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Desserts With a Difference

Fran Costigan - Desserts With a Difference

This event was on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at 1:00 pm Pacific, 4:00 pm Eastern

Excited for some fresh summer dessert ideas? Join chef Fran Costigan for this exploration of some amazing treats, using fresh and dried herbs to infuse your summer desserts with flav… Read More.


I don't use organic cane sugar, but I bought some at trader joes and it smells off (I've never bought cane sugar before so I don't know what it should smell like). I made your vanilla cake and it tasted like how the sugar smelled. Has this happened to you?

— Julia Serrano


I don't know. No, it shouldn't smell off itch and smell off at all. So there are different brands of vegan cane sugar. Wholesome is one. Wholesome sweets is one that I like because it's fair trade. It's ethical. I have used the Trader Joe's vegan cane sugar and I haven't noticed something off about it. I do grind those are only two brands of the many. I do grind lightly grind my vegan cane sugar because the crystals are all larger than a white sugar crystal. They are never these sugars very in color from very very pale. Beige or blonde really to a darker blonde, but depending on the brand. Because they haven't been filtered through bone Char and a small amount of the Molasses that's inherent in the cane That's separated out remains, but gee, I don't know Julia I would take that Sugar back to Trader Joe's try try wholesome sweet brand. Try Whole Foods 365 Brands and see if you like those.
Fran Costigan

Fran Costigan

Director of Vegan Pastry