Nutritional Comparisons of Blackstrap Molasses Brands

| Modified on Mar 03, 2022
Molasses Brand Comparisons

We started posted a nutritional comparison of blackstrap molasses brands back starting in 2007 and our readers have continued to add to the list. If you don't see a brand you've bought on the list, please write us and let us know!

Which Type of Molasses Should I Buy for My Health?

For heath purposes, choose blackstrap molasses. Blackstrap molasses is produced from sugar cane. It is made from the third boiling, thus it is darker and has more nutrients than the molasses made from the first or second boiling. Blackstrap molasses has a stronger taste than regular molasses. For cooking and baking, regular molasses is often preferred, though blackstrap can be used. For those who wish the benefits of molasses for health, blackstrap molasses is the one you want. It has the concentration of nutrients.

What is the Difference between Sulphured and Unsulphured Molasses?

Sometimes sulphur dioxide is used in the processing of molasses. Purists tend to look for products with a minimum of added ingredients. Ideally, look for unsulphured blackstrap molasses. Though, if you cannot obtain unsulphured blackstrap molasses, plenty of people do use sulphured blackstrap molasses for health purposes with great results.

Which Brand of Molasses Should I Buy?

As you will find later on this page, there are many different brands of molasses. It can be difficult to decide which brand to buy, unless, of course you live in an area with smaller stores and fewer options, then you will likely be bound to buy what is available.

If you have multiple options and are feeling overwhelmed with making a choice, just make sure the brand you choose is blackstrap. An organic and unsulphered variety would be preferred.

If there is a particular nutrient your body needs to correct a particular ailment, and you have the luxury of many options, you can use this page to find the brand the contains the most of the nutrient you are hoping to get out of blackstrap molasses.

For example, if you are taking molasses for anemia, look for a brand with the highest iron content.

Women who are post-menopausal, looking to increase calcium intake naturally, should pick a brand with a higher calcium content.

Those who suffer with atrial fibrillation and are looking to get more magnesium out of food for heart health, will want to make sure the blackstrap molasses chosen is one of the ones with a high magnesium content.

If you are taking blackstrap molasses for gray hair, look for a brand with more copper in it.

Should you do not see results from the molasses that you are taking, next time you purchase some, pick a different brand and see how that works for you. While gallon jugs of blackstrap molasses are sometimes available, start with a small bottle and make sure the brand suits you and that you are going to follow through with treatment. The good news is that even if you end up with a gallon of blackstrap molasses and use it slowly, it does have a long shelf life. You can even use blackstrap molasses in your garden if you decide the remedy isn't the best option for you. Blackstrap molasses can be added to water and used to water plants!

Continue reading to find nutritional information about many brands of blackstrap molasses.

Brer Rabbit Blackstrap Molasses

Posted by Steve (Shohola, Pa, Usa) on 12/06/2007

Brer Rabbit Blackstrap Molasses
nutrition facts:

serving size = 1 tbsp
Amount per serving
Calories = 60
Sodium = 25mg
Potassium = 240mg
Total Carbohydrate = 14g
Sugars = 10g
% of daily values:
Calcium = 20%
Iron = 25%
Magnesium = 25%

B&G Foods Inc
Roseland, NJ 07068

Replied by KT

I just received a case of Brer Rabbit BSM that has a "best by" date of 6-25-19. The label has different nutrition facts than what was posted here in 2007.

I'll just report the different ones:

Sodium 30 mg., Potassium 450 mg., Total Carbs. 13 g., Sugar 9 g., Protein 1 g. and Iron 4%

I have emailed to confirm their iron % amount from the 2007 post of BSM comparisons.

Replied by KT

Dear EC,

This is a reply I received this morning about the Brer Rabbit inquiry about the nutritional content change. I only specified my concern for the amount of iron so I assume their testing was current for the other nutrients. I was happy to see the increase of potassium.

From: [email protected]
Date: Tue Jul 26 08:31:36 EDT 2016

Dear KT,

The iron content was changed to reflect the amount found in the molasses used in the current product.


Corporate Consumer Affairs

B&G Foods, Inc.


1 User Review
3 star (1) 

Posted by Don (Texas ) on 01/21/2020

So what brand has more copper in it? Most of the labels don't mention the copper content. So how are we to know?

