Enjoy Some 'Sweet' Facts, Quotes and Tunes

  • January is National Hot Tea month. No word on National Hottie month yet.
  • "Sweets reveal both our greediness and our generosity; through sweets you can break friends as easily as make friends. They are given as rewards, and that association remains with us for the rest of our lives. They are also taken away, or banned, as punishment..." Sweets: A History of Candy by Tim Richardson
  • Sugar prolongs the life of fresh cut flowers.
  • June 10 is National Iced Tea Day every year.
  • Scientists think people evolved to prefer sweet tastes because most bitter tastes are indicative of poisons.
  • "Sugar may be said to be the universal condiment, which never spoils anything." The Physiology of Taste by Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
  • Sugar cane stalks can reach 30 feet high.
  • Mark your calendar for September 29 if you are a coffee lover - it's National Coffee Day every year.
  • "You don't exactly eat a sweet. A sweet is not a food. You put it in your mouth and it kind of happens to you." Sweets: A History of Candy by Tim Richardson
  • Christopher Columbus introduced sugar to the New World in 1493 on his second voyage.
  • Austin Sugarworks can help you turn your logo into a piece of sugar art. Talk about a sweet promotion!
  • According to Alsatian tradition, children wanting a sibling can coax the baby-bringing stork by leaving a sugar cube on the windowsill. (Thanks to Dorothy Brady for that great fact!)
  • Sugar isn't limited to tea or coffee: the classic French absinthe ritual involves placing a sugar cube on a flat perforated spoon, which rests on the rim of a glass containing absinthe. Ice water is then very slowly dripped on to the sugar cube, which gradually dissolves and drips into the absinthe, causing the green liquor to change into an opalescent white.
  • Sugar’s name originated from the Sanskrit word “Sharkara,” which means “material in a granule form." Sugar was one of the first pharmaceutical ingredients, used (as it still is today) to mask the bitter taste of medicines.
  • You could have more than 6 Cafe Sugars in your drink and it would still contain less sugar than in a can of soft drink like Coke or Pepsi.
  • Three or four cubes of sugar in a suitcase before storing it will help prevent damp odors.
  • In the Middle East, their denser form of sugar cubes go under your tongue or just inside your bottom lip or between your lips (instead of in the glass), to be melted with each sip.
  • Did you know that our cellophane packaging is recyclable, biodegradable and American-made?
  • Most people know about Wint-o-green Lifesavers sparking in the dark when they are rubbed together (or bitten in half), but did you know the same thing happens when you rub two sugar cubes together in the dark? The effect is called Triboluminescence.