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When John Cadbury came to Birmingham in 1824, he sold tea, coffee and drinking chocolate in a small shop on Bull Street. Drinking chocolate was considered a healthy alternative to alcohol, something Cadbury, a Quaker, was keen to encourage.

In 1879, the Cadburys moved to Bournville and created their 'factory in a garden' - an unprecedented move. It is now ironic that today'
Published February 7th 2019 by Pen and Sword History
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Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I know there are people out there who do not like chocolate. I’m not taking about those people who are allegoric to chocolate, but people who simply do not like chocolate. I know these people exist in some mythic realm that also houses those people who do not read books. But I really do not want to meet those people.

This book is about chocolate and, therefore, it is yummy. But even if you are one of those
Beth Cato
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this book through the publisher via Netgalley.

Cadbury chocolates are a source of fond memories for me, especially my beloved Cadbury cream eggs each spring. Therefore, I was keenly interested in finding out more about the company behind my childhood delights--but also approached the book with a measure of caution. Would this be mere company propaganda, and/or a dry and boring read?

While the book is positive about Cadbury, it also doesn't shy away from old and new controversies--and ne
Donna Maguire

I thought that this was a really great insight in to the Cadbury family, their history and how the business has developed and grown since it was set up back in 1824 as a single tea shop on Bull Street in Birmingham by John Cadbury.

I liked that the book introduced the significant family members that were involved in the Company and its set up, and subsequent running. The family had a massive impact on the local area and the community and showed a genuine in
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After just purchasing a rather large quantity of their deliciously alluring creme eggs the timing of my reading of this book documenting the history of the two hundred years of the Cadbury firm in all its various manifestations could not have been more apposite. As Diane Wordsworth points out there is so much material comprising of economics, social and political history together with biography and business organisational study to be covered that the book can only give just a brief look into the ...more
Melissa Borsey
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
An interesting and fun read about chocolate and the Cadbury family legacy. This is an in depth read and kept my attention from beginning to end. I highly recommend this to all chocolate lovers with a curiosity abouth Cadbury, you won't be disappointed. I thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Erica Robbin
FTC disclosure: I would like to thank Pen and Sword for providing me with an advance reader copy via access to the galley for free through the NetGalley program.

I love chocolate and I love history so it was no surprise that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one! I would recommend it to anyone. Those who are fascinated with historical accounts presenting the inception of companies, the evolution of business practices among the 19th and 20th centuries, confectionary in the age of industrial revolu
Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)
This book is a chocolate lovers dream!! After all who doesn’t love chocolate? If there is people out there in the big wide world who choose not to like chocolate, then they are definitely not amongst my sphere…I cannot think of anything worse then disliking chocolate! How can you not like Cadbury’s Roses? Or Dairy Milk? Surely that is a mortal sin? Anyway enough of my waffling, I need to tell you about this wonderfully delicious book – a book which was consumed along with – yes, you got it; Choc ...more
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When you head the Cadbury family name do you immediately think of chocolate? You’re not alone, and the really do have wonderful chocolate. But there’s so much more to their history than chocolate and am pleasantly surprised that I learned so much by reading this book. I am truly impressed by the Cadbury family, and not just for their chocolate.

John Cadbury founded his shop in 1824, with funds that his father gave him. In fact he opened it up right next door to his father’s drapery shop that his
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

When John Cadbury came to Birmingham in 1824, he sold tea, coffee and drinking chocolate in a small shop on Bull Street. Drinking chocolate was considered a healthy alternative to alcohol, something Cadbury, a Quaker, was keen to encourage. In 1879, the Cadburys m
Patrica Liebe
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley and the publishers and I am giving an honest and voluntary review.
I was very lucky to receive this book as a gift so I was hoping that it would contain more information then the other two books I have read on this subject. and I was not disappointed in the least. Chocolate is one of my favourite foods and it seems that the history of how the Cadbury family began the in the making of this wonderful food was a very adventurous one. The aroma, the taste
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Since February is the Valentine month, I thought a history of world famous chocolate maker Cadbury was appropriate. My first encounter with Cadbury was when the crème-filled eggs hit the U.S. market and I thought I had been transported to chocolate heaven. I had no idea the company had such a long history. Diane Wordsworth has written a very approachable narrative of the Cadbury family and the development of the company. I was very pleased to read about the employment reforms that the family int ...more
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
A History of Cadbury
by Sir Dominic Cadbury & Diane Wordsworth
due 5-31-2019
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In 1824, after spending a year in London studying retailing and tea dealing, John Cadbury joined the family business,by starting his own business as a warehouse in Birmingham, England selling Fine Teas, Spices, Coffee and Cocoa. The stores biggest seller was tea. Slowly the process of extracting butter from the chocolate, making it edible and naming it Cadbury´s Cocoa Essence. By 1842, Cadbury had
Lynn Brown
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book charts the history of Cadbury from it's beginnings to the present day - although rather more detail is obviously placed on the early beginnings as Cadbury is now owned by Mondelez International.

