Muscavado Sugar Substitute

Use Brown Sugar as a Substitute for Muscavado Sugar
Use Brown Sugar as a Substitute for Muscavado Sugar. © Erin Huffstetler
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Muscavado sugar (sometimes called Barbados sugar) is an unrefined or partially refined cane sugar with a strong molasses flavor and a high moisture content. It has a rather coarse texture, and feels sticky to the touch. It’s easy to find in some countries, but next to impossible to find it others. If you happen to live in one of those countries where it’s difficult to find, you’ll be happy to know there’s a simple substitute. 


  •  Brown sugar


Replace the muscavado sugar called for with an equal amount of brown sugar. If the recipe calls for dark muscavado sugar, use dark brown sugar. If the recipe calls for light muscavado sugar, use light brown sugar. If it doesn’t specify one or the other, use dark. It’s the most common.

If brown sugar isn’t readily available in your locale, demerara may be another option. As a last resort, you can also make your own brown sugar from granulated sugar and molasses.

Here’s how to do that.

How to Store Muscavado

Since muscavado and all other brown sugars, have such a high moisture content, they’re prone to drying out if they aren’t stored properly. To keep your sugar from getting brick hard, follow these storage tips.