Post–Civil War to 1920s

Appears in
Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

By Darra Goldstein

Published 2015

  • About
Between 1870 and 1900 the price of sugar dropped, causing the commodity to lose its luxury status. Jam became an important product for the working class, and dessert gradually became standard as a sweet course after dinner. As more mass-produced consumer products became available, manufacturers looked for ways to tell people about them.