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Sugar, known chemically as sucrose (C12H22O11), was a naturally-derived, white, crystalline foodstuff most often used for sweetening other desserts or beverages. Other forms of sugar included fructose, glucose (aka blood sugar), and lactose.

Sugar in beverages

The Earth beverage coffee was often sweetened with sugar. Keiko O'Brien enjoyed her coffee with just cream and sugar, as did Kathryn Janeway, who took hers with two sugars. (TNG: "Rascals"; VOY: "Hunters") Miles O'Brien enjoyed sugar in his coffee, often ordering his coffee "double strong, double sweet." (TNG: "Rascals"; DS9: "Babel", "Whispers")

When Deanna Troi was getting to know Clara Sutter in 2368 over a cup of tea, Sutter said she liked her tea with one cube of sugar, while her imaginary friend Isabella liked her tea with two cubes. (TNG: "Imaginary Friend")

In 2370, Quark tried to fix a racquetball match between Julian Bashir and Miles O'Brien by attempting to drug the doctor with a "medicinal brew" consisting of water, sucrose, dextrose, tribnel root extract, grain particulates, yeast, synthehol, and the anesthetic hyvroxilated quint-ethyl metacetamin. Bashir was not amused. (DS9: "Rivals")

Sugar in food

In 2151, Trip Tucker asked T'Pol if she wanted a bite of his pecan pie to taste. She refused as the dessert was "mostly sugar." Tucker retorted that "Vulcans don't have a sweet tooth" and that it "may not be good for the body, but it sure is good for the soul." (ENT: "Breaking the Ice")

In an ultimately unused line of dialogue from the writers' second draft script of "Breaking the Ice", T'Pol stated, "Ingesting sugar dramatically disturbs hormonal levels, often resulting in headache and reduced energy."

Marshmallows were a Terran confection consisting mostly of sugar. They were used in many desserts, including Rocky Road ice cream, and could be toasted over a campfire. (ENT: "Oasis", Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

Tango, a horse once owned by Christopher Pike, enjoyed eating sugar cubes. When the horse appeared as a part of an illusion generated by the Talosians during their attempt to forge a bond between Pike and Vina, Pike began to apologize to Tango for not having any sugar cubes, moments before discovering several cubes in his coat pocket. (TOS: "The Cage")

In 2347, a seven-year-old Ro Laren was given a piece of sugar candy by a Cardassian who led her to a room where she found her father sitting inside. For the next two hours, she was forced to sit and watch as a Cardassian questioned and tortured her father until he died. (TNG: "Ensign Ro")

While on the Caretaker's array in 2371, crew members from the USS Voyager were offered lemonade and sugar cookies. (VOY: "Caretaker")

Metaphoric usages

Sugar was also used to coat pills to enhance the palatability when swallowing the medication. After Doctor Leonard McCoy reported to Captain James T. Kirk that he had just witnessed Alice and the White Rabbit on the Shore Leave Planet, Kirk took the report as "a McCoy pill with a little mystery sugar coating. He wants to get me down there. Afraid I won't swallow it." (TOS: "Shore Leave")

When the USS Enterprise main computer became possessed with the personality of a practical joker after emerging from an energy field in 2270, it deliberately locked McCoy, Sulu, and Uhura in the recreation room as one of its jokes. Upon the discovery of this action, Captain Kirk demanded the computer to release the three; the computer requested that Kirk not only say "please," but to say, "Pretty please with sugar on." (TAS: "The Practical Joker")

The old Earth nursery rhyme entitled "What Are Little Boys Made Of?" cited, "Girls are made from sugar and spice and boys are made from snips and snails." William T. Riker referred to the rhyme, in 2368, during a discussion with the androgynous J'naii Soren. Upon hearing the rhyme, Soren interpreted the words to mean that it "makes it sound better to be female." Riker then clarified, "It's an old-fashioned way of looking at the sexes, not to say that there's no real difference between them." (TNG: "The Outcast")

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