When my husband and I went to Hawaii for our 30th anniversary, we took plenty of money with us, because I knew we would see all sorts of exotic foods that we can’t buy here in Alaska. Boy was I right! We ended up buying so many foods that I had to ship a box home because it wouldn’t all fit in our suitcases.
One of the unique foods that we are enjoying is our Premium Maui Gold Natural Cane Sugar. This comes in a small 8 ounce bag, with a clear front and a gold foil like back (it is packaged similar to vacuum sealed packages of coffee).
Premium Maui Gold Natural Cane Sugar is a product of Hawaii, and is sold by the Asia Trans & Co. Inc. The website on the package is “www.snackhawaii.com” and the companies Kailua-Kona address and phone number are on the bottom of the package.
Premium Maui Gold Natural Cane Sugar reminds me of the small packets of raw sugar that I sometimes see in restaurants and coffee shops. The grains of sugar are much larger than normal cane sugar, and while it tastes great in coffee and hot tea, I find it doesn’t dissolve as quickly as normal sugar when added to a cold glass of iced tea.
This is a product that I consider extravagant. The small 8 ounce package retailed for $2.89, and that is much ore expensive than processed white sugar. The bag is very thick, and it closes with a zip style strip across the top to keep the sugar fresh in between uses. I personally find this zip strip challenging to close. It works best when laying it flat on the counter and then pressing the two sides of the zip strip together.
The bag states that it contains natural cane sugar. Unlike white sugar, Premium Maui Gold Natural Cane Sugar is not refined or bleached. That makes it a more natural choice, and since I don’t use artificial sweeteners, this a good alternative for me. The only other thing I would look for was to see if the sugar is organic or not, and my bag does not say that it is organic.
This natural cane sugar tastes about as sweet as refined cane sugar, but it seems to have a slight molasses flavor to me, which sets it apart from any other sweetener I have enjoyed in my coffee. According to the Maui Gold website, this sugar takes 2 days to make, while their white cane sugar can be made in only 4 hours. A visit to the company website was educational and interesting. They actually have three wonderful recipes listed, one for Sweet & Sour Spareribs, one for Dorothy’s Banana Nut Bread (both of these recipes won first place winners in their states), and my favorite recipe which is a Barbecue Sauce. This is an amazing barbecue sauce, and I think the slight molasses flavor of the Maui Gold sugar adds a nice touch.
If this product wasn’t so expensive (and heavy), I would have purchased more of it, but for now I am savoring each teaspoon full, and each time I drink my Kona coffee I add my Premium Maui Gold Natural Cane Sugar for a real taste of the Islands.