This is a great recipe and offers us a glimpse at the life of a young 14 year old teenage girl, Miss Jessie Miller, living in Washington D.C. We know that: 1). she didn’t go to school. 2). she had a brother who did go to school, 3). her father was the attorney general, so she comes from an educated family, 4). she cooked and was proud of her candy, and 5). boys were important to her. Not much has changed in 120 years with regards to No. 5.
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Source: The Salt Lake Herald, December 25, 1889.