Saturday, September 04, 2021

History and development of milk chocolate

Until the early 1800s the only product was a very fatty chocolate drink prepared from whole cocoa bean, sugar and spices.

In 1828, Van Houten of Holland invented the cocoa press which received a part of the cocoa fat from the bean, resulting in a powder with about 23 percent fat. The invention of the cocoa press helped make chocolate production even easier.

In 1867, Nestle discovered a process to powder milk evaporation. In 1875, chocolatier Daniel Peter joined forces with his neighbor Henry Nestlé created milk chocolate.

In the process, the ground cocoa nib was processed with sugar and milk solids and the result was a product that today is the mainstay of the chocolate industry.

In 1879, the first milk chocolate bar was produced. The invention of milk chocolate had a major impact on the increase in consumption of cocoa products.

Cadbury had been experimenting since around 1889 in making milk chocolate at Bourneville. The company launching a milk chocolate bar in 1897 and since that time, the popularity of milk chocolate has increased astronomically.
History and development of milk chocolate

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