Food of the Gods
Chocolate really is the “Food of the gods” – that’s what Theobroma cacao, the scientific name for Cacao means.
Fruit of the Forest
It takes 5 years for a Cacao Tree to produce its first pods that grow straight out of the trunk.
Inside each pod are 40 cocoa beans. It takes about 200 beans to produce one pound of chocolate.
Under the Sun
The beans change from white to dark brown as they ferment and then dry in the sun to develop their flavour.
The dried beans are ready to leave the forest and begin their journey to a chocolatier.
Nuts for Nibs
One more layer to go. The beans must be cracked to remove the husk to get at the nibs – the bit that actually goes into the chocolate we eat.
To conch or not to conch?
Chocolate gets its smooth texture from conching. Chocolate and sugar particles are ground so small the tongue can’t detect any separation – just one deliciously smooth mouthful.
Finally time for the chocolate to be turned into bars, truffles or Easter Eggs.