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American Chocolate

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Chocolate in America is not known for its high quality. However chocolate is a massively profitable business in the USA, with companies such as Hershey selling massive amounts of American chocolate every day. Popular products include Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and Hershey milk chocolate bars.




USA chocolate
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The Quakers and Chocolate in America
The Quakers brought chocolate to the USA. Quaker families and chocolate manufacturers, the Cadburys, the Frys, the Rowntrees and the Terrys, aimed to persuade the poor to give up alcohol in favour of the healthier chocolate drink. The Quakers migrated to America because of religious persecution, settling in Pennylvania. By 1862 seven thousand Quakers lived in Pennsylvania, including Milton Hershey whose Hershey chocolate factory was in operation by 1900.
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The American Chocolate Revolution
Domenico "Domingo" Ghirardelli continued the evolution of chocolate in America. A native of Italy and successful confectioner in Peru, Ghirardelli moved to California in 1849 to make his fortune in the Gold Rush. After making it rich, selling mining supplies, and losing it again, Ghirardelli went back to what he knew best and established a confectionery business with his wife.

The Ghirardelli's business was a success. They opened a second and a third store, then later opened a chocolate factory at 415-417 Jackson Street. The factory was similarly a success, expanding over the next 40 years, selling products as far afield as Hawaii, Canada and Mexico.

Ghirardelli is now established as one of the top producers of American gourmet chocolate selling high quality chocolate to millions.
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