MARY LOUISE KELLY, host:
Halloween is nearly upon us, and if the thought of all that candy has already got your sweet tooth working overtime, then you need to pay attention to this next story. A new book chronicles the cutthroat competition among a few great chocolate making dynasties. The book is called "Chocolate Wars" and it's written by a member of one of those dynasties, the Cadburys.
Deborah Cadbury, welcome.
Ms. DEBORAH CADBURY (Author, "Chocolate Wars"): Good morning.
KELLY: So Cadbury was a family business for generations, and I understand your branch of it was not directly involved in running the company, but I loved reading in your book that as a child every year an enormous box of Cadbury chocolates would arrive. This was courtesy of a favorite uncle?
Ms. CADBURY: That's right. It was magnificent. Absolutely huge box of chocolates arrived, and opening it, the scent, you know, of all this chocolate, it was just something that you, you never forgot. There was always this sense of this chocolate factory somewhere in the family.
KELLY: Take us back to the origins of the company. This was in London in the early 19th century?
Ms. CADBURY: That's right. The original founders were Quakers and they were trying to come up with something that they thought would be a nutritious alternative to alcohol, which was, you know, the ruin of many poor families, and they were trying to come up with a business idea that was actually going to help people, and cocoa was this amazing commodity and they thought, well, they could make a business out of, you know, this nutritious drink.
That is just the opening; however, it was new to me -- all of it. I had no idea that chocolate was a response to rampant alcoholism in the U.S.
I had hoped to write about WikiLeaks tonight but I really do not feel I have anything to add. I think C.I. has done a wonderful job of covering it and she gave a great overview of it tonight to the Iraq Study Group. However, when I praised her after, she said, "Ruth, I really do not think I can say another word on the topic." And I do understand that. She began covering it in last Friday's snapshot. She covered it Saturday in both entries, she covered it Sunday, and then came this Monday through Friday where it dominated the snapshot and was so much of the story. While so many walked away or never even made time for it, she kept covering it. She gave me a lengthy list of Iraq stories that she had to ignore to cover this one the way she did and I do understand her feeling of really not having another word to say on the topic.
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