An unrefined or raw sugar coated with molasses and processed into crystals or cubes of sugar during the first crystallization of the cane syrup. As a crystal particle its size is larger, the texture is coarser and it is stickier than refined sugar. The size of the crystal and the crunchy texture make demerara a good selection for a topping to be sprinkled on desserts or fruit dishes. It is also often used in beverages such as tea for a sweet flavoring. Demerara is also a partially refined sugar that is lighter brown in color than the unrefined version. Another form of demerara is sold in the United Kingdom and referred to as "London Demerara." This sugar is actually a white sugar blended with small amounts of molasses.