While they may sometimes get a bad reputation, sweeteners are an integral part of any kitchen.
Whether they are used as a key component of baking, or simply something that makes a bowl of oatmeal or a freshly brewed cup of coffee taste even better, sometimes a little sweetener is just what you need. The range of sweeteners is larger than many people imagine: there are varieties of sugar, types of syrup, and kinds of honey. From the refined regularity of white sugar to the earthy, raw appeal of brown sugar, this cane-based sweetener comes in all types and sizes. Add in every type of topping you can drizzle or spoon into something and you've expanded to include maple syrup, sorghum syrup, molasses, and more.
Then, there's honey: the range of flavors and tastes—all based on the flowers bees prefer—seems ever expanding. So what is important to remember is that sweeteners in themselves are sensational. Sometimes you'll need that spoonful of sugar to make something go down, for example, and sometimes you'll want a little honey from the jar. Whatever the case, the goal is simply to help find the right ingredients to keep your kitchen sweet.