Nutrients in molasses

Low calorie bran muffins

Molasses is a wholesome and natural sweetener

I met a woman the other day who eats a tablespoon of blackstrap molasses every morning to keep her hair from going grey. She said it’s the copper content in blackstrap molasses that does the trick.

I don’t know the connection between copper and hair colour but I do know the nutritional benefits of our molasses products.

Fancy molasses nutritional profile:


Fancy molasses nutrition profile


Crosby’s fancy molasses contains residual nutrients so you get the delicious with the nutritious.

The highest grade of molasses available, fancy molasses is the pure juice of the sugar cane, condensed, inverted and purified. It is 100% natural and contains no additives or preservatives. It is a bit lighter in colour than the other molasses products, and the flavour is tangy sweet. All the recipes on this website are made with Fancy Molasses

Blackstrap molasses nutritional profile:


Nutrition - blackstrap


Crosby’s blackstrap molasses is an easy source of many important nutrients and is a staple in health food stores.

Blackstrap molasses is the highly-concentrated, final by-product of the refined sugar manufacturing process. As the sugar crystallizes, the residual cane juice thickens into a dark mass and is separated out through a centrifuge. The resulting molasses is very dark with a robust, somewhat bitter flavour. Like the fancy molasses, it is a pure product and contains no added sulphates or sulphites. Blackstrap molasses is considered one of the healthiest foods in the world because it contains so many nutrients.

Cooking molasses nutritional profile:

Cooking molasses nutrition profile

Cooking molasses is a blend of blackstrap and fancy molasses. It is thicker and darker than fancy molasses — less sweet, with a more “full-flavoured” taste.

79 thoughts on “Nutrients in molasses

  1. gyhross says:

    Where can I purchase your molasses?

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi there, If you’re in Canada you should be able to find our molasses in most grocery stores. We also sell our molasses in New England (if you’re in the U.S.)

      1. daphne says:

        I live in New England and I used Crosby’s molasses….I grew up in Newfoundland and my mother used it all the time, good on home made bread,pancakes toutons, yummy!……………

        1. Hi Daphne, I’m still hoping to try toutons sometime. They sound like the greatest treat.

          1. Roy Hodge says:

            I grew up eating this called “Doughgods” however seen it sold as “Elephant Ears” and “Beaver Tails”

          2. Dear Roy, Did you drizzle them with molasses?

      2. Margaret Poulos says:

        We have that brand in Canada because my mom use to buy it, its great stuff!! My mother loved it and I do too. Its good for you!!

  2. Grace says:

    What is the shelf life of molasses? How should it be stored?

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Grace, It’s best to store your molasses in the cupboard. Also, we guarantee it up to the best before date on the package (18-months after it has been packaged).

  3. Brad C says:

    Is your molasses unsulphured?

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Brad, Yes, all of our molasses products are unsulphured.

      1. J. Parker says:

        on the cooking molasses package is says ” Ingredient: Cooking molasses ( Sulphites). Surely this means ther are sulphites in the molasses?

        1. Hi! Our molasses is sulfur and preservative free, although our blackstrap molasses does contain some naturally occurring sulfur.

  4. Clara says:

    Can I use your molasses in Dec 2013 when date is oct 2912? Want to make cookies.

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Clara, We guarantee our molasses up to the best before date marked on the package. Since yours is a year past its due date we can’t guarantee that it will still be fine. I hope that this helps.

  5. Bernice says:

    Your comments say the blackstrap molasses is unsulphured and the ingredients have Sulphites in brackets. Are those 2 words interconnected in any way. If someone has sulfite allergies and currently buys unsulfured molasses because of the allergies, could they use Crosby’s blackstrap molasses with that sulphites word in the ingredient list?

    1. Hi Bernice, We don’t add sulfites to any of our molasses products however all blackstrap molasses contains some naturally-occurring sulfites. We have removed the word “sulfites” from our new blackstrap molasses packaging because it was causing confusion.

  6. Rona Berntsen says:

    Where in Europe do you sell it?

    1. Hi again, Unfortunately we only sell in Canada and the New England States. I hope you have enough to last you for a while.

  7. Tommy says:

    Do you know if there is copper and how much in your blackstrap molasses.

    1. Hi Tommy, In the past there had always been copper in our blackstrap molasses but we no longer measure it so I’m not able to give you a value. Sorry.

  8. Linda Wyatt says:

    I have an unopened container of Fancy Molasses that is exactly one month past the best before date. Can I still use it?

