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Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

By Darra Goldstein

Published 2015

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In Greek mythology, the infant Zeus was fed on honey, and in many cultures a ritual drop of honey was placed on the lips of infants, although today honey is not recommended for children under the age of one because of the risk of botulism. West Indians use a mixture of honey, oil, and spices called “Luck,” and in Upper Burma a muslin cloth dipped in honey is given to the baby.

According to Jewish tradition, a child dips a piece of apple in honey on his or her first day of school to symbolize the sweetness of knowledge, and honey cake is served on the Jewish New Year to wish good fortune for the year ahead. See rosh hashanah.