10/1/18 – Molasses

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Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.

A new week at 5CT, and we still have four more recaps left to do, so let’s go ahead and take care of the first one up for bids.

LearnedLeague precedent (LL78, MD19) – What is the common term for the thick, dark brown, uncrystallized residue, similar to black treacle, obtained from cane or beet sugar during the refining process?

The black gold featured in this question is molasses. I think I first mentioned treacle back in the earliest days of British food words. I’m now 6 for 6, but the streak ends tomorrow.

It’s too tough for some, but let’s go over some questions about syrup’s cousin, molasses. Enjoy!

The most popular brand of molasses in the US features the logo seen here. What possessive name does this brand have?

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Question 1

2. Although I’m not sure it’s molasses in the strictest sense, the syrup seen here is called “what” molasses, as it is made with its namesake fruit? This molasses is called dibs rumman in Arabic, and tops various meat and bean dishes in the Middle East.

Q2Molas
Question 2

3. Anadama bread, seen here, is made of rye, molasses, and cornmeal, and was created in the 1850s in which US state? This state was also the site of the famous Great Molasses Flood of 1919.

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Question 3

4. While gas is often billed as unleaded, molasses is often billed as un-what element-ed, as a certain oxide was once popular as a preservative, killing off mold and bacteria? Today, not using oxide has led to better shelf life, better flavor, and less chance of toxicity.

5. When you boil sugar cane, you create molasses. If you boil it three times, you create blackstrap molasses, but if you boil it once, you create a sweet, light molasses that is sometimes named for what Caribbean nation? This nation still produces molasses due to the heavy sugar cane found there, and shown here is a 2015 photo of truckers illegally dumping contaminated molasses onto the island.

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Question 5

6. Molasses, raisins, and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg are the traditional ingredients in what New England treat with a crabby name?

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Question 6

ANSWERS BELOW:

1. Grandma’s
2. Pomegranate
3. Massachusetts (read about the flood here)
4. Unsulphured
5. Barbados
6. Hermit

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