Manufacturers use molasses in prepared food formulations as a sweetener and flavor enhancer.
In baked goods, molasses is commonly used to add sweetness, moisture, and a unique flavor. It is often used in recipes for gingerbread, molasses cookies, and dark breads. In addition to its sweetening properties, molasses can help extend the shelf life of baked goods by retaining moisture and preventing staling.
Molasses is also used as a flavoring and coloring agent in other food products, such as sauces, marinades, and dressings. It can add depth and complexity to the flavor profile of savory dishes, and its dark color can help create a rich, appetizing appearance. Molasses can also be used in the production of certain alcoholic beverages, such as rum and dark beer, to provide flavor and color.
Molasses is one of a number of traditional sweeteners supplied by North Central, including: