Peter, Daniel

Appears in

Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

By Darra Goldstein

Published 2015

  • About

Peter, Daniel (1836–1919), created milk chocolate in 1875, an innovation that laid the groundwork for the worldwide success of the Swiss chocolate industry. A butcher’s son who worked as a candle maker in Vevey, Switzerland, Peter married Fanny Cailler, the eldest daughter of François-Louis Cailler, founder of one of the first chocolate factories in Switzerland, in 1863. As the candle-making trade foundered, due to the introduction of kerosene in Switzerland, he subsequently opened his own small chocolate factory.