Bulging canned goods and composite package snacks are rare sight. What is rarer to see is a bulged package of sugar. What is in there to begin with. Nothing but sweet and preservative itself. Do you ever heard of sugar being spoiled? Not a chance. At least for now.
So why is this pack of sugar bulging? Not an intentional plumbed during packaging and sealing. It is bulging hard. Like it gonna explode when accidentally dropped.
I cut one corner to release the gas. It smelled alcohol.
So here is a short explanation. Everyone, perhaps, know that muscovado sugar is crudely processed. It retains some nutrients, brown color, dirt, stalk pieces and ultimately high amount of moisture. The last thing is good for business. The more weight, the more money the producer can get. However, that last thing also allows one particular contaminant to grow, the yeast.
Given enough moisture, yeast can eat sugar, then producing alcohol and CO2 in return. CO2 is evident by bulge appearance and alcohol can be inhaled upon opening.
I think it is still pretty safe. I put it to good use.
Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Accepts coaching and consultancy services. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines.