I've done more baking in the last 2 weeks than I did over the entire holiday season. The whole being at home thing and staying close to the refrigerator most of the time has been very real. I'm positive pajama pants have given me a false sense of security as well. So, I figured I would revisit an older product review.
For $3.49, it's not as cheap as regular brown sugar from most big box grocery stores. The premium here is for organic labeling.
But what also makes this item unique is that it isn't quite light brown and it isn't quite dark brown sugar. It sits neatly between those two varieties.
This has much larger granules of sugar as compared to other brands of brown sugar. I've used this primarily for cookies and it works very well, I personally prefer it to Domino or store brands of brown sugar.
In the applications I've used it in, it seems to retain a more crisp or crunch texture. And because it is slightly darker than regular light brown sugar it adds more of an assertive molasses flavoring.
If I have to complain about something here, it would be the packaging. The zip-top here doesn't always work well for me. It seems little granules of sugar get stuck in it. This leads to the bag not being fully closed, which then leads to hardening.
Making your own
So, if you are like me looking to cut back on the number of trips to the store you are making (thereby using up everything you have in the house first), then at the bottom I've included some recipes. If your household is suddenly running low or without this pantry staple, don't worry, with 2 ingredients you can make your own at home.
Oh, don't have those 2 ingredients? That's ok, that post has a full list of substitutions, recipe ideas, how to bring a brick of brown sugar back to life, and how to store this product properly so hopefully, you won't need those directions.
Would I buy this again? Trader Joe's Organic Brown sugar is a staple item in my household. It's good stuff and I do recommend it for baking. I've bought Trader Joe's Organic Light Brown Sugar several times in fact.
A visual overview
The bag of Trader Joe's Organic Light Brown Sugar:
Calories and ingredients
About this product:
Comparing brown sugars
If you can't make it to the store
Become Betty's Guide on How to Make Brown Sugar (plus how to make your own, recipe inspiration that are sweet and savory, storage, and softening ideas)
Ideas for Brown Sugar
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies
The Bottom Line
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Trader Joe's Organic Light Brown Sugar
Product Name: Trader Joe's Organic Light Brown Sugar
Product Description: Trader Joe's Organic Brown Sugar is a pantry and baking staple.
Trader Joe's Organic Light Brown Sugar is a pantry staple in my household.
- Tasty brown sugar
- Works well as a substitute for both brown sugar and dark brown sugar.
- Cheaper to make at home with 2 ingredients
I love this sugar! I use it in most of my baking.