Chocolate makers

Chocolate makers

Chocolate maker

Each king from Charles II onwards had his own personal chocolate maker. This was a privileged, well-paid and well-dressed position.

The chocolate maker would not have done hard work of roasting and grinding. He would have done the delicate work of flavouring the chocolate and serving it with a final flourish from the molinet. Find out more about the process of making chocolate and chocolate serving equipment.

Even before the construction of the chocolate kitchen at Hampton Court Palace, the king had a chocolate maker - chocolate had long been a fashionable drink. The earliest known recording of a chocolate maker to the king is Soloman de la Faya in 1682 for Charles II.

We know that the chocolate maker had his own bedroom - a luxury and an honour for a servant at court. There were few servants who had such exclusive access to the king himself, serving the chocolate in his private apartments.

We also know that there were other chocolate makers in the palace. Some of the most privileged courtiers had their own chocolate makers. Queen Caroline, wife of George II, had her own private chocolate maker – Mr Teed.

The king’s chocolate maker from 1714-1727 was Thomas Tosier, serving George I and later George II. We know a surprising amount about Thomas through his celebrity wife Grace Tosier. Together they owned a chocolate house in Greenwich.

Find out more about the Tosiers >

From 1727 James Alphonse Callion was the chocolate maker to George II, however little is known about him.

In 1759 the role of chocolate maker was vacant. It was no longer seen as a necessary luxury to have a private chocolate maker. This does not mean that chocolate was no longer drunk. Instead, they would have simply made it in a general kitchen. Interestingly, George III did not drink chocolate or even coffee – he only took weak tea.

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