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Are Sorghum & Molasses the Same Thing?

By Suzanne S. Wiley

Molasses comes in different varieties based on how it was processed. Other sweeteners often bear a label of molasses, but they are based on foods other than cane or beet sugar. Sorghum molasses is made from a grain and is not the same as plain molasses.


Molasses is a byproduct of sugar production, usually from cane or beet sugar. Sorghum molasses is a syrup made by pressing the cane-like stalks and boiling the juice of the sorghum plant.

Sorghum Plant

Sorghum is a cereal grain native to Africa and grown in the midwestern United States. Sweet sorghum, sometimes called sorgo, can also be grown for silage. The plant is drought-tolerant and grows well in dry regions.


Practically Edible notes sorghum is a relative of sugarcane, though sorghum is sweeter than regular molasses. One may be substituted for the other, though the darker molasses can change a food’s final color. Don’t substitute sorghum for blackstrap molasses or vice versa.


About the Author


Suzanne S. Wiley is an editor and writer in Southern California. She has been editing since 1989 and began writing in 2009. Wiley received her master's degree from the University of Texas and her work appears on various websites.