Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a well known book turned movie about a poor young boy named Charlie Bucket. Charlie is the lucky winner of one of the golden tickets that grants access to the eccentric and very exciting Wonka Chocolate Factory, owned and run by Willie Wonka, chocolate extraordinaire! The story is timeless and has been loved since its creation by writer Roald Dahl in 1964. To keep Charlie and the Chocolate factory alive and in the hearts of the children that fell in love with this chocolate tale, Roald Dahl released Charlie and The Glass Elevator in 1971 as a sequel to Charlie & The Chocolate Factory. With a woven tale of the deliciousness of chocolate and the enchanted magic land brought to life by a chocolate lovers imagination most have come to wonder how Roald Dahl created such a masterpiece with chocolate as its focal point! Well, believe it or not it comes on the heels of his own love for chocolate and his experiences as a child!
Back in the 1920’s when Roald Dahl was yet to be the famous author he is, and just a young school boy he had a love for chocolate. Growing up in England, home of two of the best & largest chocolate companies, Cadburyand Rowntree, Dahl often had exposure to these companies through school. Determined to be accredited as the best chocolate maker both companies competitively tried to win the love of England’s chocolate lovers starting at a young age. Cadbury chocolate company ( think Cadbury Easter eggs) in an attempt to perfect their chocolate, would send smaples of their products to the schools in return for feedback from the kids on their chocolate and new products offered. The school kids, such as Roald Dahl himself, loved the free & delicious chocolate and welcomed the decadent taste testing. However, both chocolate companies would not let the other “one up” them. This in turn fueled the competition between each chocolate company. It in fact ignited such a big competitive flame that both chocolate companies were known to send in spies posing as employees to the others chocolate factory to potentially steal secrets and recipes. Hmmm, sounds like a story most of us have heard! Indeed this is the inspiration to Roald Dahl’s timeless best selling children’s book, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory! A story that we once thought could only be imagined, actually was based on true events!!
Needless to say, although the roots of the story of Willie Wonka and his Chocolate Factory are important nothing perhaps is more important than the happiness and wonder that it has brought in the eyes of children. Watching the movie and seeing the creative and elaborate chocolate facility is a dream of many young kids, as well as chocolate lover’s throughout the world. Reading the book an using your own imagination perhaps makes it even more magical.
As a blog dedicated to chocolate and the love and deliciousness that it provides to all those throughout the world, we thought it only right to dedicate a post to Roald Dahl, chocolate lover and most possibly one of the greatest children’s writers of all time. If truth be told, I’m sure it is pretty safe to say that even adults love Charlie & The Chocolate Factory in all it’s chocolate splendor.