Appears in
Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

By Darra Goldstein

Published 2015

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Winnie-the-Pooh, a loveable bear from children’s literature, climbed stickily into posterity in 1926 as he headed for a buzzing noise that he knew would yield honey. See honey. Inspired by a London Zoo bear from Canada named Winnie, who had a taste for sweetened condensed milk, Winnie-the-Pooh was created by the author A. A. Milne and illustrator Ernest H. Shepard. In a series of books the two portrayed Pooh not only as Christopher Robin’s cherished toy, but also as the embodiment of childhood delights. The bear’s exploits, translated into over 50 languages, including Latin, spawned a Disney character and adult works like The Tao of Pooh.