Chocolate, Luxury

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Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

By Darra Goldstein

Published 2015

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chocolate, luxury, refers to high-quality chocolates and chocolate confections that are lushly packaged and often sold in elegant specialty shops. The cachet of specialty brands and confectioners, and of course price, figure into what are now considered luxury chocolates. However, the distinction between high-end and ordinary chocolate scarcely existed until the early twentieth century, when chocolate was first mass-produced from inexpensive materials. Before then, chocolate was always a luxury good.