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Sugar In Tea

The taste for sugar in tea developed in Europe toward the end of the seventeenth century and became more common in Britain than elsewhere. The custom is not thought to have come from China with the first imported teas, as the Chinese very rarely drank their tea with sugar. Only a few regions of China added sugar, the most notable being the Bohea Mountains where yellow rock sugar was stirred into the beverage. The British liking for sweetened drinks grew so that by the late eighteenth century, consumption of sugar by the British was ten times greater than in France...