Ingredients: Molasses (treacle)
A dark, thick syrup product made from extracting sugar from either sugar beets or cane. It is sweet and slightly bitter in flavor.
India, as early as 500 BCE.
Christopher Columbus brought sugar cane and molasses processing techniques to the Caribbean. Molasses then became an important product in what is often called the Atlantic “Triangular Trade.” Europeans enslaved African and Native people to grow sugar cane and produce molasses, which was then used to make rum, which was then sold back to Europe and Africa as a way of purchasing more African people for enslavement.
Molasses was the most popular sweetener in the United States until the cost of refined sugar dropped after World War I.
“Molasses” from New World Encyclopedia” https://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/ Molasses
“Molasses History” by Peggy Trowbridge Filippone (2019) https://www.thespruceeats.com/history-of-molasses-1807630
“What is Molasses” by Bethany Moncel (2019) https://www.thespruceeats.com/what-is-molasses-1328678