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A History of Chocolate in York [Paperback]

Paul Chrystal , Joe Dickinson
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16 Feb 2012
Think of York and you think of its Minster, mediaeval streets, the railways - and of chocolate. Kit Kat, Fruit Gums, All Gold, Butterkist have all been as much a part of British life as the York companies that made them: Rowntree s, Terry s and Craven s. This new book is the first to chart the history of chocolate and confectionary manufacture and marketing by York companies, from their origins in the eighteenth century, through the golden age from 1900-1970, to the recent takeovers by Nestle, Cadbury-Trebor Bassett, and Kraft . New products such as Easter eggs in the 1870s and assorted chocolate boxes in the 1890s are covered along with such crucial turn of the century developments as milk chocolate and the chocolate bar. The huge significance to the industry of the Quaker movement and the attendant social reforms are discussed in a separate chapter. This is followed by an examination of the impact of the world wars and the intervening depression. The book is highly illustrated throughout, depicting all aspects of production, quality control, distribution and marketing: the packaging, design and branding developed by all three companies broke new ground in branding history and became an art form in itself with iconic images that still resonate today. It will be of interest to anyone interested in the English social history, the Quaker movement and social reform, manufacturing and marketing history, and residents of and visitors to York.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Remember When (16 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844681238
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844681235
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Despite its title, the book tells the story of many well-known British chocolate manufacturers, such as Fry and Cadbury, in addition to the York-based Terry and Rowntree companies. Its authors are the perfect people to write such a book; Dickinson- a collector of chocolate memorabilia worked at Rowntree for 45 years, while Chrystal is an expert on the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), of which many of the chocolate families were members. Although these firms have been taken over by multi-nationals, it s heartening to see how their new owners are proud of the city s chocolate heritage, funding the newly opened York s Sweet Story museum. --Best of British

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Paul Chrystal is the author of numerous books on the history of York and North Yorkshire, the history of chocolate and the Quakers. He lives just outside York. Joe Dickinson worked at Rowntree s for forty years and owns the world s largest collection of the company s memorabilia. He is a Freeman of the City of York. Mark Sunderland is a widely published and award-winning landscape and travel photographer based in Knaresborough..

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I couldn't wait to read this when it was delivered, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Although I worked in the confectionery industry for over 30 years, and thought I knew something about it, I discovered much more in this book, and it helped to put some of the products that I was involved with into a broader perspective. A wonderful read!
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