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Cadbury Chocolate

Chocolate Favorites Since the Early 1900s

One of the most well known brands of chocolate in the world is Cadbury. The Cadbury-Schweppes Company is a huge worldwide confectionery and beverage company, with its headquarters in London, England. The company is almost as famous for its soft drinks and other types of confectionary as it is for its chocolate.

In England, John Cadbury began vending tea and coffee in 1824 and later added chocolate to his menu. When Cadbury retired, his sons Richard and George opened a major factory close to the city of Birmingham, England. In 1783, Jacob Schweppe developed a method to make carbonated mineral water, in Switzerland. The two companies merged in 1969 to form Cadbury Schweppes. Cadbury Chocolate also has factories in Ireland, New Zealand and Australia, along with several others in the United Kingdom. Cadbury UK also owns Trebor Bassett, Fry's, Maynards and Halls, which are all well-known makers of fine candy.

In the U.S., the Cadbury Schweppes Company consists of the beverage units Dr Pepper/Seven Up, Inc., Mott's, and Snapple Beverage Group. Although Cadbury chocolate products have been sold in America under the Cadbury trademark name since 1988, the chocolate itself has been manufactured by Hersheys.

Richard Cadbury is credited with inventing the first box of chocolates in 1868, as well as introducing the first Valentine's Day candy box. The company makes a huge variety of well-known chocolate products such as: 99 Flake, Cadbury Caramilk, Creme Eggs, Crunchie, Crispy Crunch, Curlywurly, Dairy Milk, Dairy Milk Fruit and Nut, Dairy Milk Turkish (Turkish Delight), Dream, Flake, Fruit & Nut, Fry's Turkish Delight, Mini Eggs, Mini Rolls, Roses, Cadbury Snack, Cadbury Twirl, Black's Bournville Cocoa and Drinking Chocolate powder.

Chocolate connoisseurs have noticed that various Cadbury chocolates taste different from country to country and this is because differences in international taste palettes mean that recipes may be adapted to suit local taste and conditions. Cadbury also have to adhere to the food laws in each country the product is being sold in. This often leads to a slightly different flavor, as food laws differ significantly around the world.

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