    1. Hi Linda, Chances are your molasses is still fine. As long as the container isn’t puffed out and if it tastes as it should (isn’t sour or yeasty tasting) I’d go ahead and use it.

  9. GPV says:

    Hi Crosby’s

    I am inquiring about the nutritional value of one tablespoon of your molasses. I see it says 10% of DV on the label but what is the DV you are using? 1000?

    Thanks again. Love your molasses!

    1. Hi there, The “Daily Value” is based on Health Canada’s recommendation for daily intake of specific nutrients, so it isn’t actually based on total calories in a day. I hope that this helps.

  10. richard delaney says:

    I’m using Crosby’s in mashed turnip (rutabaga) I am cooking. I also make Barbados beef.. stew in which I add your product to. The label touts that you’ll send me the cook book by mail if I go on line. Where’s the sign up box? R. Delaney 38 Shaw St , Quincy MA 02169

    1. Hi Richard, Your recipes sound delicious, especially the turnip. Great suggestion. We’ll get a cookbook in the mail to you

  11. Bev says:

    I was told to look for an unsulphured molasses(which I just read yours is, yay) as well as an organic one. What’s the scoop on the organic part? Thank you.

    1. Hi Bev, Some molasses is made from sugar beets or sugarcane that has been genetically modified. Certified organic molasses is non-GMO (meaning made from sugarcane that hasn’t be genetically altered.) Our molasses is non-GMO, made from pure sugarcane juice.

      1. Kerry says:

        I was very happy to read that your product is non GMO. It is getting harder and harder to find these days.

  12. Liz Maclean says:

    Please mail me your cookbook
    Liz Maclean
    4 Sunnyshore Park Drive
    McKellar, On P2A 0B5

    Thank you so much, truly enjoyed your site and recipies

    1. Hi Liz, Just in case you didn’t receive your book we’ll get a copy in the mail this month.

  13. Ena Balkaran says:

    I use your molasses in my bread and smoothies etc.
    I would like to receive your cookbook so I can try some of your recipes.
    My address is-:
    503 Windstone Commons SW
    Airdrie, Alberta

    1. Hi Ena, We’d be happy to mail you a copy of our book.

  14. Sharon Simms says:

    Hi there,
    I think I already posted a message regarding ‘nut traces’ can you guarantee that you’re molasses is nut free?

    Many thanks in advance for your reply.


    1. Hi Sharon, Yes, our entire facility (offices, warehouse, production) is peanut free and our production facility is totally nut free.

  15. Sarah Crowe says:

    Is the fancy molasses unsulfured?

    1. Hi Sarah, Yes, all of our molasses products are unsulfured.

  16. Sharon Simms says:

    Thanks for you reply, that is fantastic news so please ignore my email!?

    How can I purchase your product in England?
    Amazon doesn’t ship to our address!??

    1. Natalie says:

      Its only sold in Canada and Northeastern USA. I see that you posted this some time ago, but if you get this, reply back and I’d be glad to ship some to you. We Canadians are all about sharing ;)

  17. Kirk says:

    Why do you no longer list the copper, magnesium and vitamin B in the nutrition facts panel on the 675g cartons of molasses ?

    1. Hi Kirk,
      We no longer have our molasses analyzed for copper, magnesium and vitamin B so don’t have up to date values.

  18. robert smardon says:

    Just learned th health benefits of molasses now from reading a discarded old book by Cyril Scott. So cool to know that there is a non GMO pure unsulphured crude black molasses available at my local grocery store made in Canada! Thank you for your perseverance and dedication to producing a great product which will continue to increase in demand as knowledge spreads. All the best.

  19. Deborah Morrison says:

    This article brings back a lot of memories of growing up on ‘homemade bread & Molasses! Also many baked items made with molasses Would love to have your cookbook to make some of these recipes for my parents, who ‘i’ now have to cook for. ;-)

  20. Bill Flewelling says:

    I have multiple myoloma and deterioration of bone and lately they think my magnesium levels are dropping as I have periodic muscle construction. , started taking suppliments and I love molasses , so us the black strap what I should eat ?

  21. Bill Flewelling says:

    I have multiple myoloma and deterioration of bone and lately they think my magnesium levels are dropping as I have periodic muscle construction. , started taking suppliments and I love molasses , so us the black strap what I should eat ?

  22. Bill Flewelling says:

    My post meant muscle constriction, and what molasses would be best for increasing calcium and magnesium, thanks…

  23. Chelsea Bennett says:

    Hi there, I hear blackstrap molasses is quite good for you and I see that yours is both non GMO and unsulphured. You said that in the past you analyzed it for copper and other things…just wondering how come you stopped measuring copper? And does that mean that there still is copper in the molasses anyways?

