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Need Recs on 18th & 19th Century Products reintroduced to the marketplace


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Need Recs on 18th & 19th Century Products reintroduced to the marketplace

AC | Mar 6, 2006 11:58 AM

Does anyone know of any other food or drink items from the 18th & 19th centuries that are touted as being made according to historical specifications? Or products that were discontinued for a time, but are now being manufactured once again due to a niche demand?

Here are three examples that should give you an idea of what I’m interested in:

American Heritage Chocolates: according to the Washington Post, these chocolates are the result of “Mars Inc.'s joint historic-division research with the University of California-Davis, Fort Ticonderoga in New York and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.” These chocolate sticks taste “the way early Americans enjoyed it -- which apparently was spicy and textured with a less-refined grind of the cocoa bean.”

Potrero 18th Century Style Whiskey: this rye is actually produced by the same company that makes Anchor Steam. According to their website, it’s their “attempt to re-create the original whiskey of America.” Furthermore: “This release was distilled in a small copper pot still at our distillery on San Francisco's Potrero Hill, from a mash of 100% rye malt. Rye was the grain of choice for America's first distillers, and using a mash of 100% rye malt produces a uniquely American whiskey. We have found that handmade oak barrels—lightly toasted in the traditional manner—impart a wonderfully subtle flavor to our 18th-century-style American whiskey. In the 18th century, barrels were made by heating the staves over a fire of oak chips, allowing them to be bent and formed into a barrel shape. During this process, the inside of the barrel would become toasted—but not charred. For aging, we have chosen several uncharred oak barrels—both new and used—to achieve the balanced complexity that complements this whiskey's traditional heritage.”

Hardtack: These biscuit-like crackers are famous as the staple of a Civil War soldier’s diet. G.H. Bent Company stopped manufacturing it around the turn of the century, but demand from re-enactors and historians has caused them to start manufacturing it once again. The appropriate method for its consumption is to fry it in fat and dip it in coffee.


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