I have been told that when one grows up with only molasses as a sweetener on food, it loses its appeal after a number of years. Grandmother Lucy was born in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky on the eve of the Civil War. If a family kept a bee hive or two, there was always sweet honey as an alternate treat to molasses. The bees did require a bounty of flowers, which grew in the fallow fields and along the hedgerows. By 1880, her father Richard had died, so perhaps honey would have also been a barter item, or a source of income for the family.