She told me that she adds molasses to give it that specific taste. She brought the bottle out for me to dip my finger in and try the molasses… all by itself… And let me tell you it was not what I was expecting. My mom laughed as I choked on the earthy, bitterness of that thick, black syrup. Heed my warning: molasses is not good licked off of your finger. Molasses does not taste like honey.
I still get the shivers when I think about straight molasses. Now days, I love cookies made with that bitter-sweet sugar and thoroughly enjoy making (and eating) gingerbread houses but I have never again licked straight molasses. I did, however, make molasses energy balls to keep me satisfied until it’s time to bust out my gingerbread molds and giggle as I talk my nephews into trying a teaspoon of molasses. Muahahah!
I recently learned that molasses has the lowest sugar content of any sugar cane product. Now I know why molasses doesn’t taste very sweet. It does however, contain lots of vitamins and minerals to make up for what it’s lacking in sugar. Some of which include: calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron. When you pair molasses with walnuts, you get healthy alternative to the molasses cookie and when you add dates to your walnut-molasses pairing, you get the most decadent treat that’s so healthy you could eat it for breakfast. That’s my favorite kind of treat!
If I can eat a sweet bite while getting all my vitamins and minerals first thing in the morning, then I am a very happy girl. Until it’s time to make and decorate those candy houses in a few months, I’ll just be munchin’ on these molasses energy bites.