A friend of mine sent me this peculiar photo of carbon-free sugar and I couldn’t help but wonder: What in the world is hiding in this bag? Because the last time I checked, sugar was composed of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. Carbon isn't exactly a negotiable ingredient within this tasty trifecta.
A quick visit to the Florida Crystals website, however, reveals the truly unfortunate nature of this wording. In the organic sugar world, “carbon-free” doesn’t mean the sugar is free of carbon. It apparently means the sugar has a low carbon footprint.
Whew! Glad I cleared that up. Carbon-free "sugar" isn't anything I want going anywhere near my morning coffee. It'd probably just water it down.