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What is German rock sugar?

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German rock sugar is a form of unrefined sugar that is typically unprocessed, unbleached and resembles caramel-colored rocks in appearance. It is used primarily to sweeten tea, but it can be mixed into any food or beverage.

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The origin of German rock sugar is in the region of East Frisia in the northwestern corner of Germany. The tradition is to place a piece of rock sugar, termed Kluntjes, in the bottom of a cup and then pour brewed hot tea over it, which melts the sugar and causes it to emit a crackling sound. One teaspoon of German rock sugar contains about 25 calories, making it higher in calories than granulated sugar at only 16 calories per teaspoon.

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