1941: Carrots on Sticks Chris June 20, 2012 1940-1949, People, War 16 CommentsFavourited 647 times Add to favourites 16 Responses John June 20, 2012 This post makes little sense without an explanation. I think these must be some kind of ice cream or popsicle thing. If these were real carrots, there would be absolutely no reason to put them on a stick. Anyone? Reply dr z June 20, 2012 Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lmNyoxujac Carrots on a stick was was the official wartime substitute for ice-cream, and some British children born just before the war didn’t discover what ice-cream actually was until the fighting had finished and rationing stopped. The carrot on a stick was offered as the alternative when supplies ran low, because sugar needed to make ice-cream was one of the first luxuries to be hit on rationing, along with bacon and butter. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2123981/In-day-got-Easter-carrot-stick-World-War-Two-showreel-reveals-children-swapped-ice-cream-carrots.html#ixzz1yMH0q4Fy Reply Mark June 20, 2012 I don’t know. The faces on the kids in the second picture seem to indicate that they’re actually eating carrots on a stick! “Let’s go have a treat, kids!” “Yaaaaaay!” Carrots on a stick? What’s next? Brussel sprout sorbet? Reply Coyote June 20, 2012 You can watch the entire story on the British Pathe website: http://www.britishpathe.com/video/easter-1941/query/carrot+on+a+stick Reply Kay June 20, 2012 No one is mentioning how big those carrots are! Reply David L. June 20, 2012 Britain was fighting desperate wars against Germany amd Japan. Imports were limited, due to U-boats sinking freighters. Food was severely rationed, especially imported foods like sugar. The top of the sign advertises “Ices”, but it’s crossed out because frozen treats are not available anymore. Not long after this, food was rationed in the U.S., though things were not as tight as in Britain. There was not a single private motorcar produced in the U.S. during the war; those plants were making bombers and jeeps. Gas was rationed, sugar was rationed, meat was rationed, and good luck getting a new tire, if you were lucky enough to have a car. To learn more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II Reply Joanne June 20, 2012 Wonder how they got them on the sticks. I’d hate that job. Carrots are pretty tough and those big babies are especially so. Also, why is the little girl licking it? What pleasure can you get from licking a carrot? Reply Martin June 21, 2012 Not that odd when I was a preteen I remember being able to buy pickle on a stick and that was in the early 90s Reply Mark June 21, 2012 They had STICKS??!! LUXURY! When I was a kid, we had to eat carrots with our BARE HANDS! Reply Dave June 21, 2012 How dare you compare a plain ole’ everyday carrot to Carrot On A Stick! Well, it’s on a stick! It’s always nice to have the luxury of eating your carrots on a stick. Obvious! Reply Rick June 21, 2012 The Pathe newsreel is fantastic: http://www.britishpathe.com/video/easter-1941/query/carrot+on+a+stick “Now, due to that nasty piece of work from Germany..” Got to love that British understatement. Reply Sloop John B June 21, 2012 Have been informed that they were made from frozen carrot juice as a lollipop substitute – and obviously healthy too Reply Fel June 23, 2012 “Oh, gee. Thanks, Mommy. Just what we always wanted.” Reply Red Cardinal June 23, 2012 >>Have been informed that they were made from frozen carrot juice as a lollipop substitute – and obviously healthy too Now that makes sense of them being on a stick then. Actually, looking at the photos again they do look like frozen carrot ice lollies rather than actual raw carrots. Reply Gopher August 28, 2012 This innovative snack needs to come back to the shelves hahaha Reply P'Gell October 10, 2012 Yet an other reason why War is Hell. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.