The History of Cadbury Chocolate

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The History of Cadbury Chocolate
The History of Cadbury Chocolate (By Joy Stovall at Wikimedia Commons)

In 1824, quaker John Cadbury opened a small shop in Birmingham, England, where he sold tea, coffee, cocoa and drinking chocolate. This humble beginning would eventually grow into a giant company that today exports products around the world.


During the early years, Cadbury expanded his line to include 11 kinds of cocoa and 16 varieties of drinking chocolate. It would be several decades before chocolate was eaten in solid form.

Royal Patronage

Cadbury obtained the patronage of Queen Victoria in 1854, which was a high honor.

New Generation

Cadbury's sons Richard and George took over the family business in 1860. They continued to expand the business and began to focus on candies.

Milk Chocolate

Cadbury introduced its first milk chocolate in 1897.

Cadbury Eggs

The Cadbury Egg was introduced in 1923 and quickly became a popular Easter treat.


Cadbury merged with Schweppes in 1969 and eventually acquired such well-known brands as Canada Dry and Sunkist. Hershey was licensed to manufacture Cadbury chocolate.

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