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A British/American Sugar Primer

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Q. What is icing sugar?

A. Having already gone to great lengths to prepare the definitive online British/American Dictionary of Flour Names, must we now do the same for sugar? Oh, the toil. Oh, the responsibility. Oh, the labor/labour! 

Granulated sugar = granulated sugar, white sugar
Castor sugar = superfine granulated sugar
Caster sugar = superfine granulated sugar
Icing sugar = confectioners' sugar, powdered sugar, 10X sugar, 4X sugar
Sugar crystals, crystal sugar = decorating sugar, coarse sugar
Rainbow sugar crystals = colored sugar

Most of this information exists elsewhere at, but it is useful finally to have it all in one place.

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