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To Further Disrupt the Peace of the Reeve Household

By: Ardis E. Parshall - February 11, 2009

As if it weren’t enough that sugar is the perfect food for health and happiness, it also turns out that the use of sugar is a patriotic duty. Who knew?

From the World War II era:



  1. Another great addition to our year’s supply. Thanks Ardis.

    I’m squarely in the sugar lobby (no, not that one)–in a time when food was scarce and demands for energy high (for those soldiers and marines on Guadalcanal, for example), sugar probably was worth its weight in gold.

    And, if you have a problem with it, then go ahead and bottle your peaches without it this summer!

    Different story in our sedentary days.

    Comment by Mark B. — February 11, 2009 @ 1:02 pm

  2. It would appear that a lot of foodstuffs were being rationed in 1943, so promoting home production and storage of foods reduced the demands on limited supplies. Sometimes the rationing was not always what it appeared, though. One of the major factors in rationing gas during WWII was not that there was a gasoline shortage as much as a rubber shortage, with all the East Indian supplies mostly in Japanese hands. With a limited source of rubber for new tires mostly being used for military purposes, the best way to keep people from complaining about not being able to get tires was to ration gas, so people couldn’t drive as much, and wear out the tires they had.

    Comment by kevinf — February 11, 2009 @ 1:48 pm

  3. In this time of crisis, my family and I will do our part: Wave the flag and consume mass amounts of candy. My wife is in total agreement as she gets ready to leave to exercise.

    Comment by Steve C. — February 11, 2009 @ 3:36 pm

  4. Stop the insanity!

    Comment by Beth Reeve — February 11, 2009 @ 6:22 pm

  5. If you don’t consume pounds and pounds of American sugar, the terrorists will win.

    Comment by Hunter — February 12, 2009 @ 3:17 am

  6. Hunter, you’re right. The Terrorists hate our freedoms, way of life AND our sugar!

    Comment by Steve C. — February 12, 2009 @ 7:12 am

  7. Could someone please hum God Bless America while I lovingly devour my Pixy Stixs with a chaser of Pop Rocks?

    If you are feeling a bit of sugar nostalgia like me, you might check out this fabulous, nutritious and very patriotic web cite:

    Comment by Paul Reeve — February 12, 2009 @ 9:36 am

  8. Next Ardis is going find ads that claim playing the Wii is good for us, and patriotic. When will this madness end?

    Comment by Beth Reeve — February 12, 2009 @ 1:20 pm

  9. It will end when Star Trek is adopted as the official YM/YW program, when my landlord accepts blogging in lieu of rent, and when maple bars are recognized as the snack food of heaven. Not until then!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — February 12, 2009 @ 1:23 pm

  10. In my unit Harry Potter is the unofficial YM/YW program–does that count?

    Comment by Steve C. — February 12, 2009 @ 1:29 pm

  11. [said in the voice of Homer Simpson]


    ….The food of the Gods (capital ‘G’ of course).

    Comment by Hunter — February 12, 2009 @ 2:17 pm

  12. The Wii can’t be good for us, can it? After all, it’s an import. Only a holy (and wholly?) American product like the Xbox 360 and its red ring of death can truly be a patriotic product.

    Comment by Ziff — February 12, 2009 @ 6:17 pm

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