Here are some frequently asked questions we receive at Silver Spoon. If the answer to your question isn't there please use our get in touch page to contact us.
1. Where can I find out more information about sugar?
The website Making Sense of Sugar provides lots of information about sugar and the role it can play as part of a healthy balanced diet.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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).
7. How do you make Silver Spoon Sugar?
Please see our Field to Spoon page to see how sugar is made from sugar beet.
8. What is the difference between sugar beet and sugar cane?
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 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?
Sugar has a shelf life in excess of 18 months (the true shelf life is actually indefinite when stored under appropriate conditions). Sugar was therefore approved by food labeling regulations in 1984 to not bear a best before or sell date.
11. What sweeteners do Silver Spoon produce?
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.
Silver Spoon also make a Sweetener available in tablet and granular form. Our sweetener is a great alternative to sugar, with virtually no calories. Try it in hot drinks or sprinkled on cereals or fruit.
Truvia® is a zero-calorie sweetener. It's sweetness comes from the leaves of the stevia plant. It comes in both a granular and tablet form. The 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.
12. 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).
13. 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.
14. How can I get in touch with a UK or international business enquiry?
If you want to get in touch about a business enquiry please use our get in touch page.