Our Heritage

Sweet things happen when families are together in the kitchen. That's why for generations,

Texas families have baked with love and Imperial Sugar. When it comes to treasured family traditions, Imperial Sugar tastes like home.

1915
The Household Economist
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1920
A Barrel Full of Imperial Recipes
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1930
A Bag Full of Recipes
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1940
Aunt Cora's Book of Unusual Cakes and Cookies
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1948
Home Freezing of Fruits and Vegetables
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1949
So You're Canning...
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1951
Sue's Candy Kettle and Some of Her Success Secrets
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1954
Teena in the Kitchen
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1957
Grandma's Pantry Shelf and Some of Her Preserving Secrets
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1959
My First Cookbook
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1959
Homemade Summer Coolers - Quick and Easy
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1959
Icings, Frostings and Cake Decorating Made Easy
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Tough Competition

Imperial Sugar has always been a tradition passed down from mother to daughter. This commercial from 1981 introduces us to three generations of award winning cooks - Vondell McLendon, her mother and her daughter.

The Grandmother of Texas Sugars

This commercial from 1993 is sweet in more ways than one. Watch as Lucille Brinson gives us her heartfelt opinion on why she uses Imperial Sugar. Be sure to hold on till the very end. We promise it will be worth the wait.

The Household Economist

Originally broadcast in 1975, this classic Imperial Sugar commercial showcases our Household Economist Cookbook which was based on saving money. The first edition was published in 1915 and was reissued 60 years later. Want to save like grandma did?

 

Download a copy of the Household Economist in our Vintage Cookbooks.

Teena in the Kitchen

This vintage commercial from 1964 showcases the “Teena in the Kitchen” cookbook from Imperial Sugar. There were actually two Teena in the Kitchen cookbooks. The first one was published in 1954 with just a sketching of a young lady on the front. The second was published in 1964 with an actual picture of Nancy Collins, daughter of former U.S. Congressman Jim Collins.

 

You can download a copy of Teena in the Kitchen in our Vintage Cookbooks section.

From Sugar Land to the World

In 1843, along the banks of Oyster Creek in what would later become Sugar Land, the Williams brothers built a sugar mill, began grinding sugar cane, and a Texas legacy was born. The Imperial Sugar Company is the one of the oldest continuously operating companies in the State of Texas.

In 1905 the Kempner family of Galveston, Texas, under the leadership of Isaac H. Kempner and in his partnership with William T. Eldridge, purchased the Imperial Mill and incorporated the Imperial Sugar Company. 

Both then and now, millions of households across Texas and the Southeast embrace the Imperial Sugar brand and the qualities it stands for: consistent baking performance, the highest quality, and a legacy of being the only brand of sugar that makes Grandma's recipes right.

From the beginning, Imperial Sugar has been a trusted name in family kitchens all across Texas. That’s why Imperial Sugar has been at the heart of family traditions and celebrations for generations. We’re the secret ingredient in family-favorite recipes handed down from one generation to another. Home cooks know that when you bake with love and Imperial Sugar, that’s when memories are made.