|Here they are available for every holiday!|
Cadbury Chocolate. At home, we consider it a luxury. I love Cadbury Eggs, as does all but one member of my family (she's crazy). We used to battle over them in Easter Egg hunts. When things got too rough, my mom was forced to make things "more fair" and put the exact same number of chocolate eggs in every basket from the start. :) Then those of us who were really in love with Cadbury Eggs would give away other precious candy items to trade for more. After all, you can only get them once a year! In Kansas, that is...
We didn't know before we came, but Birmingham is home to the creation of Cadbury Dairy Milk, the famous chocolate they use in all of their delectable products. Over 100 years ago Mr. Cadbury began to experiment in the back of his tea shop with cocoa beans, trying to come up with a delicious alcohol alternative (he was Quaker). A little while later he created chocolate as we know it today, with cocoa nibs, cocoa butter, milk, and sugar.
Although there are now two other factories in England to help with the material processing, Birmingham is still home to the single Cadbury Chocolate factory. In the early 1900's, Mr. Cadbury and his two sons were ahead of their time, building fantastic working conditions, housing, schools, churches, recreational sites, and beautiful parks for their workers. The result is a beautiful neighborhood, once in the country but now surrounded by city, and several generations of workers loyal to the Cadbury name. Although all of the chocolate is now made and packaged by machines, it used to be done by hand.
We went to visit Cadbury World today, the Willy Wonka Factory of Birmingham! I absolutely loved it. Not only did we get a ton of free chocolate, but we had fun and learned a lot about English history.
Did I mention free chocolate? They gave us about four candy bars each, liquid chocolate samples, and then let us make our own messy creation of chocolately goodness.
The museum has a lot to offer for children, but we had a lot of fun as adults. We even rode on a Cadbury themed train that reminded me of "It's a Small World After All" but much cuter.
|Can you believe this is made of chocolate?|
|This is 1KG of Cadbury Dairy Milk!|