10 Things You Didn’t Know About Cadbury Chocolate Slideshow
November 4, 2015
This delicious chocolate originated in the United Kingdom, and there’s a reason everyone’s obsessed with it
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Cadbury Chocolate
Hershey’s has owned the rights to making and distributing Cadbury chocolate in the U.S. since 1988, and in 2010, U.S.-based food company Kraft took over U.K.-based Cadbury, causing a significant amount of controversy.
Discord aside, though, the chocolate has been high quality from the beginning. Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about it.
1824 was the beginning of Cadbury as we know it.
The American and U.K. versions taste different.
Cadbury Dairy Milk has a glass and a half of milk in every half-pound chocolate bar sold in the U.K.
Cadbury eggs with cream fillings were sold in 1923, but the iconic Creme Egg didn’t appear until 1971.
TV advertising helped sales take off in 1975, and now, over 200 million Creme Eggs are sold every year in the U.K. The company’s Bournville factory in Birmingham has the capacity to make over 1.5 million Creme Eggs each day.
Cadbury gave the factory a makeover in 1879, and it was definitely for the better.
Once the Bridge Street chocolate factory became too small for the scale of operations, Cadbury’s son George had a vision for a new factory that was more pleasing to the eye. His brother Richard agreed, so they worked with English architect George H. Gadd, who designed the factory and on-site employee homes.
Kraft Foods now owns Cadbury.
When Kraft took over Cadbury in 2010, it was understood that the U.S.-based Kraft would keep one of the confection company’s factories, located in southwest England and named Somerdale, open — but Kraft then said, after further investigation, that it was “not feasible” to keep the plant open. Kraft also changed the Cadbury Creme Egg recipe.
And Felicity Loudon, Cadbury heiress, isn’t happy about it.
Felicity Loudon is the great-granddaughter of John Cadbury, the man who started it all in 1824. She unsuccessfully attempted to stop Kraft’s takeover of Cadbury and in 2012, she called it an “American plastic cheese company.” Loudon then announced she would start her own rival chocolate company, using words like “quirky” and “affordable.” In order to raise the funds, she sold her over $41 million mansion in Oxfordshire. Whether or not she actually launches this brand remains to be seen.
You can’t get true British Cadbury chocolate in the U.S.
Despite Kraft’s owning Cadbury as a company, Hershey’s owns the rights to make and sell any products bearing the Cadbury name in the United States, and a lawsuit between Hershey’s and Let’s Buy British Imports (LBB) resulted in the latter’s agreement to stop shipments of British Cadbury chocolate to America. Hershey’s says this is because some of the Cadbury British candy is too easily confused with Hershey’s U.S. products.