Sunday, April 3, 2011

England 2011 - Day 3

Most Americans know Cadbury cream eggs and mini eggs that are sold for Easter. What you might not know is that the man who started the Cadbury company was a Quaker. Since Quakers don't drink alcohol they resorted to tea or cocoa. Mr. Cadbury owned a tea shop in London. With his colorful and decorative store windows he became very popular. As demand for his cocoa powder grew, Mr. Cadbury moved his business into the English countryside. The Cadbury company started to branch their business into chocolate which eventually became the famous Dairy Milk Chocolate.

Unlike any other company, Cadbury  believed in treating their employees like family. They offered medical benefits, flexible working days, and a community for their employees to live in. The village of Bourneville was built around the factories offered the Cadbury employees schools, hospitals and homes.

Even though Cadbury was taken over by Kraft a last year you can still visit Cadbury World - one of the original factories in Bourneville. The factory has been transformed into a playground, exhibits, restaurant, rides and of course a store all dedicated to the origins of Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate. It is like a real life Willy Wonka's chocolate factory!

Today was my third visit to Cadbury World, but it is a favorite for the kids (and me of course). From these pictures you can see why ...