Originally Posted by Piccolina
DH told me that they process a lot of sugar beet sugar near a place where he once lived in Italy, and that the air around the factory hads a very, very strong and (in his words) awful stentch to it.
Yep, we've got a couple (beet) sugar mills in Michigan, and they sure can stink at times. Of course, the cane sugar plant in Maui wasn't much better...
I'm with the camp that says the sugar got the smell from an outside source though. The refined stuff doesn't have a smell to it, cane or beet.