Hopefully, Jenna, by now you have done even more research. Not ALL sugars are the same type carbohydrates. I believe "brownie" was trying to avoid PROCESSED sugars. Any Processed sugar, no matter how processed it is, is still PROCESSED YUK! You are right about how to make a good spread......The old-fashion slow simmering method is still the best way to do it. It is a great sense of accomplishment when you are done. If you use honey instead of cane sugar, taste your honey first. Many store brand honeys aren't very strong. I personally like a flavorful Fall-Harvest honey from the local farmer's market.