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Did you know?

Sugar was one of the first pharmaceutical ingredients used, as it still is today, to mask the bitter taste of medicines?


More sticky stuff...

One orange has 3 teaspoons of sugar and lemons contain more sugar than strawberries.

Sugar is the only taste humans are born craving

A can of Coke has 39 grams of sugar and a can of Pepsi has 41 grams of sugar. That is about seven teaspoons or 13 lumps of sugar per can!

A spoonful of sugar added to a vase will prolong the life of freshly cut flowers.

There are 725,000 sugar crystals in each cube of sugar.

The trick to curing hiccups is to get the nerves that regulate breathing synchronized by taking a teaspoon of granulated sugar.

Sugar hardens asphalt. It slows the setting of ready-mixed concrete and glue.

Sugar is used in leather tanning, printers' inks and dyes and even in textile sizing and finishing.

Leprechauns don't really have a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but a pot of Shooga Shooga Candy...Ok! We made that up. Could not help ourselves! ;-)

Chemical manufacturers use sugar to grow penicillin.

'Sure' and 'Sugar' are the only two words in the English language that are spelt 'su' and pronounced 'sh'. ... '.

The Sweetest History Lesson:

Humans have been munching on sweets for thousands of years. During ancient times, the Egyptians, Arabs, and Chinese were known to prepare sweet confections of fruit and nuts candied in honey. For years, sugar was traded throughout the Middle East, but it didn't leave that region until the Crusaders discovered the "sweet salt" on their conquests. Sugar spread to Europe sometimes in the 11th century once the Crusaders returned from their travels. Impressed with the exotic sweetened drinks and fruits they found abroad, they created a demand once they landed back home. As sugarcane became available, its high cost made consuming confections and sweets a delicacy accessible only to the wealthy. By the 13th century, Venice was the sugar capital of the world.

When candies originally met cocoa, it did not seem they had much in common. But as they moved from luxury items to the mainstream, that would change. Production of both sugar and cocoa increased and therefore prices decreased, allowing more people to enjoy them. Slowly, chocolate appeared in cakes and pastries. Even with cheaper prices, only the simple boiled sugar hard candies were enjoyed by most in 17th century in England and in the American colonies. It did not take long for early confectioners to start mixing all luscious ingredients together to make chocolate candy. Sweet making developed rapidly into an industry during the early 19th century after the discovery of natural fruit and vegetable juice sweeteners.