A lack of brown and raw sugar in the past few weeks has left some bakers (both commercial and at home) feeling somewhat sour.
Early this month, Auckland’s Chelsea refinery recalled certain batches of its soft brown and raw sugars due to potential lead contamination. Since then supermarket sugar shelves have been pretty bare, apart from white, caster and a small amount of raw, sugar.
Soft brown sugar, in particular, is expected to be in high demand when it reappears.
New World Whangaparaoa owner, Penny Ashton, says her store will receive limited stock of all sugar tomorrow – Tuesday, November 23.
However, she says there will be an in-store limit placed on it until more becomes available.
Countdown supermarkets are eagerly waiting for supplies of brown and raw sugar to get back to normal, but currently do not have an exact date for those deliveries. If that baking won’t wait, white or caster sugar can be substituted for soft brown, but its lack of moisture can change the texture of the final product. Honey could also work in some bakes.