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mills minceCleveland Plain Dealer, December 12, 1922. A poignant note of special pleading on behalf of the booze-less mince pie. Perhaps it was Prohibition that killed mince: The dephlogisticated version just didn’t do it for mince fans, and by the time the booze came back, the brand had been fatally undermined.
By the by, I did a search on the phrase “as American as apple pie” in both the Proquest and America’s Historical Newspapers archive. The earliest use that I found was from 1921, but the phrase doesn’t seem to really come into its own until the 1940s. Just coincidence? I think not.

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