Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone. I hope you get to eat a lot of chocolate today.
Speaking of chocolate, here’s a tidbit of information for you:
Richard Cadbury, the second son of the Quaker John Cadbury (founder of Cadbury's cocoa and chocolate company) is credited for creating the first known heart-shaped candy box for Valentine’s in 1891.
Richard Cadbury was a very talented amateur artist who put his creativity to excellent use at the company. He produced a huge range of fancy boxes of chocolates from 1868 to the end of the 19th century, and often used his own children as models for creating the covers for the box tops. His first chocolate box was decorated with a painting of his young daughter, Jessica, holding a kitten.
The chocolate boxes, some made of velvet or silk, were meant to be treasured, and they were made to last. They came in the shape of horseshoes, hearts, crescents or shields. The Victorians and Edwardians loved these elaborate containers, and once the chocolates were finished, the boxes were used as jewel or glove boxes, or for handkerchiefs to be kept in. There were even workboxes and cabinets with eight miniature drawers for love letters.
This passion for elaborate chocolate boxes lasted into the 20th century, right up until World War II.