Mesoamericans revered the cacao as a gift from the gods. It was was also used as currency—drinking cacao was much like drinking gold. The Colonists mixed the cacao with sugar and spices which they drank or ate for health and flavor. The cacao bean has a thin, protective shell that many eat to offset the bitter taste of the bean within while preserving the distinct flavor. Complex and filling, cacao beans taste like dark chocolate because they are dark chocolate! 2 oz heat-sealed bag with the history on the label.
Sugars and sweets were more than a welcome addition to wartime supplies. They were critical to the lives of the men and women who were fighting, as humans must have sugar to survive. Sugar also served as a medicine, fermenting agent, preservative, and flavoring. Where did these sugars and sweets came from? That depended on time period, location, and industrial development. In the Revolutionary War, food may have come from the Continental Congress or sutlers who pitched make-shift shops and bum boats who sold supplies at sea. In the Civil War, government-operated commissaries opened their doors and, in World War I, the War Department initiated rations to make food less perishable and more nutritious. At all times, those at land, sea and air received welcome packages from home, whether churches, associations, and, most welcome of all, family and friends. As for the selections—sugar chunks and cacao beans during the Revolution; molasses pulls and jelly beans in the Civil War; chocolate covered raisins in World War I; sour balls in World War II. And much more. Always enjoyed. Always appreciated. Rich with love.
Experience what Revolutionary War soldiers ate, bought from sutlers, and received in packages from home.
12 samples ranging from crystalized ginger to nipped brown sugar, dried fruit and cacao beans.
Comes with a tag with a historic image and story on back.
Step Back in Time…
The Revolutionary War years were a time of food shortages and hunger. Supplies came from packages, donations, or were foraged from the earth. Sugars and sweets among them – used as medicine, food, and a source of sustenance. Enjoy the surprisingly delicious flavors of the Revolutionary War tent in this authentic, curated box!
Government Rations & Packages From Home
From the government came coffee beans, eaten whole or boiled. Chocolate was enjoyed for health and virility. Also sent was molasses, significant to early Americans as an accessible and inexpensive food that was sometimes pulled as a taffy-like treat – the molasses pull. From home, a variety of treasures such as dried fruit and the curative-turned-candy stain glass.
Foraged Finds & Sutler Tents
Foraging offered roots, such as licorice root – 50x sweeter than cane sugar. Pecans and other nuts, as well as seeds from watermelons, squash, and sunflowers. From sutlers, government-approved but still disreputable vendors who followed troops, and bumboats, their seafaring counterparts, came practical and hard-to-find items: ginger, coconut, and pepper. Although supplies were meager, Continental soldiers had more than the British – one important reason for victory.
Revolutionary War Supply Tent In A Box… brought to you by the nation’s ONLY researched-based historic candy company. Our founder, Susan Benjamin, is author of numerous articles, even a book on the subject (her tenth) on Smithsonian’s Best Books About Food. Everything you get from True Treats is the best possible, most delicious version of her scholarly research – and Revolutionary War Supply Tent In A Box is no exception. True Treats products are sold in museum gift stores across the county. Enjoyed in homes everywhere!
Watch this Video from Candy Historian Susan Benjamin on Revolutionary War Candy!
Sweets, treats and sugar plums used for health, medicine, and refreshment plus card w/historic image by Paul Revere plus story. *Due to availability, some contents are subject to change*
Step Back In Time…
The 1700s was a time of exploration. War. Settlement and enslavement. And sugar played a central role in the lives of everyone who lived it. Experience the flavors of the 1700s with this authentic curated collection of sweets and snacks.
Roots, Sap… and the “White Man’s Fly”
Maple sugar was native to North America, and honey bees arrived with settlers. Native Americans called them the “white man’s fly.” Licorice root (ground) which is 50x sweeter than cane sugar, appeared in the 1600s. Native Americans and colonists chewed the root to clean their teeth. They also carried a ready supply of seeds – watermelon, pumpkin, and sunflower among them.
Candied Flowers, Sugar Plums… and Stain Glass Candy?
Well-to-do European Americans coated flower petals and almonds in sugar and rolled nuts and seeds in sugar syrup to create sugar plums and cream filberts. They also boiled sugar to make stain glass and other “sweetmeats” and added it to a chocolate drink made from cacao beans.
