Molasses is a thick, brown to deep black, honey-like substance made when cane or beet sugar is processed. It is enjoyed as a sweetener in many countries, and most particularly in England where it is called treacle. The quality of molasses depends on the maturity of the sugar cane or sugar beet, the amount of sugar extracted, and the method of extraction.For hundreds of years, molasses and sulphur or treacle and brimstone were thought to have healthful benefits, and children were frequently given doses of the product. As a sweetener, many enjoy its hearty sweet flavor that has a bit of a sharp finish on the tongue. Certainly as a baking agent its combination of sweet and tangy results in delicious baked results.