|Joseph Storrs Fry|
The Fry family began in chocolate when Joseph Fry and John Vaughan bought Walter Churchman's existing chocolate company and renamed the new chocolate business as Fry, Vaughan, & Co. After Joseph's death, his wife and sons continued the business under the name Ann Fry & Sons.
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By 1822, Dr. Hunt retired so the three sons of Joseph Storrs Fry became his partners and they renamed the company once more, this time as J.S. Fry & Sons. During this period, the Fry company became the largest commercial chocolate producer in Great Britain. Upon his death in1835, his three sons took control but his name sake, Joseph Storrs Fry II was the main figure.
Fry's were also the first company to create the chocolate Easter egg which is so very common now throughout the western world and loved whether you are Christian or not. Indeed, we have a tradition in my house to buy "egg shaped chocolates" and share them with any guests who drop by on that holiday. We can thank the Fry family for this innovation back in 1873.
By 1919, Fry's merged with Cadbury and as we know, Cadbury is now part of the Kraft megacorporation.
Various Online Source Consulted for this piece
1: Basic history for the Fry Chocolate company via Cadbury website
2: Fry & Sons article on wikipedia
3: Made in Bristol article on Fry Chocolate
4: Frenchay Village Museum website
5: Grace's Guide article on Fry's Chocolate