History

Sugar, spice, and everything not quite nice

by Kirana Soerono & Pei Ying Loh

Tis the holiday seasons! You know what that means: Yankee candles, Starbucks christmas drinks, mulled wine, eggnogs, gingerbread cookies, pfeffernüsse and more. What is the holiday seasons without the quintessential spices and flavourings of Christmas, such as nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, sugar, and black pepper?

These spices are sure to make you feel warm and fuzzy. Fold them into your cake batter, or sprinkle them on your favorite hot drink to add more depth to its flavor. Some people even use them in obscure Internet challenges (which Kontinentalist does not advise!).

Christmas spices are not just delicious—they are a great source of anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and vitamin goodness. Today, these spices can be found in any grocery store throughout the world, but these spices have a dark past.

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Pei Ying Loh / Head and Co-Founder

Pei Ying wears many hats in Kontinentalist. She leads the company in achieving its overall business and editorial goals, making strategic business development plans, and managing partnerships. Her background and passion for history is the driving force behind many of her stories, which delve into cultural and historical contexts. In her free time, she is likely tending to her veggie garden, cooking, or cuddling her two fat cats.

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Kirana Soerono

Kirana is a digital native with a passion for creative content strategy. She has over four years of PR and marketing experience spanning from a multinational corporation, an agile digital startup, to a creative agency. In her spare time, she binge-watches cat videos on the Internet—just like everybody else.

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