Pure Cane Or Store Brand

Decorating By tonia3604 Updated 21 Aug 2008 , 3:03am by tonia3604

tonia3604 Posted 19 Aug 2008 , 2:40pm
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Our Wilton instructor told us to use only pure cane powdered sugar. Can anyone tell me why and if you use the pure cane or the store brand...it is about 60 cents cheaper per 2 pound bag. And what does the 10X mean? TIA

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cylstrial Posted 19 Aug 2008 , 3:00pm
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My Wilton instructor also told us to use pure cane powdered sugar as well. 10 X means that the sugar has been sifted 10 times. The powder sugar will be more fine and turn out better because it has been sifted more. You could buy the store brand and the pure cane and test it. I've just always used pure cane so that the icing will be extra nice. =o)

valbos22 Posted 19 Aug 2008 , 3:14pm
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Store brand usually contains beets and from what I understand can lead to unpredictable outcomes whereas pure cane is a more reliable. It is just not a chance I am willing to take to save a few cents.

emccle Posted 19 Aug 2008 , 3:17pm
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I was told that pure cane crystals are different than beet sugar crystals. For baking and things like frosting, the cane sugar crystals mix together better with the other ingrediants. You can use the beet sugar for other types of cooking, or for things like iced tea, where you dissolve it.

indydebi Posted 20 Aug 2008 , 12:05am
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It's not a difference between "cane" sugar and "store brand" sugar. It's the difference between "cane" sugar and "beet" sugar.

I only use 10X cane sugar.

Cakepro Posted 20 Aug 2008 , 2:53am
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Originally Posted by cylstrial

My Wilton instructor also told us to use pure cane powdered sugar as well. 10 X means that the sugar has been sifted 10 times. The powder sugar will be more fine and turn out better because it has been sifted more.

I respectfully disagree.

The 10x means it has been ground to a certain fineness. 6x is a coarser grind of powdered sugar, 12x is an even finer grind of sugar.

It has nothing to do with the number of times the powdered sugar has been sifted.

I buy both 10x and 6x. There is really no discernible difference, IMO.

TexasSugar Posted 20 Aug 2008 , 5:15am
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Store brands are not always beet sugar. I have been using the Walmart brand for 2 years now with no problems. Just check to see if the ingredients say cane or pure cane sugar. If it does you won't have a problem.

(BWT, I'm a WMI and always tell my students that store brand is fine as long as it says cane suger.)

valbos22 Posted 20 Aug 2008 , 1:23pm
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I thought about this at the grocery yesterday and looked at the bag for the name brand and the store brand-- both said sugar, cornstarch and the nutrition facts were exactly the same. So, how do you tell if there is beet sugar? I know the name brand calls out "100% Pure cane. contains NO BEET sugar but the store brand says "Confectioners 10-X" no mention of beets. The name brand has no mention of 10X or 6X...

icon_cry.gif Confused now!

ibmoser Posted 20 Aug 2008 , 2:22pm
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This issue launched me into a quest for information last winter. I use the 7-pound discount store 10x sugar - Sam's or Costco - and have never been aware of any problems, but I am not "educated" in the science and art of baking like a trained chef would be. Research says that beet and cane sugar are virtually chemically identical and there are no differences in their behavior or taste. Those who use the sugar have a different opinion icon_lol.gif . I e-mailed the company that distributes the Costco brand, and their rep responded that they broker huge amounts of sugar, buying what is the best deal at the time. So, their sugar is almost always a blend of cane and beet. If it doesn't say "pure cane sugar", it will likely be a blend of beet and cane or just beet since beet is cheaper to produce. Check out this article:

As mentioned, I'm not aware of any shortcomings with the blend. What is everyone else's opinion/experience?

CarolAnn Posted 20 Aug 2008 , 2:46pm
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I buy the Wal Mart brand of pow sugar and it's beet sugar. The only other sugar I've ever used is C&H and I see no difference, except in the price. I've looked for the 10x sugar ant not found it around my area. I was going to give it a try just to see if there IS any difference. I sift all my pow sugar before using it. Just thought I'd get my 2 cents in since this has come up again.

Mike1394 Posted 20 Aug 2008 , 4:35pm
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I honestly couldn't tell you which one I have. I've never looked. the only thing I make sure I get 10x. I don't use that much so it really doesn't effect what I make.


ibmoser Posted 20 Aug 2008 , 6:14pm
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I have only found two domestic (oops - make that US since we are an international group) companies that advertise "pure cane" sugar - C&H and Domino. I have not found C&H in this area, but Domino is readily available at a higher cost than other brands. I have tried Domino's beside Costco's and cannot tell any difference in taste or texture of frosting icon_rolleyes.gif . Wilton has nothing to gain by advising use of pure cane (at least I don't think they do icon_lol.gif ), so there must be some evidence of superiority of some sort. Or maybe Wilton does own part of C&H or Domino icon_biggrin.gif

tonia3604 Posted 21 Aug 2008 , 3:03am
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Thank you all for your input it has been very helpful. ibmoser...that is an interesting point that I would never have thought of!

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