FAQs
Here are some the most frequently asked questions we receive at Silver Spoon.

  1. Are Silver Spoon products suitable for vegetarians and vegans?
  2. Are Silver Spoon products dairy free?
  3. Are Silver Spoon products gluten free?
  4. Do any Silver Spoon products contain nuts?
  5. 'I have an allergy to grasses', can I use Silver spoon sugar?
  6. Where can I buy Silver Spoon products?
  7. How do you make sugar?
  8. What is the difference between 'beet' and 'cane' sugars?
  9. How many sugar beets make a bag of sugar?
  10. Why does sugar not have a best before date?
  11. What sweeteners do Silver Spoon produce?
  12. As a diabetic, which Silver Spoon sweetener is best to use?
  13. What does the 'e' letter mean next to the weight on Silver Spoon products?
  14. Why does Silver Spoon Jam Sugar contain glycerol?

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1. Are Silver Spoon products suitable for vegetarians and vegans?

All Silver Spoon sugar and sweetener products are suitable for vegetarians.

Our Royal Icing sugar contains dried egg white and therefore would not be suitable for vegans.

A number of Silver Spoon home baking products do contain ingredients that make them not suitable for vegetarians. Where this is the case, we will always clearly label it on the packaging. The individual product pages also provide this information.

2. Are Silver Spoon products dairy free?

All Silver Spoon sugar products are dairy free.

Silver Spoon Sweetness & Light sweetener products may contain traces of milk from lactose.

A number of Silver Spoon home baking products do contain milk and some may contain traces of milk. Where this is the case, we will always clearly label it on the packaging. The individual product pages also provide this information.

3. Are Silver Spoon products gluten free?

All Silver Spoon sugar and sweetener products are gluten free.

A number of Silver Spoon home baking products do contain wheat and gluten and some may contain traces of wheat and gluten. Where this is the case, we will always clearly label it on the packaging. The individual product information pages on this site also contain all allergen information.

4. Do any Silver Spoon products contain nuts?
 
All Silver Spoon sugar and sweetener products do not contain nuts or nut derived oils.

A number of Silver Spoon home baking products do contain nuts and some may contain traces of nuts. Where this is the case, we will always clearly label it on the packaging. The individual product pages also provide this information.

5. I have an allergy to grasses, can I use Silver Spoon Sugar?
 
It is believed that anyone suffering from 'Grasses Allergy' can use beet sugar but should avoid 'cane' sugar. (Please note Silver Spoon brown sugars contain cane molasses).

6. Where can I buy Silver Spoon products?
 
At the bottom of each product description page is a list of stores stocking that particular product. As we cannot guarantee availability in all retailers please call your local store to check stock before visiting.

7. How do you make Silver Spoon Sugar?

Please see our ‘Grown in Britain’ animation to see how sugar is made from sugar beet.

8. What is the difference between beet and cane sugar?

Silver Spoon use sugar beet primarily grown in East Anglia in the UK. Other sugars are made from cane which is grown in hotter climates. The processing method differs slightly but the resulting sugars are virtually the same.

9. How many sugar beets make a bag of sugar?
 
Approximately 6 tonnes of sugar beet make up 1 tonne of sugar, that's about 4 - 6 beets in each pack of sugar!

10. Why does sugar not have a Best Before Date?
 
As solid sugar has a shelf life in excess of 18 months (the true shelf life is actually indefinite when stored under appropriate conditions) and is approved by Food Labeling regulations (1984) to not bear a best before or sell date.

11. What sweeteners do Silver Spoon produce?
 
Silver Spoon 'Half Spoon' 
Half Spoon is made with real sugar and a tiny amount of sweetener. Halve the amount of sugar you would normally use and get all the taste and texture of sugar, but only half the calories. The FSA recommends you try halving the sugar you use, with Half Spoon you can halve the amount of sugar you use and still get the same sweetness.

Silver Spoon Sweetness & Light Low Calorie Sweetener Available in tablet and granular form, Silver Spoon Sweetness & Light low calorie sweetener is a great alternative to sugar, with virtually no calories. Try it in hot drinks or sprinkled on cereals or fruit.

Truvia®.uu Truvia® is a calorie-free sweetener made from the leaves of the stevia plant; a naturally sweet tasting plant. Its granular form gives it the crunchy texture of sugar but with none of the calories. You’ll only need a third of a teaspoon to sweeten like one teaspoon of regular sugar, and you can buy it either in a spoonable jar or in made to measure sachets.

12. As a diabetic which Silver Spoon sweetener is best to use?
 
Truvia® is safe for people with diabetes. It has no effect on the glycemic index.

13. What does the letter 'e' mean next to the weight on Silver Spoon products?

This symbol means Statutory Minimum Weight according to Measuring Instructions (EEC Regulations 1975).

14. Why does Silver Spoon Jam Sugar contain glycerol?
 
Glycerol is a vegetable based product which acts as a binding agent ensuring that the pectin (setting agent) in the Jam Sugar is evenly distributed throughout the pack. This ensures that even if you only use half a kilo, you have the right amount of pectin in the Jam Sugar to ensure a perfect set jam.