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Free Chocolate and Candy Books - Craft chocolate, bean-to-bar, reviews and writing.

Free Chocolate and Candy Books

Treasures from the Public Domain

Do you like free stuff? I do! That is why I love digging around in the public domain for free books. A recent search unearthed a library of cacao, chocolate and candy related titles. 

Looking for 16th century writings on the natural history of chocolate? There is a book for that! Want to make authentic, old-timey candy? The public domain has got your back! Art lover? What about a book on the portrayal of candy in American art? I don’t know about you, but I’m into it!

I’ve compiled a list of chocolate and candy books for your convenience. I can’t vouch for the quality of content, but I’m sure they are all worth at least the $0 you have to pay for them. 

Food of the Gods: A Popular Account of Cocoa
By Brandon Head – 1903

Cocoa and Chocolate
By James Bugbee, Walter Baker & Company – 1886

Coffee, Tea and Chocolate: Their Influence Upon the Health…
By Auguste Saint-Arroman – 1852

The Chocolate-plant: (Theobroma Cacao) and Its Products …
By Walter Baker & Company – 1891

Cacao: How to Grow and How to Cure it
By D. Morris – 1882

I WANT Candy: The Sweet Stuff in American Art
By Bartholomew F. Bland – 2007

The Natural History of Chocolate
By D. Quélus – 1700’s

Cocoa and Chocolate: Their History from Plantation to Consumer
By Knapp – 1920

Cacao: A Treatise on the Cultivation and Curing of Cacao
By John Hinchley Hart – 1900

Chocolate: or, An Indian Drinke
By Antonio Colmenero de Ledesma – 1652

Chocolate and Cocoa Recipes and Home Made Candy Recipes
By Hill and Parloa – 1780

Frye’s Practical Candy Maker
By George V. Frye -1884

The Complete Confectioner
By Hannah Glass, Maria Wilson -1800

The Italian Confectioner
By G.A. Jaarin – 1829

The Royal English and Foreign Confectioner
By Charles Elmé Francatelli – 1862

Candies and Bonbons and How to Make Them
By H. Niel, Marion – 1913


Jasmine co-founded Chocolate Codex as a way to share her enthusiasm for chocolate. She has a certificate in Chocolate making from Ecole Chocolat and she runs a foodblog called The Blenderist.


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