Is All Powdered Sugar Created Equal?

Decorating By shell62995 Updated 22 Jan 2009 , 1:06pm by nickshalfpint

shell62995 Posted 12 Jan 2009 , 9:22pm
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I need to go back to Sams and buy more powdered sugar and I started thinking. Is one brand better than the other? What is you fav. brand to use to make bc? TIA!

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adunfag Posted 12 Jan 2009 , 9:33pm
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I don't know, but I am curious to know the answer.

saap1204 Posted 12 Jan 2009 , 9:35pm
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I buy mine at Costco. I have not noticed a difference but I am a hobby baker. If there is a difference, I would like to know also.

JEM530 Posted 12 Jan 2009 , 9:36pm
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I usually use the store brand. I am curious to know what others think too.

millermom Posted 12 Jan 2009 , 9:42pm
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Store brand; 2 lb. bags icon_smile.gif

kimblyd Posted 12 Jan 2009 , 9:45pm
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I always buy the store brand, usually Target. I also never sift. Is that bad? icon_redface.gif

JEM530 Posted 12 Jan 2009 , 9:46pm
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I always sift everything! I sifted a cake mix the other day and found a piece of plastic in there! I will never NOT sift ever again!

cakesdelight Posted 12 Jan 2009 , 9:49pm
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I'm going to try and answer this to the best of my knowledge... icon_eek.gif

When I took a course in Wilton 2, the instructor told us that Wilton reccomends Dominos powder sugar becuase other brands such as store brands use beets to make their powder sugar and Dominos brand sugar always come from sugar cane... so while in the ingrdients it says, sugar and cornstartch no matter what brand, you don't know if the sugar came from beets or sugar cane. Thats what she told me when I told her that I noticed a difference in my buttercream, when using Dominos brand, I get a smooth, creamy texture. Using my store brand I get a grainy texture (not always though). Ever since I buy Dominos brand (except for my dummy cakes, store brand $1.12 beats $2.09 for the dummy cakes)
Hope this helps a little and hopefully if there is more to this theory someone out there will help us out with this... icon_smile.gif

JEM530 Posted 12 Jan 2009 , 9:58pm
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That's really interesting about the beets! I will have to try out the Domino sugar next time. I do get a grainy texture with the store brand.

terrylee Posted 12 Jan 2009 , 10:03pm
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cakesdelight - that kinda makes sense....I try and use C&H. I have noticed that the off brands taste different and do blend the same. ....I'm going to have to check in ingredients.

Also I don't sift....what does that do to the cake mix texture. I assume it would make the icing creamer and smoother. right?

miss_sweetstory Posted 12 Jan 2009 , 10:05pm
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I use only PS made with cane sugar. If you compare cane sugar PS icing to beet sugar PS icing you will see that the cane sugar icing is actually whiter, while the beet sugar icing seems more gray.

Since moving to the UK I've fallen in love with Tate and Lyle powdered sugar...it doesn't use corn starch as a stabilizer, so you have much more control over the consistency of royal icing (it doesn't suddenly go to stiff peak).

tripleD Posted 12 Jan 2009 , 10:09pm
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well i don't know if there is any type better than any other. I use poder sugar from sams for all my cakes. But when I make candy like buckeyes I use a 12x powder sugar from a bakery supply. it seams to be a lot finer
i don't use it for icing because it seams you use about double the amount to get the icing thick enough.

cakesdivine Posted 12 Jan 2009 , 10:25pm
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I actually prefer GV brand at Walmart. It is my fave!

1234me Posted 13 Jan 2009 , 1:12am
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I use C&H. It is more expensive than great value at WalMart but I can tell a difference. I prefer Imperial but they don't sell it at my WalMart - I can only get it at the local grocery store and it is more expensive icon_sad.gif

nickshalfpint Posted 13 Jan 2009 , 3:45am
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I use C&H. I buy it at Sam's. It's a 4 lb bag for 3 or 4 bucks. I do notice a difference if I use a store brand and I ALWAYS sift (usually 2-3 times) now. It really makes a difference.

Uniqueask Posted 13 Jan 2009 , 4:14am
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I was also told by my Wilton Instructor, that Dominoes is better because it is pure cane sugar, and you don't necessarily need to sift, it which most of the time I don't, I was also told that Dominoes sifts theirs three times before bagging, and I have tried other store brands and did get poor quality B/C. Also I had to sift it first, And I know for sure that if it is sitting on the shelf for a while you do have to sift it no matter what brand it is, Because I buy the big bags of Dominoes from BJ'S for only $3 a four Lb bag and once when I tried to use it I had to sift because I saw it formed lumps before I even opened it. and I used the store brand one in my Culinary Class without sifting and My ButterCream Was very lumpy.

