Molasses actually comes from the process of refining sugar. It’s a thick, dark syrup. The flavor, color, and texture of it varies depending on the type of extraction and age of the plant. It’s very sweet, so you can usually use just a 1/3 cup in place of one cup of sugar. Because it is a syrup, it can add nice moisture to baked goods. It certainly has a distinct flavor and can be overpowering, so it’s not for everyone. Molasses is a good source of iron, copper, and selenium, as well as calcium, which can make it a food good for those working towards the healthiest of bones.