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The Oxo cube (or Oxo tablet, as it was originally called), a cube of dried, solidified beef extract used for making stocks, stews, drinks, etc., has been with us since just before the First World War (‘Chocolate would be very welcome, also Oxo tablets,’ wrote Denis Barnett in a letter from Flanders in November 1914, published in 1915). However, that is not the beginning of the Oxo story. Originally it was a liquid beef extract, first manufactured at the end of the nineteenth century by Liebig's Extract of Meat Company of London and Antwerp. It went under the name Oxo Fluid Beef. The word Oxo was simply a coinage based on ox, with the fancifully Latinate ending -o tacked on.

Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink.

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