Cheap Substitute for Sugar

[ Cheap Substitute for Sugar ] Dr. William James Almon

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Contributor Role
Compiler
Contributor Name
Dr. William James Almon

Date: Late 18th century; exact date unknown.

Publication Format
Manuscript

Type
Food

Ingredients
white honey
honey
spiritous liquor
treacle
water

Places
Halifax
Nova Scotia
Hamburgh
St. Petersburg
Hungary
Walachia
Spain

Source: Manuscript Notebook of Dr. William James Almon
Institution: Nova Scotia Archives | Source Origin: Almon Family Fonds | Reference: MG 1 / Microfilm Reel 10,045

Description

Recipes from Hamburg and Petersburgh explaining how to make a sugar substitute from honey and treacle, p. 238.


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A pastry-cook at Hamburgh named Holzen, amas-
-sed a considerable fortune by using white honey, in-
-stead of sugar, in syrups, cordials, stewed fruit
and confectionary. He procured his Honey from 
Hungary, Walachia, and Spain; and the method
he employed to purify it was as follows:
After having melted, scummed, and clarified it, he
dipped into it five or six times successively, a large
nail, made each time, red hot in the fire. He 
also mixed with every half pound of honey a spoon-
-ful of spirituous liquor, which destroyed its melleous
taste. Tarts, especially those composed of cherries or
gooseberries, stewed fruit, prunes [etc.] made with
this Honey, were much finer, and wholesome than
those made with Sugar, and cost only half the
expence, as the price of honey is much less, than
that of Sugar, and as twelve ounces of the former 
will go as far as sixteen ounces of the latter.

Cheap Substitute for Sugar

The celebrated Mr. Lowitz of Petersbourg has
invented the following process for obtaining a suc-
-cedaneum to sugar equally pleasant and salutary 
Viz. Take twelve pounds weight of treacle w th
the same weight of water; then grossly bruising
three pounds of charcoal thoroughly burnt, mix
the whole in a caldron, and let the mixture
boil gently; for half an hour; on a clear wood
fire. - After pouring the liquor through a strain-
-ing bag, replace it on the fire, that the super-
-fluous water may evaporate, and the treacle 
attain its original consistence. 

Annotations
Walachia
A region of Romania