Blackstrap Molasses

My daughter bought me a jar of blackstrap molasses. Can I substitute it for regular molasses? Is blackstrap molasses stronger? Thanks for your help. —D.F. Solvay, New York

Molasses is the byproduct of the process of refining sugarcane into table sugar. Made from the third boiling of sugar syrup, blackstrap molasses is stronger, darker and more bitter than light or dark molasses. While light and dark molasses can be used interchangeably, we suggest you use blackstrap molasses with caution in cooking or baking. The intense flavor can be overwhelming.