Sugar cane is a tropical and subtropical grass. Its long stems grow tall and produce blade-like leaves and clusters of white flowers. Treacle is thick, dark syrup. It is the by-product of refining from the second or third extraction process.
Black treacle is also known as molasses or black strap molasses.
Sugar cane was used medicinally in ancient China and India for the treatment of excessive alcohol consumption. It has also featured in traditional Ayurvedic medicine.
Many other types of sugar exist - for example, fructose (fruit sugar) and lactose (milk sugar), but we usually commonly use the word ‘sugar’ to refer to sucrose.
Folk medicine recommends black treacle as a mineral supplement.
We use black treacle in Double Choc tinted lip balm. It adds sweetness to the overall lickable flavour.