The Story of Chocolate

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  • Published: 15 Jun 2013
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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.


3. Chocolate Machines


          It wasn't until inventors came up with the steam engine that things changed. Suddenly, lots of goods could be made more easily including chocolate. Factories were set up all over Europe and turning cocoa beans into chocolate drinks became big business. Before long, the drink had stopped being just a handmade treat for the rich.

In 1847,am English chocolate maker, Francis Fry, decided there could only be one thing better than drinking chocolate... and that was eating it. His problem was how to turn chocolate paste into solid bars.

In Holland, Coenraad Van Houten provided half the answer. He invented a press that separated choclate paste into brown cocoa powder and yellow cocoa butter. Fry noticed that cocoa butter hardened as it cooled. "Maybe I can use that to make solid Chocolate" he thought. He stirred warm cocoa butter into his chocolate paste... added 3 scoops of sugar... poured the mixture into square tubs... and waited. Slowly it went hard. Fry had invented the world's first Chocolate Bar!

In no time, factories were making bars of rich, dark chocolate. They called it "Delicious Chocolate to eat".

Meanwhile, in Switzerland there lived a candle maker named Daniel Peter. But candles were going out of fashion and he was losing money. When he fell in love with a chocolate maker's daughter, he ha a brilliant idea. "I'll make chocolate instead! " By now, there was lots of competition in the chocolate business. Peter needed to make his bar special.

He tried adding milk, but that made the chocolate too runny. Peter was stuck. Luckily Henri Nestlé lived next door and he knew a lot about food. Nestlé earned his living making baby food. He soon found a way to thicken Peter's chocolate mix. In 1883, Peter won a gold medal for his new, creamy chocolate recipe. Milk Chocolate was a hit.

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