Crosby's Blackstrap Molasses

Posted by Patsy (Moncton, Nb Canada) on 11/25/2007

Crosby's Brand

Nutrition Facts
Per 1tbsp 20g
Sodium 3%
carbohydrates 13g 4%
fiber 0g
sugar 11g
calcium 10%
iron 15%
riboflavin 4%
vit B6 4%
Magnesium 15%
copper 8%

Replied by May
(Bronx, Ny)

Can I purchase this product anywhere in NYC?

Replied by Neason

I live in NV. Where can I purchase this blackstrap molasses by Crosby?

EC: Try Amazon. It's imported from Canada.

Replied by Renee T.
(Meridianville, Al)

According to the actual product labels for Crosby brand I found on Amazon, the Crosby brand does NOT contain copper at all.

Replied by Denise
(Crescent City, Ca)

Right now, I've been buying Blackstrap brand "Aunt Patti's" which just indicated "unsulphured" on the front label. I'm glad to find this thread as I don't know much at all about which kind to take, but figured at least starting on this (specifically for my spleen issue) was better than not getting started at all. Thank you for posting, and any feedback for me is welcome, Denise

Drapers Super Bee Apiaries

Posted by Pineconecabin (Cincinnati, Oh) on 07/20/2016

Drapers Super Bee Apiaries INC,, Millerton PA

Pure Unsulfured Blackstrap Molasses, (is not labeled organic so not sure)

Serving Size 1 tablespoon (20g)

Calories 43

  • Potassium 585mg
  • Sodium 19.2mg
  • Carbohydrate 11g
  • Phosphorus 16.8mg
  • Calcium 131mg 15%
  • Protein 0g
  • Ash 2.1mg
  • Total Fat 0g
  • Iron 3.2mg 20%

Contains less than 2% of protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, thiamine, riboflavin, and niacin.

Golden Barrel

Posted by Coconutgirl (Greenville, Sc, Usa) on 01/20/2010

You asked for information about the brand of molasses I take. I found it at my local farmer's market. Here it is:

Golden Barrel, produced by Good Food, Inc., Honey Brook, PA
Nutrition Facts
Per 1 tbsp 20g
Sodium 25 mg 1%
carbohydrates 13g 4%
fiber 0g
sugar 9g
calcium 20%
iron 25%
potassium 320mg 9%

Replied by 4dogsken

Latest label (8-29-17) says 11% iron, 12% calcium.

Replied by Darbla
(Way Down South)

Golden Barrel has additional sugar added in the form of cane juice. It may not be obvious to most people, but it's on the label and I'd rather not have that.

Replied by Wayne

Hi Darbla, where did you see on the label about the added sugar? I've looked at various entries on Amazon for "Golden Barrel Unsulfured Black Strap molasses" but all of them just list "molasses" as the sole ingredient. Thanks!

Grandma's Molasses

Posted by Sharon (Vian, Ok ) on 09/16/2008

Grandma's Molasses

Nutrition Facts

serving size = 1 tbsp
Amount per serving
Calories = 60
Sodium = 15mg
Potassium = 150mg
Total Carbohydrate = 15g
Sugars = 10g
% of daily values:
Calcium = 4%
Iron = 4%
Magnesium = 2%

B&G Foods Inc
Roseland, NJ 07068

Grandma's Molasses
Posted by Patty (Chicago, Il) on 01/21/2008

Grandma's Gold Standard all natural
Molasses Unsulphured

Potassium 150mg
Sodium 15mg
calcium 4%
Magnesium 2%
Iron 4%

Highest Copper Content

Posted by Don (Texas ) on 01/21/2020

So what BSM brand has more copper in it? Most of the labels don't mention the copper content. So how are we to know?

Holiday Molasses

Posted by Brooke (Montgomery, Tx) on 03/01/2008

Brand: Holiday Molasses

Serving Size 1 TBS.
Calories 42
Total Fat 0
Cholesterol 0
Sodium 10
Potassium 615
Carbohydrates 11
Protein 0
Calcium 20%
Iron 20%

House of Herbs Blackstrap Molasses

1 User Review
5 star (1) 

Posted by Shirley H. (Grand Rapids, MI) on 05/02/2019

I have used House of Herbs blackstrap molasses for several years to keep my iron up so dr.'s are not on my case but it is no longer available thru them + it says 70% iron but I have not been able to find a new company offering that % or 3.9 mg. Can anyone lead me to where I might get it? Thank you.

