I don't have brown sugar because I buy it as needed. So yesterday when I spur of the moment decided William and I would have butternut squash and apples for lunch, I couldn't find any brown sugar. So I baked it with maple sugar, butter, cinnamon and just a bit of white sugar to stretch out the maple sugar since it's so expensive.
Yum yum!!! Even E ate a couple chunks and said "I don't think I like the squash, but the stuff on it is so good!" so I asked "Do you want to do apples in phyllo that way?" "Oh yes!"
I keep maple sugar on hand for bread baking because even as expensive as it is, I only need to add a bit for a great flavor using whole wheat or spelt flours.
Check out Amy's Stocking Stuffers. Aside from a really nice write up about me, she's got a ton of great ideas for stocking stuffers that would also work well as lunch box treats on special days. Lots of little gift ideas with links, size, and price. She writes them nicely with a fair amount of detail. I added it to my feed list. With my teens I'm always looking for inexpensive stocking stuffer and non-food treat ideas for them.