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How Sweet It Is

Cake Mix Box

Cake Mix Box

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Pejepscot Historical Society

Desserts today reflect our modern lives. We are busy people. We also like instant gratification. Mainers can make strawberry shortcake with fruit from California any time of the year.

Desserts are no longer reserved for special occasions or even the end of meals. Cookbooks encourage this trend but as you can learn in this exhibit, the American sweet tooth has a long history.

Technology is not only tools and power sources. Preservatives made it possible to package ready-to-mix ingredients for long shelf life. As baking became easier, expectations also changed. With so many timesaving devices and mixes, why not make a dessert everyday? In marketing these modern wonders, advertisers were quick to suggest that desserts could be a family's reward even for the busiest homemakers.

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