Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Cocoa & Confectionery

This is 2 pages of Morris & Jones' wholesale grocery price list from 1889.  I was amazed at the amount of cocoa but should not have been so surprised, really, considering the huge role chocolate products still play in our shopping today.    The salesman has annotated his list with extra products including the delicious-sounding Vanilla Choc Cocoa.

By contrast to the half a page for cocoa there's only one line for Cod Liver Oil. I don't recognize any of the coffee brands but I remember Brown & Polson Cornflour, and of course you can still buy Bird's Custard Powder.

Confectionery apart from chocolate seemed to be concentrated on lozenges - including Cayenne Lozenges which sound like something out of Harry Potter. The salesman has written a note that American Lozenges are "going very slowly".

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