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The History of the Baker Chocolate Company – with Anthony Sammarco

October 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Thursday, October 5, 7 pm

James Library & Center for the Arts, 24 West Street, Norwell

Tickets: $20, $10 students

Local historian Anthony Sammarco details the delicious saga of Massachusetts’s Baker Chocolate Company, from Hannon’s mysterious disappearance and the famed La Belle Chocolatière advertising campaign to cacao bean smuggling sparked by Revolutionary War blockades.

Both bitter and sweet, this tale is sure to tickle your taste buds. In 1765, Dr. James Baker of Dorchester stumbled upon Irishman John Hannon crying on the banks of the mighty Neponset River. Hannon, though penniless, possessed the rare skills required to create chocolate, a delicacy exclusive to Europe, and Baker, with pockets bursting, wished to make a name for himself Using a mill powered by the same river upon which they met, the duo built America’s oldest and most beloved manufacturer of this rich treat.


October 7
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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