blackstrap molasses


black·​strap molasses ˈblak-ˌstrap- How to pronounce blackstrap molasses (audio)
: a thick dark molasses obtained from successive processing of raw sugar

Examples of blackstrap molasses in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Take blackstrap molasses, for instance. Saleen Martin, USA TODAY, 18 Oct. 2022 This natural iron supplement contains vitamins C and B-12, folic acid, beet root, and blackstrap molasses. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 15 Dec. 2022 Coffee and milk chocolate lead the way, joined by complex layers of bourbon, vanilla, licorice, blackstrap molasses and old wood. Star Tribune, 16 Dec. 2020 Dear Heloise: Is blackstrap molasses and regular molasses one and the same? Heloise, Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2020 Due to its assertive flavor, blackstrap molasses is not recommended for most recipes. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, 16 Apr. 2020 None of the products contain ingredients used for flavoring or coloring, including the distillery's Baxter's Rum — made with blackstrap molasses and natural sugarcane. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, 2 July 2018 Take it [Big] Easy No place knows delicious home cooking like New Orleans, as evidenced by this down-home blackstrap molasses-pecan pie. Lauren Le Vine, Redbook, 27 Nov. 2013

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Word History


blackstrap "drink consisting of mixed rum and molasses," from black entry 1 + strap entry 1

Note: The relevant sense of strap is unclear, and another word may be in play. The Oxford English Dictionary, third edition, suggests that it may be seventeenth-century Dutch stroop "syrup, treacle," apparently a variant of siroop "syrup."

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of blackstrap molasses was in 1880

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“Blackstrap molasses.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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