finest Call Premium Agave Nectar Syrup Drink Mix 1 Liter

Agave Nectar Syrup

Agave nectar syrup is a fast-dissolving sweetener that is commercially produced from several species of agave, including Agave tequilana (blue agave) and Agave salmiana. It is 1.5 times sweeter than sugar and tends to be thinner and flow more freely than honey. Agave nectar is sold in light, amber, dark, and raw varieties, with light and raw having a mild, almost neutral flavor, amber having a medium-intensity, caramel flavor, and dark having a strong caramel flavor.

Great For: Use as a sugar or honey substitute in desserts, poultry, meat, and seafood dishes, or as a sweetener in cold beverages such as iced tea; also good for use as a binding agent in some breakfast cereals or for use straight out of the bottle as a topping for pancakes, waffles, and French toast

Golden Barrel 1 Qt. Light Corn Syrup - 12/Case

Corn Syrup

Corn syrup is liquefied sugar created by processing cornstarch. It is available in three varieties that all inhibit crystallization – light (clarified to remove color), dark (color added, caramel flavor), and high fructose. Corn syrup is less sweet than granulated sugar, and the darker the syrup, the more intense the flavor.

Great For: Use in bakery, pastry, and confections applications, as well as for use in spreads

Flavored Syrup

Flavored Syrup

Flavored syrup is composed of a sugar or other syrup with added flavoring. Flavor varieties include fruit, nut, spice, chocolate, and caramel.

Great For: Use in bakery, pastry, and savory applications, as well as for use in beverages



Honey is a thick, sweet liquid from flower nectar. It is produced by bees and can vary from pale yellow to dark brown in color. Honey's flavor intensifies as the color deepens. There are countless varieties of honey, each named according to the specific flower, and each is available in comb, chunk-style, liquid, or whipped form.

Great For: Use in bakery, pastry, and savory applications, as well as for use in beverages and spreads

Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup

Maple syrup is the result of boiled maple tree sap. It is golden brown in color and possesses a unique flavor.

Great For: Accompanying pancakes, waffles, and French toast, as well as for use in bakery, pastry, confections and savory applications

Golden Barrel 1 Qt. Sulfur-Free Blackstrap Molasses - 12/Case


Molasses is the liquid byproduct of sugar refining. It comes in three varieties – light (first boil), dark (second boil), and blackstrap (third boil, darkest and thickest). Molasses's flavor and aroma both intensify as the color deepens.

Great For: Accompanying pancakes, waffles, and French toast, as well as for use in bakery, pastry, and savory applications