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The Treacle Story

The Story


Once upon a time many years ago, even before Treacle Training was born, there was a hill with a storage shed at the top.

This storage shed was for storing barrels of Treacle, such were the ways in the early 18th century. One day a cart load of Treacle barrels were being transported from the local harbour to the top of the hill and as the last barrel rolled off the back of the horse drawn wagon it escaped down the hill, gathering momentum until it finally crashed spewing Treacle everywhere – hence Treacle Hill.

The shed was reformed into a cottage – hence Treacle Cottage.

A little later, Robert and Liz transformed Treacle Cottage into a Training Centre – hence the birth of Treacle Training.




In Devon, on the eastern edge of Dartmoor, UK, the remains of mines are known locally as "Treacle Mines" since they show a glistening black residue that looks like treacle. In fact, the mines - always on granite - produced a mineral known as Micaceous hematite which was used as pounce to dust early ink to prevent smearing. It was later used in rust-preventing paints and was the last mineral commercially mined on Dartmoor. This definition seems local to a geographical area.



Historically, the Middle English term triacle was used by herbalists and apothecaries to describe a medicine (also called theriac or theriaca) — composed of many ingredients — that was used as anantidote treatment for poisons, snakebites or various ailments. Triacle comes from the Old French triacle, in turn from Vulgar Latin triacula which comes from Latin theriaca the Latinisation of the Greek èçñéáêÞ (thçriakç), the feminine of èçñéáêüò (thçriakos), "concerning venomous beasts", which comes from èçñßïí (thçrion), "wild animal, beast".



Treacle is made from syrups that remain after sugar is removed in its refining process. Raw sugars are first treated in a process called affination so that, when dissolved thereafter, the resulting liquor contains the minimum of dissolved non-sugars to be removed by treatment with activated or bone char. The dark-coloured washings are treated separately, without carbon or bone char. They are boiled to grain (i.e. until sugar crystals precipitate out) in a vacuum pan, forming a low-grade massecuite (boiled mass) which is centrifuged, yielding a brown sugar and a fluid by-product—treacle.


Popular Culture

In chapter 7 of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland the Dormouse tells a story of Elsie, Lacie and Tillie living at the bottom of a well, which confuses Alice, who interrupts to ask. "The Dormouse again took a minute or two to think about it, and then said, 'It was a treacle-well.'" When Alice remonstrated, she was stopped by the Mad Hatter's analogy: "You can draw water out of a water-well, so I should think you could draw treacle out of a treacle-well." Alice said very humbly, "I won't interrupt you again. I dare say there may be one."

In Series 3 episode 6 of Jeeves and Wooster, Bertie Wooster, while trying to make off with an unsightly painting, attempts to use treacle and brown paper to muffle the sound of broken glass. He is foiled, however, by the treacle's stickiness.

Harry potter often eats treacle tart and treacle tart is also mentioned in Agatha Christie's murder mystery novel, 4.50 From Paddington as young Alexander Eastley's favourite dessert.

In the film Around the World n 80 Days Phileas Fogg tells the steward on the RMS Mongolia from Suez to India that his Thursday mid-day meal "has always been, and will always be, hot soup, fried sole, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, baked potato, suet pudding and treacle".

'Treacle' may be used as a “term of endearment”


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