Loaf Of Sugar: Meaning And Recipe At Home

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Last Updated on May 2, 2022 by Share My Kitchen

Because of the way sugar was refined, white sugar was commercially available in the shape of cones or loaves during the Colonial period. This period saw the majority of sugar is sourced primarily from the Caribbean and often was the result of slave labor.

How Do You Make A Loaf Of Sugar?

Sugarloaf comes from raw sugarcane and it was first boiled and filtered several times, and then poured into cone-shaped molds. When it’s in the mold, remove excess sugar molasses by pouring in sugar water or other solution. Remove the sugar loaves from the molds once they have dried. Many loaves were wrapped in blue paper during this period for shipping.

Fine sugar was found in smaller cones, while cheaper sugar was found in larger cones. This is because lower quality sugar was harder to crystallize and worked better in larger molds.

Make Sugar Cone From A Loaf Of Sugar

Ingredients and Equipment:

  • Sugar (white)
  • Mold or glass
  • Cooking Spray
  • Water


  1. First, spray the mold with cooking spray.
  2. Next, add water to sugar. However, there is no exact formula that will tell you how much water to add. You can add a few tablespoons of water at a time until the sugar sticks to itself, but not too much that it becomes “slushy”. It should be the consistency of brown sugar.
  3. Slowly add sugar to the mold, and make sure that it is packed down every few tablespoons.
  4. Allow sugar to dry in mold for a few days.
  5. Then, tap the sugar and look for any softness. If you find it still soft, let it dry off the mold for an additional day.

Go and enjoy your sugar! But not before using sugar nippers to break the sugar cones.

A curiosity surrounds the brown sugar cones since a lot of Mexican grocery stores still sell brown sugar cones. There is no evidence that brown sugar cones were created during the same period as the white ones. So, if you have any evidence to the contrary, it would satiate this curiosity. However, for now, brown sugar cones do not appear to have been part of the 13 colonies that were established during the Colonial period.

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