The Story of Chocolate

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It's the world's most popular treat, but where does chocolate come from? And why is it so Delicious?Discover the bean behind each bar and follow it's journey from the American rainforest to factories everywhere.

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5. Chocolate Families

 

      Some of today's chocolate companies are gigantic. But most of them began as small family businesses. In 1824, John Cadbury opened a shop in England. Along with tea and coffee, he sold his own drinking chocolate. It was so popular, Cadbury set up a cocoa and chocolate factory. Now Cadbury's drinks and chocolate bars are sold across the globe.

In 1911, Frank and Ethel Mars set up a business in America, selling homemade butter-cream candies. Their big break came in 1923 when Frank invented a malted milk chocolate bar. He made a fluffy, malty nougat... topped it with caramel... and coated it in milk chocolate.

Then in 1941,  their son Forrest developed another sweet idea: sugar-coated chocolate drops that wouldn't melt in your hand. An American, named Bruce Murrie, gave Mars some money for the project. So they called their new chocolate M&M's.

Today, you can buy the Mars family's chocolate almost anywhere in the world and they're nothing like the Mayans' bitter drink. When the Mayans first caught a whiff of rotting cocoa beans, they knew they had found something exciting. But they had no idea how popular chocolate would become.

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