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How Much Sugar Is In A Sugar Cube?

Sugar cubes and loose sugar
Sugar cubes and loose sugar - PV productions/Shutterstock

Like petite parcels of sweetness, sugar cubes impart just the right amount of candied vibrancy to anything they touch. However, the question that inquiring minds want answered is, how much sugar does each dainty little cube actually contain? While you've probably hazarded a guess, determining the precise quantity can be useful to gauge your sucrose intake or make substitutions in a recipe. Regardless of where your curiosity stems, knowing the amount of sugar packed into a teeny tiny cube is essential.

The answer to this question (unfortunately) isn't super clear-cut. For starters, not all cubes are made with pure, refined white sugar. Brown sugar, but also raw and minimally refined sugars can be cube-ified. Some cubes might even be dyed with food coloring or flavored with extracts to amp up aesthetics and add depth. Due to this high degree of diversity, it's only fair to expect that dimensions, quantities, and shapes can differ. There is good news, though.

Despite the fact that amounts are at risk of somewhat varying, any differences are usually pretty insignificant. Since the average sugar cube is equivalent to about 4 grams of sugar, most cubes will find themselves within a range of 3 to 5 grams. For some perspective, that means a cube of sugar boasts the same amount as a single teaspoon of sugar.

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Cube Or Teaspoon, Sugar Is Sugar

Sugar cubes and spoon
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Whether it's cubed or loose, sugar is sugar. Both ingredients are made from sucrose, and taste the same. Yet, if the two forms of sugar are essentially identical, why do they look so different? Basically, this is because unlike loose sugar that's left as-is after processing, sugar cubes are made by mixing this loose sugar with a small amount of water before being left to dry in a mold. Aside from having a denser shape, cubes behave in much the same way, which means they can be used interchangeably for loose sugar.

Deciding between loosely-packed sugar or its cubic equivalent is ultimately a matter of preference — one isn't better than the other. But, there are occasions when cubes prove more successful. Given that they're perfectly portioned, cubes might be easier to use as they allow you to visually keep tabs on the amount of sugar. Additionally, thanks to their neatly compact quality, cubes are less messy to handle, which can be helpful in situations where sugar needs to stay intact. Of course, no one can deny that sugar cubes have a wow factor, making them ideal for displaying during an afternoon tea or even a happy hour.

As long as you remember that a sugar cube is equivalent to a teaspoon of sugar, you can go about swapping sugar and using cubes however you see fit. And now, you can consider the sugar cube conundrum solved.

Read the original article on Tasting Table.