A water soluble, aqueous browning agent derived from dextrose that provides oven-baked, golden-brown color upon heating. Maillose provides stable browning with no flavor effect. Maillose is ideal for applications to products with delicate flavor profiles. Maillose requires a caramel color designation. However, it is truly not a caramel color, as it provides browning through the Maillard reaction. Maillose is an excellent cross linker, providing texture to food items.