Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Vintage Thursday Thingie: Advertisements from 1931

I thought I'd share today some advertisements from 1931. I had no idea that Baker's Chocolate has been around since 1780.


Today we can say that Baker's Chocolate is the Choice of Good Cooks for two centuries and thirty years! And why is it called Baker's Chocolate...not as I always assumed because it's used by bakers-but because Dr. James Baker imported the beans and made the chocolate and named the company for himself!

Only unsweetened chocolate was made by the Baker's Chocolate Company until 1852 when an employee, Samuel German created a new sweetened chocolate...leading to German Chocolate Cake. Got me on that one too...I always assumed the recipe had come from Germany!

If chocolate desserts aren't your thing...how about some Junket. Lots of recipes here...brought to you by the Junket Folks and there's Little Miss Junket on the box! Junket has been around since 1874.
And what would you make your chocolate dessert or Junket dessert in...Pyrex of course! Plain glass Pyrex-since its 1931-but you could get the whole 10 piece set for $5.15!
Click on the pictures to enlarge and you can read all the advertising copy! Hope you enjoyed these ads and if anyone makes one of the Junket desserts-please let me know!

For more vintage treasures, hop on over to Coloradolady...you'll just love what everyone is sharing today! I'm also linking to Saturday's Week-end Cooking at Beth Fish Reads

20 comments:

P. said...

Those are great ads! I didn't know about Baker or German either. What in the world was Junket anyway, an early type of cooked pudding mix? Love the old Pyrex ad!

Roslyn said...

Oh junket, my um used to make it, haven't had it in many decades.

jan said...

Very interesting! I thought the German Chocolate originated in Germany, too! Advertising has really changed - so many words! These days, it's all pictures and images!

LV said...

I have heard of these products for years. Just did not know the history of them. Thanks for an interesting piece of information.

Vonlipi said...

It's a known fact everything tastes better in Pyrex!

Thanks for all that info. I love learning new stuff!

jlshall said...

Great post! I love old advertising, and I used to collect Pyrex bake ware, so I enjoyed seeing the Pyrex ad. But I'm not even sure what Junket is, so don't think I'll be making it anytime soon!

Happy VTT, and Happy Summertime! from Joy @ Joysweb

Coloradolady said...

What a interesting post....never knew that about German Chocolate...I love it when we learn something new!! Loved the Pyrex ad....really nice. Have a a great VTT!

Sally Annie Magundy said...

Hi Miri!
I love this post! So much fun to find out that Baker's Chocolate has been around since 1780. I wonder if we still use any other name brands from that long ago??? I've never heard of Junket, that's sure been around long time too.

Happy VTT!
Sally

viridian said...

I am not familar with junket but it sounds like today's instant pudding mixes? Pyrex is great - and you can use it in the microwave, unlike metal dishes.

Postcardy said...

I never would have guessed that Barker's and German came from men's names.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

How fun this post was girl...I loved seeing the old ads...Thanks for sharing...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Fabulous ads! I am a huge fan of *double-duty* dishes :)

Blessings!
Gail

marianedwardsdreamweaver said...

what a fun & informative post, Miri..i love those old advertisements!

thanks also for your lovely comments :) x

Diann said...

It is so fun to read those old ads! I have a few that I have found and framed.

Rebecca Everett said...

Oh my goodness, what neat history. Who knew it was around for so long. Thanks for sharing I love seeing vintage advertisements

Beth F said...

What great fun! I loved the ads. I didn't know German chocolate was that old but I did know that they invented the German Chocolate Cake. For some reason my mother knew that and told me way back in about 1980 when I was looking for recipe. The recipe used to be right on the package of chocolate.

Thanks so much for sharing these; Jan is right, advertising has sure changed.

Kim said...

That was a fun post to read! I love to look at old ads and recipes--times were so much simpler back then!
*smiles*

JoAnn said...

This was such fun to read... and I learned a thing or two. Thanks for posting!

caite said...

I knew about Mr. Baker..but not the German chocolate cake. Woo, who knew!

gnoegnoe said...

That's so cool! I love history, especially cooking/food related :)