Enslaved Workers & Sultans
Brown sugar contained molasses, the remnants of the sugar cane production, giving it its ebony hue. Enslaved workers pulled the molasses to make a forerunner to taffy – molasses pulls. First made in 9th century Arabic apothecaries, Turkish Delight was loved by a sultan in the 1700s, thus the “Turkish” name. Colonists likely enjoyed Turkish Delight, which they would have experienced in Europe.
Candy… Worth Its Weight In Gold?!
Move over regular gems and jewels, candy is the new (old) currency! Did you know that the Aztecs considered cacao beans a valuable currency? Revolutionary War soldiers accepted chocolate as payment instead of cash!
What’s In Our Candy Jewelry Box?
An exclusive and highly tasteful assortment of sugar gems and chocolate nuggets, a candy necklace, watch, bracelet and ring. Always in good taste. A perfect gift for any child, tucked in an elegant box with a ribbon and tag. Items may vary based on availability.
Retro Candy Fit For A Princess!
Calling all future queens! This collection of candy comes in adorable plastic purse with a variety of candies no little princess can live without. What purse is complete without a little spending money… in this case, chocolate coins. Did you know that the Aztecs considered cacao beans a valuable currency? Revolutionary War soldiers accepted chocolate as payment instead of cash!
What’s In Our Princess Purse?
Everything from candy buttons, lifesavers, a candy necklace or bracelet, mints, and more! Most selections are from the retro period of candy, with classics that parents and grandparents are sure to remember. Contents may vary depending on availability.
Seriously – what could be better for the chocolate lover – kid’s size, grown-up size, something for everyone PLUS a card telling the story of chocolate AND the gift card of your choice. But what can you expect from the chocolate timeline gift box? Chocolate through chocolate history from cacao nibs, straight from the tree, to the ever-growing assortment of the 1800s – from nonpareils to chocolate covered fruit and nuts, and candy bars – many made with the ORIGINAL recipes. Naturally the box comes with chocolate covered caramels plus truffles and other 1900s treasures… Why settle for anything less than what time gives us!
Depending on the size, you get 12-or 15 samples
Chocolate Gift Box… brought to you by the nation’s ONLY researched-based historic candy company. Our founder, Susan Benjamin, is author of numerous articles, even a book on the subject (her tenth) on Smithsonian’s Best Books About Food. Everything you get from True Treats is the best possible, most delicious version of her scholarly research – and Chocolate Gift Box is no exception. True Treats products are sold in museum gift stores across the county. Enjoyed in homes everywhere!
A Taste of Candy History from Colonial to Retro
Follow the timeline through three centuries of exploration, war, settlement, enslavement and freedom. The rise of industry to the technology boom. And sugar played a central role in the lives of everyone who lived it, every step of the way. Experience the crunchy, sweet, savory, boozy, and botanical flavors of the 1700s, 1800s, and 1900s with this authentic curated collection. Contains 36 samples – three from each time period – PLUS a keepsake card with an authentic period illustration on the front and the story on the back.
Truffles, complete with a rich peanut butter filling, one of the most beloved candy combinations today. Come in a bag of three with a keepsake tag containing the story of the truffle on the back. Impossible to resist. Who knew truffles were originally made by the French in the mid-1800s – even then they were considered the most alluring and beautiful chocolates. By the late-1800s, they became the ultimate sign of courtship and unbridled love. The styles have changed and the filling has ventured away from the traditional ganache, but no one is complaining.
This American candy first appeared in the 1880’s. Buckeyes are still a favorite! Named for its resemblance to the nut of Ohio’s buckeye tree that Native Americans thought looked like a “buck’s eye.” It’s the perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter! Five handmade buckeyes per package with the history on the label.
Delicious Since 1917 – The Moon Pie
Dating back to 1917, it was a food especially created when a Kentucky coal miner asked a traveling salesman named Earl Mitchell, for a snack “as big as the moon.” Soon after, the gentleman brought back the Moon Pie and hardworking coal miners loved it because it was delicious, filling, and it fit perfectly in their lunch pails.
Moon Pies… An Appalachian Favorite!
A delightful Appalachian favorite alongside other yummy treats like Corn Flake Candy and Potato Candy. Nowadays, Moon Pies are still enjoyed everywhere and sometimes paired with an RC Cola! Sold individually.