Rationing began in the year 1940. This meant each person could buy only a fixed amount of certain foods each week. Much of Britain’s food was shipped over from other countries. .
Why Did The Government Issue Rationing Books ?
It was to make sure that everybody got a fair share of the food available.
When was rationing introduced ?
National Registration Day
There were no supermarkets then but different shops for different items for example, the green grocer=fruit and vegetables, a butcher’s shop = meat, a fisher monger = fish, a baker = cakes and bread and a grocer jam, tea, biscuits and cheese. Other shops sold clothes etc.
Stuff that were rationed during the war were bananas that were scarce and many other things including sugar, butter, cheese, eggs, milk, tea and chocolate.
Clothes, fuel oil, rubber, type writers , cooking oils and many other things were rationed too .
This was happening because the Nazis or the Germans were sinking the ships that were important for e.g. foods and materials. As you know nowadays a Kit Kat wrapper is red but at that time it was blue. Then it was made with plain chocolate and now it is made with milk chocolate .The type of sweeties they ate were cough sweets and cakes.
Ration books were given by your local shop. You had to go and register for one and fill it in.
Children had to eat their dinner before eating their pudding or sweet.
The Ministry of Food for war cookery printed a leaflet for a number of recipes which you could cook including puddings and sweets . Each recipe was enough for four people .