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Food of the gods. Chocolate's story is a long one.  It began about 3,000 to 4,000 years ago, when it was discovered in the rainforests of Central and South America.  It first came to Spain, where not everyone liked it as many people thought it tasted too bitter.  In the 1600s, chocolate spread across Europe and it soon became a favourite drink, as the Europeans found a way to make chocolate less bitter by adding cinnamon. Some began to sweeten it with sugar.

In 1824 John Cadbury opened a coffee and tea shop in Birmingham.  He also sold chocolate drinks which he noticed were very popular.  He then expanded that part of his business. When he retired his two sons, Richard and George took over.  They helped to make Cadbury the famous company it is today.

Price, Sean Stewart, 2009, The Story behind chocolate, Heinemann Library, London.