House of Herbs Blackstrap Molasses
Posted by Nancye (Vanleer, Tn) on 12/14/2007

House of Herbs puts out a variety of Blackstrap Molasses:

Calcium 6%
Sodium 15mg
Cholest 0%
Sat Fat 0%
Sugars 15%
Iron 70%

Is it possible to get too much Iron by using this product daily? I have CFS. Always looking for a cure for fatique, foggy brain, etc.

Replied by Sleger
(Scott, La)

I purchased this from Amazon and it does not say if it is sulphured or unsulfured. Does anyone know which it is?

(New York)

its sulphured, which is fine but it does NOT have 70% IRON RDA.


Replied by Sleger
(Scott, La)

Does anyone know if House of Herbs blackstrap molasses is unsulfured or sulfured?

Replied by Michael
(New Zealand)

Hello Sleger,

My Organic Molasses claims to be Unsulphered and to be a good source of Vitamin B6, Potassium, Calcium and Iron. Says it is USDA, organic and Fair-trade certified. Fields are not burned, the sugar mill is energy self-sufficient and the crushed cane is used to generate electricity!!

Not sure if a sulphured version would matter to me but I must follow up on that one - my MSM tablets are not agreeing with my stomach sad to say and that is sulphur.

This Molasses is made in Paraguay by/for "Wholesome Sweeteners". It is my go-to favourite whenever available.

Comes in a 32 fl oz. / 944 mls bottle.

You might wish to check it out?

Works for me - usually combined with the ACV in a warmed drink.

Cheers, Michael

Replied by Sleger
(Scott, La)

Thank you for the info Michael. Very helpful and I will give it a try.

Replied by Joi
(Charlotte Nc)

There is a review on Amazon about House of Herbs where the reviewer called the company to ask if it was sulfured or unsulfured. The company reported the it is NOT unsulfured!

Iron Content

Posted by KT (Usa) on 01/15/2017

I have two brands of BSM. The % amount of iron per TBSP of one is 4% and the other is 20%. What determines such a difference?

Replied by Robert Henry
(Ten Mile, Tn)

KIT,,,,,,, our BSM is 3% iron and there is no way a molasses can have 20%. I think that is 20% of what the FDA recommends daily. Suggest you reread the label. I use a tbsp of BSM in my coffee every morning. My back PT is at the age where she needs iron, but pills cause her grief. She was not aware of the iron content of BSM. I cannot believe what health folks and MD's don't know. They need to read EC.

Daughter from Atlanta came in with a bad cold. I put her on apple juice and Echinacea and Gold Seal and she was good the next day. Folks need to understand that it is your immune system that solves your ailment. Pharma can help your symptoms, but not solve your problem. Your body does that.

Our pioneers learned about Echinacea from the Western Native Americans.


Replied by KT

The label on my "Tree of Life", 100% natural, unsulphured Blackstrap Molasses says a serving size is 1 TBSP. It lists the iron content of 1 TBSP as 20%. This is just 20% of what is needed for your daily dose. My Brer Rabbit label says 1 TBSP contains only 4% iron. So that would translate to 4% of what you need each day.

My question was what determines the iron content?

Replied by Marilyn

My bottle says 20% iron also, not what the FDA suggests. Brand is Wholesome, organic Molasses


Posted by Mil ( Massachusetts) on 04/09/2017


Can you please tell me where I can buy melrose organic unsulphered blackstrap molasses in the United States. It's the only one that contains copper. Thank you.

Plantation Blackstrap Molasses

Posted by Victoria (San Diego, Ca) on 06/04/2009

Brand: Plantation

Blackstrap Unsulphered Molasses

serving size: 1 TBS
calories: 42
Sodium: 10 mg
Potassium: 297 mg
Carbohydrate 11g
Sugars: 11g
Vit A 20%
Calcium 20%
Iron 20%

Plantation Organic Blackstrap Molasses

Posted by Healing_elements (Seattle, Washington) on 11/29/2009

Plantation Organic Unsulphured Blackstrap Molasses

Serving size: 1 Tbsp(21g)
Calories: 37
Total Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium: 0 mg
Potassium: 353 mg (12%)
Carbohydrate 13g (4%)
Sugars: 13g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin B 10%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 8%
Iron 20%
Magnesium 8%
Copper 0%

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