Chocolate Caramels ~1897

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Montgomery Ward and Co’s Common Sense Cookery, 1897, Chocolate Caramels Recipe

Chocolate Caramels Recipe

Here is a recipe which is cheap, simple, and never fails! Love it!


  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 teacupfuls of white sugar
  • 1 piece of butter the size of a small egg
  • 1/4 lb. of grated chocolate – but you don’t have to grate it, just break it up

As someone who is in the language business, I though that the last sentence was fascinating. The author states that the cook doesn’t have to grate the chocolate because, “it is a waste of time to grate it.” Waste of time is one of those American expressions that is stuffed with cultural values. And, it would seem, a common expression even in the late 1800s household. Fascinating.

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