    1. Hi Chelsea, We have simplified our nutritional analysis. There is no reason to believe that there is no copper in our blackstrap molasses, but I don’t know for sure since it hasn’t been tested for that.

  24. Cheryl Nelson says:

    Where can I find your blackstrap molasses around Vancouver?

    Cooking and fancy molasses aren’t at all hard to find. My husband lived his entire life on BC’s southwestern mainland and in Victoria (Vancouver Island) before moving to the Midwestern U.S. about 18 years ago. He discovered blackstrap molasses (the most common variety sold there), but says he has never seen it in Greater Vancouver or Victoria.

    He wants it for making gingerbread – the old-fashioned dark kind one finds in Europe that is a little more savory than sweet.

    1. Hi Cheryl, You should be able to find our blackstrap in many grocery stores in the area. Our cooking molasses is 70% blackstrap & 30% fancy molasses so is very close in flavour to the blackstrap and a good substitute.

  25. Patty Cameron says:

    I grew up in Newfoundland and with Molasses Crosby is a staple product in my cupboards to this day. I use it on my toast every day and also on hot porridge. It is so good. My 2 children are now married with kids and I encourage them to use molasses and how good it is for you. I would love to have a cook book for myself and my 2 children if possible. please mail to::
    Patty Cameron 329 Margaret Ave Stoney Creek Ontario L8E 2J3

    I will gladly pay for them

    1. Hi Patty, we can absolutely mail you and your children cookbooks, at no charge!

  26. Gloria gooderham says:

    I thought I was being adventurous using molasses in the bread machine yesterday ( for the Robin Hood brown bread) and the grandkids love the bread! Me too! It makes wonderful toast. Now I’ve just found your web site. I’ve learned a lot reading the questions and answers. I am happy to see it is made from sugar cane and not beets.
    Thank you,

  27. dennis says:

    Hi; I have purchased your Blackstrap Molasses. I am very glad to hear it is unsulphured and non-GMO.

    Thank you for being a company that is providing a healthy product!.


  28. Daryl Bruvelaitis says:

    Been using your Blackstrap as a microbial food source in my compost teas as well as a stand-alone fertiliser and foliar spray. My plants are looking big and green and healthy. Every garden deserves some Blackstrap!

    I noticed that you don’t seem to mention this a a use for your product yet it is a time tested, proven, and well-known organic fertiliser. Maybe you should reach out to the gardening community and expand to a whole new target market. Only makes sense, no?

    If you do happen to implement my complimentary advice and do well with it, I expect a commission cheque (or at least some free Blackstrap!)

    Thanks for the product

    1. Thank you for the suggestion, Daryl

    2. Thanks for the gardening tips Daryl. It’s good to know our products are so versatile!

  29. David Brady says:

    Hi Bridget, in 1945 my mother and 3 sisters lived in Pembroke Ontario and shared a house with the Crosby molasses family from the maritimes. My Father was stationed in Petawawa where he trained soldiers in the artillery, while we shared a large house in pembrooke with the Crosby (molasses) family. My mother told me, and she was a PEI girl, and knew all about the itinerant maritimers.
    I remember that molasses was plentiful, and we all loved it. 70+ years we are still using and loving it. Continued success.
    David Brady

    1. Hi Dave, I checked with Jim Crosby, our chairman, and he said his dad was stationed in Ontario during the war so there is a very good chance that it was the same family. Jim was born after the war but he sent your message to his sister to see what she might recall. It was great to hear your story. Thanks for sharing it.

  30. Lisa says:

    Is Crosby’s molasses filtered with bone char or use any animal products in the refining process?

    1. Hi Lisa, Our Fancy molasses doesn’t go through a refining process and is made in a sugar mill not a sugar refinery. The sugarcane juice is simply inverted into a syrup — nothing is removed. Our blackstrap molasses also comes from a sugar mill that produces raw sugar. The molasses is separated from the sugar crystals using a centrifuge. I have no information on whether or not it comes in contact with bone char. (My understanding is that level of filtering is used at sugar refineries, not sugar mills.) I hope this helps.

  31. Kelly Davidson says:

    So glad to have checked out your site!
    I have been using molasses for iron to help with my anemia and have recently started taking food grade diatomaceous earth for selenium and heavy metal removal. My Naturopath said that you need copper to help absorb the selenium so thanks molasses, another health benefit as well!
    If I could also request your cookbook, it would be much appreciated!
    Kelly Davidson
    42 Lansing Square
    Brampton, Ontario
    L6Z 1E6

    1. Hi Kelly, We’d be happy to mail you a copy of our cookbook. Wonderful that you have discovered some of the health benefits of molasses. It’s great when healthy foods taste good too.

