Flossie’s Fridays: Week 51

Flossie is ready to start making desserts for Thanksgiving………pecan pie, pumpkin pie, chocolate cake and more!  What do all of these foods need to taste good?  You’ve got it……SUGAR!

Flossie has introduced you to sugar cones before, but it was a long time ago, so she wanted to share information about them again in case you don’t recall.

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In Bath, NC in the 1700s, sugar was very valuable and only wealthy families like the Palmers would have been able to afford the Caribbean-imported sugar cane harvested by enslaved people on large plantations.  Most people here would have sweetened their food with honey that was locally harvested.

The way the sugar was processed led to pouring it into cone shapes or into loaves after it had been boiled and filtered several times.  After the sugar was poured, it was taken out of its cone or loaf and allowed to dry.  Much of the sugar was wrapped and sealed in blue paper.

The sugar was packed hard into the cone, so nippers were used to break off larger pieces; smaller amounts could be scraped off the side with a knife.  If we have sugar sitting out for our guests today, it is usually in a small sugar bowl.  In Colonial times, the family might set the whole sugar cone on a special plate at the dining table.  Do you think they possibly did this to show off their wealth a little?

Flossie thinks it surely is easier the way we have it today…..sugar is already loose and in bags….all we have to do is pour it out!  Of course, a 5 pound bag is too heavy for her, so she flies out of the bag with a thimble full at the time!

All of us at Historic Bath hope that you enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends………..Flossie says, “Be sure to eat something sweet!”

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