The Irishman who gave us chocolate – and other inventors who changed our world
Where would the world be without chocolate? How could James Bond save the day if the ejector seat had never been invented?
These are just some of the key inventions and contributions to society made by Irish people throughout history.
Sir Hans Sloane – invented milk chocolate
The Co Down born physician worked for the British Navy in the 17th century. During one campaign in the Caribbean he sampled the local cocoa drink. Sloane reportedly find it nauseating but saw its potential and tried adding milk to soften the taste.
He sold his drinking chocolate as a medicine in England before its delicious taste was recognised by the Cadbury brothers who began selling Sloane’s recipe in the 19th century.