  32. Doreen Henriksen says:

    My husband and I use your molasses lots just at the table and also in a few things that I bake but I do not see a lot of recipes in my current cookbook. If you have a book just on using your molasses I would love it if you could mail me one!
    D Henriksen
    408 Lynden Rd
    Brantford On
    N3R 0B9

    1. Lynn Purdy says:

      Doreen, I will put one in the mail. Watch for the recipe book and start cooking and baking with molasses. I am sure you will enjoy all the recipes!

  33. flo dean says:

    hi bridget
    where would i find the crosbys unsulphured mollasses, i live in ontario
    i wouldnt mind the book as well, we use the fancy mollasses,
    and we love it,

    1. Lynn Purdy says:

      Flo, All of our Molasses is unsulphured. Maybe you are looking for the blackstrap molasses. Blackstrap Molasses is not readily available to the general public (as yet), but Cooking Molasses is 70% blackstrap and 30% Fancy, and should be in the baking isles of the grocery store.

  34. Cynthia Sealy says:

    Hi Bridget, I just used molasses for the first time ever and I used them to make bran muffins. I’ve only seen ‘Cooking Molasses’…not the Fancy Molasses. I found the flavour pretty strong so was wondering where I can find ‘Fancy’. I had no idea there were so many nutritional benefits to Molasses, so that is a real bonus. Just out of curiosity, do the nutritional benefits stay intact when the Molasses is used in baking? Reading through the comments in here, I saw that your Molasses are Non GMO – how awesome! Are the cookbooks still available? If they are, would you please mail one to me? Thank you so much!
    Cynthia Sealy
    45 Buckingham Drive, Unit 124
    Stratford, Ontario
    N5A 7B7

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Cynthia, We’d be happy to mail you a copy of our cookbook. As well, you should be able to find our fancy molasses everywhere but Metro, including Walmart. Also, the nutrients do stay intact through the cooking process. Your cookbook will be in the mail soon!

  35. First time on your site and thinking how “maritime” your comments are! They are straight forward and honest. Now, as a diabetic and one who is currently on heart medications that cause me to retain potassium, I was “tasting Crosby’s molasses in my mind”. As a child, we would occasional have had fried dough and molasses or home made bread with butter and molasses. Those were the “good old days”! Tomorrow the home baked beans will have your product added or they just won’t be the same. I’ll promise to eat less beans at a time or spread the intake over a longer period of time….Ha Ha. We just refuse to bake beans without adding some molasses.

  36. Sharon says:

    Can the cooking molasses be added to my yogurt in place of sugar? Not planning on cooking it. Is it safe to eat as is?

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Sharon, Yes, putting your molasses in yogurt is a great way to eat it. It’s good in warmed milk too.

  37. Susan Boland says:

    As many have responded here, I too grew up on Crosby’s molasses on fresh white bread…in Newfoundland. In our family, we’d spread the molasses on first, then spread the margarine on top to make pretty patterns. We called it “Lassy Bread”. I still love it!
    Would love a copy of your cookbook! I’ll be experimenting with molasses in my Mama Sue’s Granola Bars … will let you know how that goes.
    6461 Lasalle Rd Nanaimo BC V9V 1P3

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Susan, I love your Lassy Bread story. It’s always fun to hear these memories. I’d like to hear about your granola bars :) Also, we’ll get a cookbook in the mail to you.

  38. Peggy Wong says:

    My naturopath recommend for me to drink some Black Strap Molasses I found your product the best tasting & economical. The nutritional label on the 5KG does not list Potassium while the 675 g carton shows 510 mg.
    Is that correct? I am buying the 5KG one. Please clarify
    I took a pic of each label I can email u if u send me your email. Thanks

    Will u please send me a receipe book?
    7732 13th Ave.
    Burnaby, BC
    V3N 2E6

  39. Karen V Brown says:

    Hi there,I love your product, the taste is wonderful! However, being 100% Plant Based could you please, tell tell me if in the process, do you use bone char when refining the sugar? I want to be sure every product I consume doesn’t harm any Sentient Beings, thank you!

    1. Marie-Pierre Lessard says:

      Hi Karen,
      Thank you for reaching out.
      Our molasses has not gone through any bone char or carbon filter. If you have other questions, please let me know.

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