Happy Birthday, Paul Bunyan!

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They’ve tried to tell me that Paul Bunyan is a mythological legend. Do you think I believe them?

Of course I don’t. I’ve always known about Paul Bunyan. And now I have proof. For how could he be a myth if they baked a birthday cake for him???

He was 128 years old when this cake was baked and I bet he was still going strong, somewhere up in the North Woods where we little people wouldn’t bother him. It looks like a decent recipe – especially that ‘Bunyan Pinch of Salt: 100 pounds‘ (just about the size of a really little person).

And the sugar! Cane sugar,  4000 pounds of it! I’d never heard of the brand used, so did some research and the company is still in operation, in California.

In 1906, the California and Hawaiian Sugar Refining Company began refining pure cane sugar in the small town of Crockett, California, near San Francisco. As cargo ships offloaded raw cane sugar from the Hawaiian Islands, the refinery employed 490 people and produced 67,000 tons of refined cane sugar.

Today C&H produces cane sugar and molasses for a vast U.S. market. The Crockett refinery processes over 700 thousand tons of cane sugar annually –more than 70 types, grades and package sizes, including packaged consumer sugars as well as packaged, liquid and bulk granulated industrial-use cane sugars.

Even today, most people don’t know that some grocery stores carry two different kinds of sugar: cane sugar and beet sugar. Pure Cane Sugar, the kind C&H uses exclusively, is refined from sugarcane plants. The first cultivated sugar crop, sugarcane is grown above ground, nurtured in fresh tropical breezes under warm sunshine. Beet sugar, found in some store brands and in other makers that often don’t specify the source, is extracted from beets grown underground as a root crop.

I wonder if Paul cares what sort of sugar he eats.