It’s National Molasses bar day in the USA! Any excuse for ideas to give you a free word search! Sorry, not sorry, but as we use treacle in the UK as well, I thought it would be lovely to celebrate such an unusual day.
HOW TO COMPLETE THE THIS MOLASSES WORD SEARCH ONLINE:
To select a word, click on the starting letter and drag your mouse (or finger if you are doing this on your phone) across the word. The word will then be ringed and in the word list it will turn aqua to show you have found it.
- Revert: This will reverse your last action.
- Check: This will let you know if your answer is right.
- Save: This will save your answers to the puzzle so far to your cookies. If you have cookies disabled, this will obviously not work.
- Show Word. Clicking on a clue and then on Show Word will show you where it is in the grid.
- Solution: This will give you all the answers. Beware, you will have to start from scratch again if you click on this, unless you have saved your answers. Saving means when you refresh the page, the answers you have already given will be there.
- Word List: The word list is scrollable.
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The Pros and Cons of Molasses/Treacle
Molasses, also known as treacle in British English, is a thick, dark brown syrup that’s made during the refining process of sugar. It’s popular in baking and cooking across the world. It’s used in everything from traditional desserts like toffee, treacle tarts, and treacle puddings, to savory dishes like pies, curries, and stews. But like any ingredient, there are pros and cons to using molasses in your cooking, and understanding them can help you decide whether it’s the right choice for your recipes.
Pros of using molasses
First of all, treacle has a rich, sweet taste and a hint of bitterness that gives dishes a unique and flavorful edge. It’s a great way to add depth to sauces, glazes, and marinades, and it also pairs very well with spices like cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Along with its delicious flavor, molasses, or treacle is also a great source of nutrients. It’s a good source of calcium, magnesium, potassium, and iron, as well as other trace minerals like zinc, selenium, manganese, and copper. In addition, it’s high in B vitamins, which are essential for energy production and a healthy metabolism.
Molasses has been said (do your own research here, don’t just take a random author’s word for it), to help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. It can also reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, and it has antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. Plus, it’s a great source of energy, and it can help with digestion. All of these factors make molasses/treacle a great addition to any diet.
Finally, molasses/treacle is a great way to add some sweetness to dishes without adding sugar. It has a lower glycemic index than other sweeteners, meaning it won’t cause blood sugar spikes, and it can help reduce cravings for sweets.
Cons of molasses
Despite its many benefits, there are some drawbacks to using treacle in cooking. Firstly, the flavor can be a bit strong, and it’s not always the best choice for light, delicate dishes. For example, it can be too overpowering in light cakes and pastries, and it can give a slight bitterness to some dishes. In addition, molasses can be difficult to find in some areas, and it’s usually more expensive than other sweeteners.
Molasses/treacle also has a relatively long cooking time. If you’re using it in a sauce or glaze, it needs to be cooked for a few minutes to thicken and develop its full flavor. And because it’s so thick, it can take a while to incorporate into batters and doughs.
Finally, molasses can be difficult to measure accurately. It’s very sticky, so it’s hard to measure in teaspoons and tablespoons, and it’s also hard to pour out of the jar. To make it easier, use a kitchen scale to measure it, or measure it in liquid measurements (cups, milliliters, etc.).
In conclusion, molasses/treacle can be a great addition to your cooking if you’re looking for a unique and flavorful sweetener with health benefits. It has a deep, sweet flavor and can be a great source of many essential vitamins and minerals. However, it can be a bit overpowering in some dishes, and it can be difficult to measure and find in some areas. But if you’re up for the challenge, it can certainly be a great choice for your recipes.