HTH

by the way what does C&H stand for.

nickshalfpint Posted 13 Jan 2009 , 3:27pm
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It's California & Hawaiian Sugar Company. It's pure cane sugar also, no beet sugar.

TexasSugar Posted 13 Jan 2009 , 4:35pm
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Originally Posted by cakesdelight

When I took a course in Wilton 2, the instructor told us that Wilton reccomends Dominos powder sugar becuase other brands such as store brands use beets to make their powder sugar and Dominos brand sugar always come from sugar cane... so while in the ingrdients it says, sugar and cornstartch no matter what brand, you don't know if the sugar came from beets or sugar cane.




I've been a WMI for 4 years and haven't heard that 'we' recommend a certain brand there.

I actually use Walmart's CV brand and have never had a problem. Yes store brands can be made from beet sugar it doesn't mean that they are.

On the back of my bag it says it is made from Cane sugar and cornstarch. My suggestion is for those that want to save money, to look at the back of the back to see if it is made from pure cane or cane sugar vs just sugar (which could be the beet sugar).

justdi Posted 13 Jan 2009 , 4:37pm
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Originally Posted by nickshalfpint

I use C&H. I buy it at Sam's. It's a 4 lb bag for 3 or 4 bucks. I do notice a difference if I use a store brand and I ALWAYS sift (usually 2-3 times) now. It really makes a difference.




OMG!!! OMG!!! OMG!!! (Sorry, slight "cake-O" going on here! icon_biggrin.gif )

I have been on C&H website trying to find someone local who has it, and it says on there Sam's carries it. Then I went Sam's Club online (Costco quit carrying it - in Michigan anyways) looking and found it once, but then put in my zip code to have it ordered here. Once I plugged in my zip code on their website it only shows what's avail at my store and I can't get back to the 'generic' listing that has the C&H showing up. We're friends w/ the GM at my local Sam's, and he will order it for me.... BUT, he can't find it in their ordering system (assumes it's only set up for certain regions of the country.) He said if I can somehow get an item # for it that he can get it.

Would you pretty pretty please mind getting me the item # next time you're in (or if you have an old rcpt it would be on there)??? I would be sooooo grateful!!!! icon_biggrin.gif

Thank you!
Di icon_smile.gif

TOMAY Posted 13 Jan 2009 , 4:46pm
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As what I call myself a self made texture freak , yes there is a difference. Dominoes is great I have found that the Sams Club is similar . Store brands do not cut it for me I refuse to use them. I do not sift I place the sugar in my Kitchen aid and set to stir with my wisk attachment. It does the trick. I can tell the difference in most sugars so beleive me when I say the sams club version is fine as long as you use High ratio shortening .

KieslerKakes Posted 13 Jan 2009 , 5:04pm
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I too purchase my powdered sugar from Sams (Bakers & Chefs) brand 7 lb. bag. I don't sift it, because it says it's been sifted 10 times. My icing can be lumpy also. I use Crisco purchased from Sams, I thought maybe I needed to try another icing recipe. I currently use the Wilton icing, but I'm going to try Indydebi's Crisco-based buttercream icing next time.

nickshalfpint Posted 13 Jan 2009 , 7:10pm
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Originally Posted by justdi

Quote:
Originally Posted by nickshalfpint

I use C&H. I buy it at Sam's. It's a 4 lb bag for 3 or 4 bucks. I do notice a difference if I use a store brand and I ALWAYS sift (usually 2-3 times) now. It really makes a difference.



OMG!!! OMG!!! OMG!!! (Sorry, slight "cake-O" going on here! icon_biggrin.gif )

I have been on C&H website trying to find someone local who has it, and it says on there Sam's carries it. Then I went Sam's Club online (Costco quit carrying it - in Michigan anyways) looking and found it once, but then put in my zip code to have it ordered here. Once I plugged in my zip code on their website it only shows what's avail at my store and I can't get back to the 'generic' listing that has the C&H showing up. We're friends w/ the GM at my local Sam's, and he will order it for me.... BUT, he can't find it in their ordering system (assumes it's only set up for certain regions of the country.) He said if I can somehow get an item # for it that he can get it.

