Our Heritage

For 175 years, Imperial Sugar has been a trusted name in family kitchens all across Texas. The Imperial Sugar Company is the one of the oldest continuously operating companies in the State of Texas and was founded by one of the original 100 families brought to the state by Stephen F. Austin.

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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1950
Romantic Recipes of the Old South and the Great Southwest
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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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1957
From Sugar Cane to Sugar Bowl
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1957
Alice In Brown Sugarland
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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.

It began in 1843…

In 1843, along the banks of Oyster Creek in what would later become Sugar Land, the Williams brothers built a mule-powered 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 and was founded by one of the original 100 families brought to the state by Stephen F. Austin.

By 1883, a 600-ton raw sugar mill was completed and named the "Imperial Mill." In 1896, construction began on a cane sugar refinery in Sugar Land to convert the mill's raw sugar output to 100,000 pounds per day of white refined sugar.

Shortly after the turn of the century, the primary sugar cane fields of Sugar Land were purchased by the Kempner family, an affluent and well-respected family who had established themselves in the area. After the purchase, the Kempner family transferred the title of those properties to a private company they had formed, the Imperial Sugar Company. Soon thereafter, the Imperial Sugar Company was incorporated.

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. 

For 175 years, Imperial Sugar has been a trusted name in family kitchens all across Texas. Sweet things happen when people come together in the kitchen, and 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. 

For more information on Imperial Sugar or the history of Sugar Land, please visit The Old Sugar Land Clubhouse blog, "A blog for old timers, plus their friends and family, who are linked by memories of Sugar Land and its schools, or have an avid interest in the history of Sugar Land."