Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Guest Writer – Robbie Cheadle – The York Chocolate Story Part One

Another great blog from Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Delighted that over the next five weeks, author Robbie Cheadle will be sharing the The York Chocolatestory with us, following her recent trip to the UK.. And I will be featuring a different Sir Chocolate Story and Cookbook each week.

The York Chocolate Story – Part One – Mary Tuke and the Rountree brothers

My family and I visited York on our recent trip to the UK. I had no idea that York has a great chocolate making past or that this city is the UK’s home of chocolate.

Mary Tuke

Mary Tuke was born in York in 1695, to a prominent Quaker family; her grandfather was one of 4,000 people jailed for their beliefs in the 1660s.

In 1725, Mary opened a shop in Walmgate selling groceries. Her shop specialised in selling tea, coffee and cocoa, the last of which was sold as a solid cake. During the…

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