Originally Posted by SmokeInDaEye
That's all plain old brown sugar you buy in the store is. Muscovado is simply a natural (and I assume better flavored) form of brown sugar.
is a type of unrefined sugar
with a strong molasses
flavour. It is also known as Barbados
or moist sugar. It is very dark brown in color, and slightly coarser and stickier than most brown sugars. Unlike most brown sugars, which are composed of refined white sugar with molasses added, muscovado takes its flavor and color from the sugar cane
juice it is made from. It offers good resistance to high temperatures and has a reasonably good shelf life. The unrefined sugar goes well with coffee
and other beverages, and was one of the most prominent export commodities of the Philippines
in the 1800s.