How Many Cups of Brown Sugar Are in a Box?

Depending on the manufacturer, a typical 1-pound box of brown sugar provides between 2 1/4 and 2 1/2 cups of densely packed brown sugar. Brown sugar in larger quantities is typically sold in plastic bags.

Brown sugar is created by isolating sucrose from either sugar cane or sugar beet juice that has been reduced. Brown sugar, which is also sometimes referred to as raw or natural sugar, is the sugar crystals that remain after the liquid that results from their removal is known as molasses. Both materials can be improved upon. White sugar can be made from raw sugar and more sucrose can be extracted from molasses.

Brown sugar can also be produced from white sugar by combining it with some molasses, in addition to raw brown sugar. Brown sugar has a deeper flavour and is moister than white table sugar, which makes it pack more tightly. Molasses is either added to white sugar or is what naturally exists in the less-refined raw sugar.

However, light and dark brown sugars are more moist than raw sugar. To keep its wetness, it should be kept in an airtight container. By weight, molasses makes up 3.5 percent of light brown sugar and 6.5 percent of dark brown sugar. If a recipe calls for just brown sugar, it calls for light brown sugar.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.

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