Advertisement for Fry's chocolate, c 1890.
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Chromolithograph promoting Fry's chocolate with the caption 'Creams= Cakes= Fancy Boxes'. The central vignette shows cocoa pods on a branch. Fry's were awarded the Gold Medal for confectionery in Paris in 1889. Chocolate is derived from the seeds of the cacao tree, native to tropical America, but today mainly cultivated in West Africa. J S Fry & Sons is the oldest chocolate firm in Britain, and posibly in the world. It began when Dr Joseph Fry, a young Quaker physician, began to make chocolate at his apothecary shop in Small Street, Bristol. Fry's son expanded the busines considerably and, by the end of the 19th century, the premises had grown to fill a large area in Bristol and widened its product range to include biscuits and other confectionery.