Unwrapped: The Queen's secret chocolate, delivered in time for Christmas

If you're the Queen and it's Christmas, eating a box of Roses or Quality Street just won't do. What you want is chocolate that's fit for a Queen.

Several small boxes of dark chocolate, made to a secret recipe, were delivered to Buckingham Palace for Christmas.

World famous chocolate makers Cadbury, based in the Bournville area of the city of Birmingham, have refused to divulge how the chocolate is made, but they say it has been specially tailored to suit the Queen's tastes.

British company Cadbury, formed by John Cadbury, a Quaker, in 1824, is the world's second-largest confectionery manufacturer. It was given a Royal Warrant by Queen Victoria in 1854.

Unwrapped: The Queen's secret chocolate, delivered in time for Christmas

By Rebecca English
23rd December 2009
Daily Mail

Special delivery: The Royal Family enjoy specially made chocolates every Christmas

As chocolate bars go it is fit for a queen - The Queen, in fact.

Made to a secret recipe by royal warrant holders Cadbury, several small boxes of the dark chocolate are being delivered to Buckingham Palace for the monarch and her family to enjoy at Christmas.

Pictured here for the first time, the Daily Mail can reveal the bars are made by a team of three on specially reserved equipment at the firm's factory in Bournville, Birmingham.

Cadbury - which was given a royal warrant by Queen Victoria in 1854 - refuses to divulge how the chocolate is created but sources say it has been tailored to the
Queen's taste.

The recipe is said to contain more cocoa solids than many other dark chocolates, making it ideal for both eating and cooking.

Only three or four small batches of the bar are made each year and, when not being used for the royal chocolate, the production equipment lies dormant.

One batch is made and delivered just before Christmas to Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Sandringham.

Each bar is wrapped in gold foil and encased in a red wrapper stamped with the royal crest and the 'By Appointment to HM The Queen' wording that the Cadbury warrant allows it to mark on all its products.

Queen Elizabeth II spends Christmas in Sandringham with her family

Below the crest, in gold and black lettering, the bar is labelled Cadbury's Superior Culinary Dark Chocolate, although it is known by staff at the company simply as 'Royal Household chocolate'.

While many of the bars are used in the royal kitchens to make fine deserts for private consumption and state banquets, some are also eaten as a sweet treat, according to the chocolate maker.

Cadbury spokesman Tony Bilsborough confirmed: 'We do make the Queen a bar of dark chocolate. It's not for sale to the public. We make this for her, under the terms of the royal mark.

'We've been providing chocolates to the Royal Family since Victorian times but I cannot discuss the recipe.'

Cadbury was founded by Quaker John Cadbury in Birmingham in 1824.

The firm is currently the subject of a hostile takeover bid by U.S. food giant Kraft, which could threaten 5,000 UK jobs. Shareholders have until January 5 to reject the £10.1billion offer.

The firm has described the bid as 'inadequate and unwelcome' and The Mail on Sunday has launched a campaign to Keep Cadbury British. If it is taken over there is no guarantee Cadbury would continue to make the Queen's chocolate.

Thanks for the post, Blackleaf!

In regards to the possible hostile takeover of Cadbury, I feel that any corporation that has received a Royal warrant most certainly has cultural significance for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and indeed many realms of the Commonwealth of Nations. Therefore, in such cases where a Royal warrant has been awarded to a corporation, I feel that there should be discretion for Her Majesty The Queen-in-Council to disallow a hostile takeover.

It’s always wonderful to have a glimpse into the life of Her Majesty — it’s somehow comforting to know that even The Queen has a sweet tooth for a bit of dark chocolate very now and then. It reinforces the fact that Her Majesty is at the end of the day just a person, performing a State function that is necessary and of paramount importance, just as are our honourable senators and elected representatives. It reminds us how very deeply inappropriate and vicious the very personal attacks against The Queen often are, as bellowed by the ever-confused and self-important republican movement — they forget that The Queen is a person before Her Majesty is a monarch.

I prefer milk chocolate myself, though.
L Gilbert
lol Don't our taste buds become less discriminating as we age?
Cadbury makes good milk chocolate, but I have had no better dark chocolate than Cote D'Or and Giraudi, Lindt, EL Rey, and Valor are also pretty damned good.
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