National Molasses Bar Day is celebrated on 8 February every year. If you've never known what this Molasses Bar is or have tasted it before, you've probably missed out on enjoying your sweet treat. The greasy sweet sticky rice dish will completely mesmerize you with its flavor. Molasses is also known as black sugar and has been around since the 1500s. Take the time to enjoy a molasses bar on National Molasses Bar Day if you haven't tried it so far. For others, it's a perfect excuse to fill your mouth with unlimited molasses bars to enjoy this big day.
History of National Molasses Bar Day
Molasses actually comes from "melaco", which evolved from the Latin word "mel", which means "honey". This chewy and sweet stuff has been used since the 1500s as a food sweetener. There are many ways to use it in cooking; for cookies, gingerbread, sauces, rye bread, beers like stout or porter bread, and of course, molasses bars. In Middle Eastern culture, dates, grapes, and pomegranates will create molasses. It can also be mixed with magnesium chloride and used for de-icing, or as a soil additive to promote microbial activity. On early printers, it was mixed with glue to close the ink rollers.
Molasses is a thick, sweet syrup made from sugar cane, and today is reserved for bars made from it. Its name is derived from the Portuguese word "melaco", which is derived from the Latin word "mel", which means "honey". It is also known as black spot in the UK. Molasses has been used to sweeten foods since the 1500s, and in addition to being used in bars, it is now used to make things like cookies, beer, gingerbread, sauces, baked beans and toffee. Molasses is the type used in cooking, and it is made by squeezing sugarcane juice and then boiling it. After the first boil, it is called the first syrup. This is the sweetest honey. If it is boiled again, it becomes a second molasses, and if it is boiled a third time, it becomes molasses with a strong flavor.
Another type of molasses is beet molasses. It has an unpleasant smell and taste, so it is often used as a feed additive. In the Middle East, molasses is sometimes made from grapes, pomegranates, mulberries, dates, and carob.
For the day of Molasses Bar, you are definitely more interested in creating a bar than using it for cooking! Molasses bars are a popular chewy treat, often containing cinnamon and other spices.
How to celebrate National Molasses Bar Day
There is no mention of history, origins and years since National Molasses Bar Day was celebrated. However, the history and origin of molasses has a long tradition. Molasses or sugar syrup is a thick, sticky sugary syrup made from sugar cane or sugar beets. It is a by-product obtained from the refining of cane sugar. Sticky and sweet sugar syrup has been used as a sweetener for foods since the 1500s. Molasses is originated from the word 'melaco', which evolved from the Latin word 'mel', means "honey".
Usually, there are three types of honey called light bile, black bile and black bile. Molasses has a very distinctive flavor and is one of the ingredients used in various sauces, fruitcakes, gingerbread, baked beans, toffee, cookies and molasses bars. It contains a large amount of iron, calcium and magnesium. The amount of sugar extracted, the maturity of the cane and the method of extraction determine the quality of the molasses.
The best way to celebrate molasses day is to make your own molasses bars and see what all the fuss around molasses is like – once you've tried these homemade molasses bars, you will never want an old gingerbread cookie again! The molasses consistency makes the bars delightfully moist and chewy, and the ginger reduces the sweetness. However, let beware that these are seriously addictive!
Chewy Ginger Molasses Bars Recipe
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 16-18 minutes
Total time: less than 40 minutes
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Pinch of earth
- 1 cup brown sugar - packed
- ½ cup butter (1 stick) - softened
- ½ cup dark molasses
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup raisins
1. You should first preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Next, spread butter and flour on a cookie sheet and set it aside for later use. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients; it's flour, salt, baking powder and spices. In another bowl, beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, then add eggs and molasses, stirring until well combined. Add dry ingredients slowly, mixing continuously. Next, add raisins and stir well to form a dough. Knead the dough with your hands and press the dough onto the cookie sheet in an even layer. Bake for 16-18 minutes, remove from oven when a toothpick inserted into the dough is clean. Let cool completely before cutting with a pizza slicer into about 32 pieces.
2. These bars hold up very well, even if they are not covered, because they are very moist. These tend to be very addictive with all their chewy, buttery, spicy texture, so don't be surprised if they run out in less than 2 days! One of these bars contains about 105 calories, which isn't much, really; however, it is easy to overdo it.
ObservedNational Molasses Bar Day has been observed annually on February 8th.
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