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The First Valentine's Day Box of Chocolates

The First Valentine's Day Box of Chocolates

  • By the 1840s, the notion of Valentine’s Day as a holiday to celebrate romantic love had taken over most of the English-speaking world.
  • Into this love-crazed fray came entrepreneur Richard Cadbury (around 1868). Cadbury had recently improved its chocolate-making technique so as to extract pure cocoa butter from whole beans. This process resulted in an excess amount of cocoa butter, which Cadbury used to produce many more varieties of what was then called “eating chocolate.”
  • He recognized a great marketing opportunity for the new chocolates and started selling them in beautifully decorated boxes that he himself designed.
  • From that point, it was a quick jump to taking the familiar images of Cupids and roses and putting them on heart-shaped boxes.
  • While Richard Cadbury didn’t actually patent the heart-shaped box, it’s widely believed that he was the first to produce one.

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