Joseph Fry, started making chocolate around 1759. In 1761 Joseph Fry and John Vaughan purchased a small shop and with it the patent for a chocolate refining process. In 1777 their chocolate works moved from Newgate Street to Union Street, Bristol.

A Fry’s advertisement from the early 20th century / Image source

In 1847, the Fry’s chocolate factory, molded a chocolate bar suitable for large-scale production. Joseph Fry discovered a way to mix the ingredients of cocoa powder, sugar and cocoa to manufacture a paste that could then be molded into a solid chocolate bar for consumption.

The site of J. S. Fry & Sons chocolate factory, Union Street / Image source

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