The History of Chocolate with Jim Evans

Tuesday 24th April 2018


The Cocoa bean has been known to man for several thousand years. The first European to come across them was Columbus in 1502 during his fourth visit to the Americas. It was Cortex who first brought some beans back to Spain in 1519. At this time “chocolate” was only a drink and exclusive to the royal court. By todays standards it must have been disgusting!

Jim joined Cadbury Brothers in the Research and Development Department as a Chemical Engineer in 1967. Initially working on Foods products, he later ran one of the many Cadbury factories before moving back into the technical area covering the African and Indian operations. He has always had a keen love of history as well as science and has had the privilege of access to the extensive Cadbury archives. The talk however sets out to cover the work of the many people and companies that has led to the wonderful array of chocolates that we can eat today.

6pm @ The Wellington Pub, 37 Bennett’s Hill, Birmingham B2 5SN


Members £8

Non Members £10

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