Whether your brown sugar is dark or light, don't throw out the sugar when it's hard—it hasn't gone bad! Simply microwave it on medium low, about 1 to 2 minutes, until it's soft. (Or, if you don't need to use the sugar right away, you can put an apple wedge in the bag and seal it overnight).
Is there anything I can do with brown sugar that has gotten too hard?
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