World Chocolate Day: 12 iconic photos of Cadbury from 1866 to 1985

From a small shop in Birmingham to an internationally loved chocolate - check out these images spanning almost 100 years of the Birmingham company’s history stretching back to 1842

Thursday, 7th July 2022, 12:00 pm

Cadbury’s has been an integral part of Birmingham’s heritage, ever since the very first store was opened almost 200 years ago.

John Cadbury opened the store at 93 Bull Street, in Birmingham, and sold tea, coffee, cocoa and drinking chocolate. By 1842, he was selling almost 30 varieties of drinking chocolates and cocoa.

For health reasons, John Cadbury retired at the age of 60, in 1861, and passed the company on to his brothers, Richard and George. In just five years, the brothers made the business very profitable by moving its focus from tea and coffee, to high quality chocolate.

By 1875, Cadbury’s had manufactured the first Cadbury’s Easter egg, and by 1897, the brothers had also manufactured their first milk chocolate bar after moving to the site in Bournville south Birmingham, which is still in operation today.

Cadbury is still a household name and enjoyed daily throughout the world, whether it be Cadbury’s chocolate bars (in their many variations), Cadbury’s biscuits, or the original Cadbury’s drinking hot chocolate.

Here are 12 iconic black and white photos spanning almost 100 years to mark World Chocolate Day today (Thursday, July 7), showing the early popularity of Cadbury, and making it into what we know, and love today.

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