Black Sugar on the Go!

April 27, 2010 at 2:20 pm Leave a comment

What a coincidence. The other day, I happened to get the same omiyage (souvenir gift) from two different friends visiting from Japan. I’d understand if it was a pair of lacquer chopsticks or a folding fan — you know, cheesy traditional stuff they think Americans would enjoy — but on both counts it was a bag of black sugar! Now why in the world would people give me black sugar? We’re talking straight up sugar cubes.:

Well, after a little bit of net-sleuthing I found that black sugar (aka, kokuto, or what we call brown sugar in the U.S.) is a popular candy in Japan mainly because it’s one of the few nutritious sweets out there. It’s rich in calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorous and other minerals and, believe it or not, it has less calories than regular sugar!

Well, after a little bit of net-sleuthing I found that black sugar (aka, kokuto, or what we call brown sugar in the U.S.) is a popular candy in Japan mainly because it’s one of the few nutritious sweets out there. It’s rich in calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorous and other minerals and, believe it or not, it has less calories than regular sugar!

This particular bag ‘o sweetness is green tea-flavored. I have another sprinkled with kinako powder, which tastes like peanut butter. I know, it’s weird to bite into a cube of pure sugar, but when I think about it it’s much better than most things I put in my mouth. So now whenever I need a quick boost of energy, all I do is reach in my purse for a cube of black sugar!

Himawari

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