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1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tbsp black strap molasses
1 cup water

Place the brown sugar and the molasses in a heavy bottomed pan on a medium heat, and slowly stir until it turns a dark brown, (this can take upwards of 15 minutes as the sugars need to "parch", or go just past the caramelization point). Add the water and stir well until it is well blended, bottle or jar the liquid and place in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. Use a few drops at a time to color and thicken gravies and soups. Note: I have used it after 6 months and it was okay to me, but the original directions say, "1 month".