One Lump or Two?
by Collette Cameron
Often, when reading historicals (Over four decades now! Gads!) I’ll read something and not think twice about it.
In this instance, I’m talking about lumps of sugar, you know, as in, Do you want one lump or two in your tea?
For years, I mistakenly assumed it was the British way of referring to sugar cubes, which weren’t patented until 1843 by Jakub Krystof Rad who operated a sugar refinery. According to history, his wife sliced her finger cutting a lump of sugar and complained that sugar should come in a convenient size for a teacup. Being a dutiful husband, he created the nifty little units we take for granted today.
Until the late nineteenth century, sugar was purchased in whitish cone-shaped loaves or…
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