Did you know that you can make your own brown sugar?! Both dark and light varieties of brown sugar require exactly two ingredients which makes it a supremely easy and economical DIY project. Whether you need just a little brown sugar in a pinch or you want to stock up for the future, homemade is the way to go. The result is fresher and fluffier and since you made it yourself, you'll have the peace of mind of knowing precisely what's going into it.

Ingredients Needed

  • Granulated Cane Sugar
  • Molasses (1 Tbsp per cup of sugar)


  1. Pour your ingredients into a medium sized bowl.
  2. Mix them together thoroughly with a fork or mixer until there are no more clumps or globs of molasses.
  3. Store the sugar in an airtight container or a food storage bag with the air pressed out firmly. It's that simple!

Tips on Buying Molasses

Different kinds of molasses have different textures. Depending on what kind of molasses you're using, you may need to adjust the recipe proportions.

  • Unsulphured molasses has the best flavor and consistency for making your own brown sugar. If you're using this kind, as recommended, you'll need 1 tablespoon of molasses for 1 cup of granulated cane sugar. For dark brown sugar, add another tablespoon.
  • Fancy molasses and light molasses are lighter varieties of molasses which have a subtler flavor than unsulfered, so you may need to increase the amount you use slightly (or not, if you want a lighter brown sugar).
  • There is a variety of molasses known as "blackstrap." This is the most intensely flavorful and thick variety of molasses, and if you use it to make your own brown sugar, it's likely that you'll have to ease up on proportions much more.

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