Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Fetching Sugar Spoon Recipes

I, for one, don't need an excuse to celebrate sugar. Today, we're not celebrating any old sweetener though. We're celebrating the company known as Domino Sugar which was officially "recognized by the US patent office on October 8, 1901. Actually, Domino had it's canes planted way before 1901. It's the dear offspring of a company called the American Sugar Refining Company. Yes, it's true, I am pulling at threads here but hey, I think you will agree, a little bit of sugarcoating is a good thing. Don't you think? As long as it has to do with all things gilded in pure unadulterated sugar!
Domino Sugar @ wikipedia
In 1799, William Frederick Havemeyer, who had been an apprentice of a London sugar refiner, began running Mr. Seaman's refinery in New York City. His brother joined him in 1802. On January 1, 1807, a new plant was opened as Wm. and F.C. Havemaker. Another plant superseded this one in 1859. It was known as Havemayer, Townsend & Co Refinery. By 1864, the refinery was the most modern of its time. After the Sugar Trust was ruled illicit in 1891, Henry Osborne Havemeyer and Theodore A. Havemeyer were elected as chairman and president, respectively, of the American Sugar Refining Company. This allowed the company to acquire five additional refineries. The company became known as Domino Sugar in 1900 and was officially recognized by the patent office on October 8, 1901. In 1916, it became the first company to offer individually wrapped sugar tablets. The company invented the transparent window carton in 1920. source
Domino Sugar Corporation traces its roots back to William Havemeyer, an enterprising English immigrant who had worked as a supervisor in a cane sugar refinery and arrived in New York in 1799. When his brother Frederick, a former sugar boiler, joined him three years later, the two young men saved their money from a baking business they operated together, and then established a sugar refinery on Vandam Street in 1807. The land on which the firm was situated had been leased from Trinity Church and, over the next few years, the Havemeyer brothers were able to purchase the land and expand their business. Named W. & F.C. Havemeyer Company, William and Frederick boiled and refined raw sugar cane in a small one-room building. Yet by 1816, the Havemeyer Company had expanded its operations to such an extent that it was able to produce nearly nine million pounds of sugar annually. source
How New York Ate 100 Years Ago
"The first sugar refinery in New York City was opened on Liberty Street in 1730 by Nicholas Bayard. Most raw sugar was imported to the colonies from overseas and the city was soon a center of sugar refining largely because of the port and the high local demand for sugar. The industry attracted such prominent families as the Livingstons, the Bayards, the Cuylers, the Roosevelts, the Stewarts, and the Van Cortlandts... William Havemeyer, and Frederick C. Havemeyer... opened the refinery...in 1805 on Vandam Street. source
Who comes to eat with you,
Gets many a lump of sweetness too

Bewitching Sugar Recipes

I'm thrilled to be sharing a few recipes from a sweet cookbook titled Sugar Spoon Recipes from the Domino Sugar Bowl Kitchen, copyright 1962. Do I begin by chuckling at the adorable pictures I know I will be uploading? Do I try to make the case on why I believe pop artist Peter Max is responsible for all the enchanting pictures? Or, do I just leave you the recipes and the pictures with perhaps, a bit of commentary on the side? Yes! so, what I'm going to do, is share the enticing pictures which introduce the sugary recipes. Now, let me warn you, most of these recipes are pretty "ordinary" recipes. Many of them at one time or another probably found on the back of a 5lb. bag of sugar. The way I see it, sweet and ordinary are just fine with me...

Let's begin with a recipe for Blondies...How cute is this? There's another delicious Blondie recipe over at Cookie Madness.

Who doesn't desire a slice of Devil's Food Cake every now and again and again...
Now for some frosting. How's Velvet Fudge Frosting sound?
Sugarcoated Lollipops
October is also Cranberry Month! Here's a way to Eat More Cranberries (previous post)
Naughty me, I didn't include the recipe for hard sauce for the Steamed Date Pudding
This recipe for Sugartop Blueberry Muffins is often requested form Domino. I think it was once on the back of the Domino Sugar bag.
Ever heard of Nesselrode Pie? What about Gateaux Jos Louis. A sweet indulgence opposite May West.
Craving more sweets? Jesse over at Cakespy has The Sweet 100 list for you to devour...

1. Domino Sugar Website
2. History of Sugar
3. Gateaux Jos Louis
4. Domino Sugar Joe Louis Cakes


  1. What a brilliant book! Thank you so much for sharing, the pictures are really enchanting...

  2. I love the pictures! The blondie recipe sounds pretty old school. I'm going to have to try it. I think, however, that I like the new type blondies that are a mix of brown sugar and granulated.

  3. sugar should be its own food group! :))

  4. Hi Lidian: One of favorite "sweet" books? It's just adorable...

    Hi Anna, Your Blondie recipes have nothing on this one. I know, I've tried them. This book is more about the cute pics.

    Hey burekaboy,
    You mean it isn't:)

  5. The booklet is so cute. I especially like the spoon people. I am going to try and find a copy of it.
    A week or so ago I saved the sweet 100 list. I think it will be fun to keep track of those I try.

  6. Hi Rochelle, the book is definitely worth searching for. It is simply darling. I couldn't even pick my favorite but the spoons are just so cute. Thanks for dropping by...


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