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Public demand for conventionally prepared (i.e. boozy) mince pie was strong enough to punch a hole in Prohibition. And as with every such exception–e.g. alcohol for medicinal purposes, sacramental purposes, industrial and manufacturing purposes–a good deal of the booze thus legalized would find its way onto the consumer black market. It’s not unlike the medical marijuana of today. Clippings (left to right) are from The New York Times, October 31, 1922 and November 11, 1922, and the San Francisco Chronicle, December 25, 1921.



  1. Wow,you’re really onto something !Seems like mince pie is the Forrest Gump of foodstuffs.Did it play a role in the civil war? Emancipation? When are you going to connect mince pie to jazz? Was there a mania for mince pies-in-the-face?

  2. Mince is historically a Yankee dish and I think it pretty much stays that way, so you could look at the Civil War as a struggle between the mince-eating and non-mince-eating sections.

    Haven’t seen anything about mince-in-the-face. It was probably considered too dangerous.

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