The sugar is a crucial ingredient found in higashi, a type of hard candy served with green tea. It slowly melts in your mouth, leaving a delicate sweet after taste. Due to a special process using sugar cane for wasanbon toh and grinding process, the sugar is whiter than usual processing. In order to produce a whiter sugar, grinding may be done four to five times. As this processing requires much experience to get the right degree of whiteness through controlling the temperature, humidity levels and the amount of water, it is sad to realize that there are only a few sugar processing factories left to convey the processing methods to the future generations.
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