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Norfolk-based chocolate maker Dale Skipper continues a long history of chocolate production in Norfolk from her deli in Wells-next-the-Sea.

Some of the earliest chocolate was first poured in late 1800s when Albert Caley started making Caley's chocolate in Norwich.

The firm became famous for its dark Marching Chocolate bars that were sent to soldiers on the front line during World War One.

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Image caption Chocolate production at Caley's started in 1886

The factory, now the site of Chapelfield shopping centre, was destroyed in 1942 by enemy bombing, but reopened in 1947 and became the property of Rowntree Mackintosh in the early 1970s. It was taken over by Nestle in 1988.

Large-scale chocolate production stopped in Norwich in the late 1990s when the Nestle factory closed, but the tradition continues in Fakenham, home to Kinnerton Confectionery.

Established in 1978, it employs more than 1,000 staff and makes 20 million Easter eggs and 10 million advent calendars a year, along with "own brand" chocolate for a majority of the UK's major retailers.

Overall, UK consumers are set to spend £4.4bn on chocolate in 2017, with some £374m spent on Easter confectionery by Brits in 2016, according to research analysts Mintel.

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  • 14 Apr 2017
  • From the section Norfolk
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