Non Fiction

A History of Cadbury by Diane Wordsworth

This is my continuing effort to deal with the oldest book on my NetGalley queue. I downloaded this in April 2019!

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 once I found out something startling at the end of the book), I subsisted primarily on Cadbury’s chocolates. This was when we were allowed to have chocolates, and when relatives from abroad did not provide random variety during yearly visits. I thought I would find the birth of the company interesting. That statement might be putting it mildly since I found out so much more than just the running of the place. There were the social and economic implications of a company such as this which were completely new to me. Also new to me was the reason Cadbury changed recently. I was not very adept in keeping with world news and knew nothing of what happened at the company. The world has evolved over the years and that is reflected in some of the information provided.


I highly recommend this book to anyone even mildly interested in Cadbury’s and what they might signify.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

5 thoughts on “A History of Cadbury by Diane Wordsworth”

  1. As someone who calls herself “The Chocolate Lady” I should probably read this… BUT I happen to know quite a bit about this company already. For example, how they got really rich when they started adding powdered milk to their chocolates and continue to charge the same amount as they did for the dark chocolate. See, milk powder was a fraction of the cost of cocoa, and that’s how their profits soared! It is also why I dislike their milk chocolates – FAR too much powdered milk to cocoa ratio. Just… blech for me!

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    1. Hmm this focuses more on the foundation so it was interesting how a company’s structure worked for over 200 years 🙂 more focus on the good than the shady but informative all the same

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