Civil War Box, from Sutlers to Rations
This attractive candy box tells the story of Civil War sweets. Comes with a variety of Civil War sweets – or what would become sweets- that were used as food, medicine, and a treat depending on circumstances. An inset tells the story of each. Perfect for a history, military, food or Civil War buff.
A Bit of History
Soldiers in the Civil War ate a variety of sweets – or what would later become sweets. Here are some of them from your Civil War collection:
Licorice Root: The British brought licorice to North America in the 1600s. Civil War Soldiers chewed the root and used it as a spice. It was said to ease stomach pain and serve as a laxative. Later, it became a penny candy.
Rock Candy: Since the early 1500s, rock candy has been used as a preservative, medicine for sore throats, and the core ingredient in an 1800s saloon drink: Rock and Rye. Used by Civil War soldiers throughout the war.
Peanut Brittle: The iconic brittle came to the U.S. with the Irish – the peanut with the enslaved people. The two ingredients came together in a mid-1800s recipe from Virginia. Brittle was eaten by Confederate soldiers.
Molasses Pulls: Originally eaten by enslaved people and later Confederate soldiers, the pulls were a favorite at turn-of-century make-your-own “pull” parties and penny candy stores.
Peanuts : Originally from Argentina, peanuts arrived in North America with the slave trade. During the Civil War, troops relied on the peanut as it was nourishing and readily available. It soon became a favorite of the North.
Sassafras: Native Americans, enslaved people, European Americans and Civil War soldiers used the root as a tea, spice and medicine. Later it was the core ingredient in another American favorite: the root beer. Contained in Civil War-era stain glass.
Jelly Beans: Union soldiers enjoyed a new kind of sweet: Turkish delight covered with a sugar shell: later known as the “jelly bean.”
Sorghum: Abolitionist used sorghum as an alternative to cane sugar: later it was used by Civil War soldiers and families at home.
Horehound: A sturdy plant the settlers brought from England. Americans, including Civil War soldiers, ate horehound candies as a remedy for sore stomach and throats and as a treat.
Bugs: Eaten by the soldiers by accident or for nourishment – goes back through human history.