No, not that kind of dope!
My grandmother on Dad’s side of the family, Bertha Webner, hailed from Uhrichsville, in eastern Ohio. Her speech was littered with interesting words that you didn’t hear anybody else use, like calling a coat a “wrap.” And she made a special kind of icing she called, simply, “dope.”
I’m not sure exactly what the recipe for dope was, but it was great icing. I’m guessing it was made with brown sugar as an ingredient, because it had a certain thickness and coarseness to it. Grandma used to lather it onto her specialty: angel food cake, baked for everybody’s birthday.
So tonight I tried to make a little dope, experimenting with brown sugar, whole milk, and confectioner’s sugar, and used it for icing some Dutch spice cookies. It turned out pretty well, but it’s really not a patch off of Grandma’s concoction. Her dope wasn’t illegal, but it was addictive.