Welcome to One Simply Terrific Thing, our ongoing series highlighting the small tools, kitchen goods and ingredients that make life better!

Because of my job as a baker and recipe developer, I have a well-stocked pantry full of specialty ingredients most folks don’t use on a regular basis.

But for anyone wanting to take their baked goods up a notch, I recommend getting some turbinado sugar. This specialty ingredient can take a regular home-baked good to the next level!


Turbinado sugar (sometimes sold by its brand name Sugar in the Raw) came onto the scene back in the 90s where it started to appear at coffee shops across the nation. But it wasn’t until the last 10 to 15 years that you could buy it in bags at regular grocery stores, like white and brown sugar.

This specialty sugar is a blond-colored coarse crystal sugar that is less…

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