Burnt sugars are dark brown liquids or solids. They are obtained by the controlled heat treatment of food sugars without any chemical promoters. If it adds a discernible taste then it can be declared as aromatic caramel.
Nigay has always strongly advised its customers not to mislead the final consumer. Faced with the actual enthusiasm for "clean & clear labelling" ingredients, transparency and clear information about burnt sugars is a major preoccupation for the company.
Burnt sugars bring both taste and colour to the final product.
If it adds a discernible taste then the labelling is: "caramel (glucose syrup, water, sugar)" or "caramel (sugar, water)".
If the burnt sugar only brings colour then it must be labelled: "colour: E 150a". For labelling, refer to EUTECA (European Technical Caramel Association) decision-tree: