Demerara is a type of Raw Sugar. This is not your everyday white sugar. Sugar isn’t just sweet. Raw sugars like Demerara have deep flavor complexities and distinctive aromas that will completely change your perceptions of sugar.
Demerara sugar, pronounced “Dem-err-rare-a”, is a harder to find exotic sugar named after the Demerara River in Guyana.
Raw sugar comes from the first stage of the cane sugar refining process. This the step right before the molasses in removed, therefore maintain its brown color. Popular types of raw sugar include Demerara sugar, Muscovado sugar (also called Barbados sugar), and Turbinado sugar. Muscovado sugar is a fine textured, moist sugar. Turbinado sugar comes from the sugar crystals being spun in a turbine to dry them which leaves a coarse molasses rich granule that’s golden to light brown in color. With a fairly large grain and a pale amber color Demerara Sugar is somewhat crunchy with a subtle molasses flavor and caramel undertones.