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Sugar is the most common carbohydrates, class of organic form of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. The carbohydrates are vital components of living organisms and play an important role in energy metabolism. They are divided into monosaccharides, oligosaccharides and polysaccharides. The sugar or sucrose is a disaccharide oligosaccharides.

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Monday, 13 August 2012 14:54

The Day of the Dead is a Mexican national holiday dedicated to the commemoration of the departed. The holiday falls on October 30, near the homonymous Catholic holiday celebrated on November 2.

During this period, families honor their departed decorating graves with sugar skulls, marigolds, food and drinks they liked in life.

The celebration of the Mexican Day of the Dead draws its origins from the indigenous culture and, perhaps, from the Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl or "Lady of the Death". The festival fell in the ninth month of the Aztec calendar (more or less the beginning of August) and was celebrated for an entire month.

Currently, the holiday covers a period of three days and the most common symbols includes skulls, used since pre-Hispanic era as a symbol of death and rebirth.

The skulls, which represent a departed soul, are made of sugar by skilled artisans, whose craft is slowly disappearing. Sugar skulls had the name of the dead written on the forehead and is placed on the graves to honor the return of a particular spirit.

They often have big happy smiles, colorful icing and sparkly tin and glittery adornments. They are edible and the most common ingredients used for the construction are: powdered sugar, egg white, corn syrup, vanilla, and corn starch.

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Tuesday, 07 September 2010 14:01

The SugarCollection Team is proud to post this simple and nice recipe sent by Wikizero.

Colored sugar cubes

I suggest to all collectors, a fun recipe to make homemade sugar cubes of different shapes and colors, with decorations and, for the more adventurous, keep them in alcohol.
The recipe is fast and simple, the preparation time is estimated at about 10 minutes, plus a couple of days off.

Material and ingredients:
-    White sugar (preferably superfine);
-    Water;
-    To coloring or flavoring the cubes you can use food coloring or natural flavorings (coffee, mint, orange juice, etc.).
-    Molds of various shapes (such as for ice or cookies);
-    If you want to apply decorations, you need also a little sugar icing.
For cubes in alcohol:
- Ethyl alcohol 95° C;
- Choice of flavoring (mint, basil, lemon peel, pepper, etc.).

Pour sugar into a bowl and add a few drops of food coloring (if the food coloring is in powder form, dilute with water). Mix well with a spoon to smooth the color (if necessary add more food coloring or sugar). Add very little water at a time to wet sugar, until, stirring, you get a grainy effect.
Dampen just the inner sides of the molds and put the sugar, pressing very well, with great patience!

Leave to dry the molds outdoors (preferably in the sun) for at least two days. To speed up you can put on a radiator or oven to 60° C for about 30 minutes. To test if ready, extract a cube and make sure it’s dry, compact and does not crumble.

Now you can apply decorations on cubes using, as glue, a bit of icing, made with powdered sugar and a few drops of water.

To achieve an optimum "digester", you can put the cubes in alcohol.
Just put the cubes in a glass jar together with a flavoring and fill the jar with ethyl alcohol to cover the cubes. Let the jar sealed for at least a week. If you want to replace ethyl alcohol with other spirits, remember that the sugar cubes dissolves themselves in any liquid below 90° C.

Be careful not to drive after tasting it, because they are very strong!

The history of sugar PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 January 2009 19:11

The only form of sugar used for many centuries was that sugar cane. It is believed to have been led by the inhabitants of the Polynesian islands in China and India. In Indian, the Persian Dario found in 510 BC, the cultivation of a plant from which returns a thick and sweet syrup. Dried leaves produced in large crystals that lasted a long time, the strong energy properties. The Persians brought with them the plants and cultivation spread to the Middle East.

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Sunday, 21 March 2010 16:31

Now Sugar Collection is on Facebook!


Join to the group of sugar packets collectors by clicking here..

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Sugar production PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 January 2009 19:54

Any plant containing sucrose can become a producer of sugar, but the only raw material used officially for the world production are sugar cane and sugar beets.
This article will briefly describe the stages of production of sugar beet.

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