I hadn't realised that Cadbury began by selling drinking chocolate and only later diversified into chocolate itself. In fact I spent the few chapters telling my partner all the various little tidbits that I knew he would like to know also. One of which is that there used to be a Plain Tray - I n
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ahhh! One of my favorite chocolates! It's right with Swiss chocolate- yum! I think more books on great candy makers should be written. I can't believe this company is 200 years old, though only the past 100 are covered in this book. Just amazing. Even more amazing is the fact that their chocolates really haven't changed from when I was a child way back in the 60's! Hershey's, sure has over the years. I still remember the goodness of Hersheys when I was a kid, it's not the same today, sadly. I ha ...more
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it
A History of Cadbury by Diana Wordsworth is a free advanced reader copy of a hardcover book offered to me by Pen & Sword in exchange for an honest review.

Cadbury seems to have a similar temperance origin to Corn Flakes, Grape-Nuts and Welch’s, as well as the social influence and civic work environment of Hershey’s. This book tells of the chronology of the business and the Cadbury family, how chocolate is made, mergers and branding. There's a variation of chapters in chronology and the photos not
Denice Langley
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Few people who love chocolate actually stop to consider how the chocolate we eat today evolved. A History of Cadbury is not only written about the history of chocolate, it focuses on one of the premier families in the chocolate industry. Our favorite milk chocolate bar is a side product of the drinking chocolate that started everyone's addiction. As a Quaker family restricted from drinking coffee, the Cadbury's beverage of choice became the cornerstone of today's multi-million chocolate lover's ...more

I started reading this book, and at 3% in the copy I've received has missing letters in at least 4 places. So far its been confined to "fi" at the beginning of words so, first is rst, firm is rm, field is eld and fulfilled is fulling . Whilst its not too many, it's pulling me out of reading it trying to decipher the word and as its archived now I cannot get another copy.

Pity really, looked like an interesting book of its history.
Cristie Underwood
This was a really interesting look at the history of Cadbury Chocolate. I live near Hershey, so am very familiar with the history of that chocolate company, but had never heard about how Cadbury got started. The fact that it had Quaker roots and John Cadbury thought that his chocolate drink could take the place of alcohol was fascinating. This is truly one of those books that you will find little pieces of interesting trivia!
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection book about this historical and marvelous chocolate maker. The book includes the social impact of this first factory and the begging of this emblematic brand.

#AHistoryOfCadbury #NetGalley
Dee/ bookworm
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully illustrated history of Cadbury! Fascinating history of one of my most beloved chocolates. The start of the company and growth to the modern day company is well written and easy to read.

I received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
Competent history of the subject, but I had discovered much of the content on a tour of the Cadbury factory some years ago, so there were few surprises.

Thank you to NetGalley and to the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once I got into the groove of reading this book, it took me a surprisingly short time to finish it. It was surprising because I had started it over a year ago and had not made significant progress then. I must say my review copy had missing letters, the same ones every time ‘fl’ and ‘fi’ so that might have been a factor. I start with this to show that this late start did not mar what I got from the book finally.

As any respectable adult who grew up in the nineties ( in India, a relevant mention o
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great piece of history on the Cadbury family and how they grew their business to the empire it is today. Even if you do not like non-fiction or history, you will find this book extremely interesting, in my opinion. It does not just tell the good, it also tells the bad as well. If you love Cadbury eggs, and buy them up when they are available, this is a must read. Thank you to the author, publisher, and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Kerrie Hoar
Jun 28, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a very interesting and thorough history of the first 100 years of the Cadbury company and its founders.  Scattered throughout are many vintage postcards and photos of various chocolate boxes and the factory workers producing early chocolate items such are Easter eggs.  

(NetGalley ebook -  I received a complimentary advanced reader copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.)
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Diane Wordsworth was born and bred in Solihull in the West Midlands when it was still Warwickshire.

Her work has appeared worldwide. Primarily a broadcast journalist, she also edits and proofreads books and magazines.

She started to write for magazines in 1985 and became a full time freelance photo-journalist in 1996. In 1998 she became sub-editor for several education trade magazines and started

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