A sugar packet
is a folded, and edge sealed, paper
package containing one 'serving' of sugar
Sugar packets are commonly supplied in restaurants and coffee bars
in preference to sugar bowls or sugar dispensers for reasons of
neatness, spill control, and to some extent portion control
A typical sugar packet contains 4 grams of sugar. This, however,
does not hold true in all places. Some sugar packets in countries
such as Poland contain 5 to 10 grams of sugar. Sugar packet sizes
and weights differ throughout different areas of the world.
Sometimes referred to as a condiment.
Some people prefer artificial sweetener packets as opposed to sugar
packets for dietary reasons.
A typical four gram sugar packet has 15 calories.
The sugar packet was invented by Benjamin Eisenstadt
, the founder of
Cumberland Packing, the Sweet'N Low
had been a tea bag factory worker in his youth, and became
irritated by the task of refilling and unclogging all the sugar
dispensers in his Brooklyn cafeteria,
opposite the Brooklyn Navy
He failed to patent
the idea however, and after discussions with larger sugar
companies, lost market share steadily. The idea to package
artificial sweeteners (saccharine
initially) in similar packets came later, was patented, and was
intended for use in medical environments. It began a very
considerable business, founded on the characteristic pink
Some collect them for certain types of sugar or brand names. Some
producers even use the sugar packet as art or show offs, and these
are also collectible.