The history of chocolate bars began back in 1847, a man named Joseph Fry and his son took cocoa powder, cocoa butter, and sugar and pressed it into a bar shape, the very first edible solid chocolate bar. Two years later, John Cadbury introduced his own brand of chocolate bars. Rather than becoming rivals, Fry and Cadbury joined forces that became two of the most important chocolatiers in history.
In 1875, Daniel Peter of Switzerland mixed chocolate liquor with a powdered milk that had been invented by Henri Nestle. The first milk chocolate bar was made by them and was created by adding milk to the traditional chocolate recipe. This results in a creamier taste and smoother texture. The final major step in the invention of the chocolate bar occurred in 1879 when Rodolphe Lindt invented the conching machine that improved the taste and texture of the chocolate.
These 10 chocolate bars are on this list are still popular today and are sold around the world.
1. Fry’s Chocolate Cream
Year Created & Origin: 1866 in England
Company J. S. Fry & Sons (now owned by Cadbury)
2. Nestlé Milk Chocolate
Year Created & Origin: 1875 in Switzerland
Company: Nestlé in a collaboration with Daniel Peter
3. Lindt Chocolate Bar
Year Created & Origin: 1879 in Switzerland
Company: Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG (Lindt)
4. Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar
Year Created & Origin: 1900 in United States
Company: The Hershey Company
5. Cadbury Dairy Milk
Year Created & Origin: 1905 in England
Year Created & Origin: 1908 in Switzerland
Company: Berner Chocolade Fabrik Tobler & Co., AG (now owned by Mondelēz International, Inc.)
7. Fry’s Turkish Delight
Year Created & Origin: 1914 in England
Company: J. S. Fry & Sons (now owned by Cadbury)
Year Created & Origin: 1917 in United States
Company D. L. Clark Company (now owned by NECCO)
9. Oh Henry!
Year Created & Origin: 1920 in theUnited States
Company: Williamson Candy Company (now owned by Nestlé)
10. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Year Created & Origin: 1928 in United States
Company: H.B. Reese Candy Company (now owned by The Hershey Company)
Tell us which is your favourite chocolate. Happy National Chocolate Day!