Would you pretty pretty please mind getting me the item # next time you're in (or if you have an old rcpt it would be on there)??? I would be sooooo grateful!!!! icon_biggrin.gif

Thank you!
Di icon_smile.gif






Ok.....the # on my receipt is 57926 and it is $2.83 for a 4 lb bag.

springlakecake Posted 13 Jan 2009 , 7:18pm
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I too remember my first wilton class the instructor saying we should use Domino sugar. I kind of think something must be going on there....

Anyway so I bought Domino sugar for a long time, afraid to use anything else. Well sometimes they are out of Domino at my store so I have to buy the store brand. Honestly I dont realy see a difference.

kellertur Posted 13 Jan 2009 , 7:24pm
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I make my own... (using vegan "BEET" sugar and my icing is bone white (unless I've used pure vanilla extract).

Just wanted to let you know that I think that "beet" sugar thing is a myth...I dont' think it's inferior, but just my opinion. icon_rolleyes.gif

You can't beat "beet" sugar (ha ha). Seriously, you can't taste the beet. (now I'm being silly... icon_razz.gif )

Shyanne_Mommy Posted 13 Jan 2009 , 7:25pm
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I use the Sam's PS not for sure what the name but I know it contains Chief and has two bakers on the front. I love it and can't be the price of $3 and some change for 7 lbs!

I have heard that DOmino is better but I really can't tell a difference.

kjgjam22 Posted 18 Jan 2009 , 11:51pm
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my understanding is that all icing sugar is not created equal. there is icing sugar with no cornstarch in it and then there is. the % of cornstarch differs from company to company. the cornstarch is added to help prevent lumps. almost all the brands of icing sugar that i have used contains cornstarch. i use what ever brand is sent when i place my order.

i think in regualr icing it doesnt matter too much..you can always add liquid as needed. where the % matters is if you are making your own gum paste. that way you will know how dry it will be and what will be required.

CakeMakar Posted 19 Jan 2009 , 12:02am
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I was told by my Wilton instructor to only use C & H because the store brands use cornstarch, whereas C & H is pure cane sugar. Then I noticed several bags of C & H say cornstarch in the ingredients list, too. I do find C&H very lumpy and always sift it because of this. I use the storebrand from Walmart mostly and never have lump issues.

ceshell Posted 22 Jan 2009 , 7:03am
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Originally Posted by nickshalfpint

Ok.....the # on my receipt is 57926 and it is $2.83 for a 4 lb bag.


Dang that's a good price. Normally it runs $1/lb at any given store unless there is a great sale going on. I wish I had a Sams Club membership but I don't think I could possibly buy enough PS to offset the membership fee. Can I come pick some up at your house?? ROTFL icon_razz.gificon_lol.gif

LadyMike Posted 22 Jan 2009 , 8:40am
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Anything 10X and cane sugar is what we were told was the best. The only ones we have been able to find that fit that description are Domino's and Kroger's store brand.

I've stayed with those most of the time, but when I was given a case of powdered sugar in 2lb bags, I tried it. They are Safeway brand and it says it contains "sugar and cornstarch".

There is definitely a big difference in these. I can tell you that it is very lumpy, it definitely tastes different, and is more gritty as well. I definitely must sift!! icon_razz.gif

I used it for some family cakes. I also gave the "donating" family, 2 free, 2 layer, 8" round birthday cakes.

Luckily though, I only have 2 more bags left because I think my family is about to hire a different decorator. icon_rolleyes.gif But they'll never find one that will do their cakes for the price I charge them! icon_twisted.gificon_wink.gif

Ya know, FREE is good!!! icon_lol.gif (sometimes icon_rolleyes.gif )

LadyMike icon_smile.gif

nickshalfpint Posted 22 Jan 2009 , 1:06pm
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Originally Posted by ceshell

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Originally Posted by nickshalfpint

Ok.....the # on my receipt is 57926 and it is $2.83 for a 4 lb bag.

Dang that's a good price. Normally it runs $1/lb at any given store unless there is a great sale going on. I wish I had a Sam's Club membership but I don't think I could possibly buy enough PS to offset the membership fee. Can I come pick some up at your house?? ROTFL icon_razz.gificon_lol.gif



I probably have enough icon_lol.gif every time I go I buy like 5 bags. We tried to get away with not getting the costco and Sam's Club memberships, but with as many people as we feed, it was kinda necessary. My DD and DD are gonna eat me out of house and home icon_lol.gif Where at in Cali do you live?

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