From Farm to Fork
By: Jennifer Le 8H
This story is about delicious Oreos. These wonderful snacks have different flavours and sell almost everywhere. Oreos are made of 12 ingredients, one of them is cocoa, which we will be talking about. It's a great snack for kids and easy to access.
In this story, we will be using a simple ingredient used to make this cookie and talk about the stages of having it prepared.
What my Ingredient is.
In the Oreo, one of its ingredients to make the cookie is cocoa, specifically,
Dutch-processed cocoa powder.
This type of Cocoa powder make the cookie its dark brown colour, it is also called "Alkalized cocoa."
We will be talking about how it was raised, processed, transported, eaten and what happens to the waste.
Let's get into the story.
How the Cocoa Was Raised
Cocoa is raised (originated) in South America and Africa, it grows there and it gets transported into different parts of the world. The crop was produced in the tropical area's of Africa and The Caribbean. The cocoa bean takes 5-6 months to develop before becoming fully ripe, then when it's fully ripe, it gets harvested. Workers use large knives to carefully chop the bean off of the plant without damaging it. The bean will become fermented after keeping it in its pod for more than 4 days. When they take the bean out of its pod, they get processed into powder to make the cookie.
How the Cocoa Was Processed
(Dutch-Processed or Alkalized)
Unlike natural cocoa powder which is pure roasted cocoa beans, Dutch-processed cocoa is chemically processed to minimize the acidity and harshness of the cocoa bean. By chemically treating the bean (alkalizing), the colour will appear darker, which is why Oreo cookies are very dark. It's also known as "cocoa with alkali."
To make the bean into cocoa powder, workers would need to harvest the cocoa then are crack or chop the beans into smaller pieces. Next, it is grounded into a paste and then the cocoa butter in it gets extracted, this is called "pressing." When they are done extracting the butter, a fine powdery substance, called "cocoa powder" is left. To turn this is into Dutch-processed cocoa, it is washed with carbonated potassium which is a solution to decrease acidity. Statistics show that Dutch-processed cocoa taste more like chocolate than natural cocoa, which taste fruitier.
How the Cocoa is Transported
When the cocoa bean is at the port if export, they get placed in warehouses. After they have been in the warehouse, they load boxes of the cocoa bean onto cargo vessels (shipping boat). Once the ships are at their destinations, the boxes of the cocoa beans gets placed in another warehouse called a "pier warehouse" where they are stored in bags or bulks. They get stored in there until a processor or manufacturer sends a request to buy it. When they get bought, the buyer would have to check up on them (inspect them) for the quality of it. Trains and trucks then deliver bags and boxes of cocoa beans to the manufacturer's facility.
Eating the Oreos
These cookies get transported all around the world. Kids, teens and adults love these cookies because of its flavour. It goes great with milk it you dunk it, it's gets all soft and mushy, kids love this. You can buy these cookies in supermarkets and stores. they sell them almost everywhere, it is an enjoyable snack.
Where Does the Waste go?
The Oreo packaging is recyclable, only the container that holds the Oreos, not the blue packaging outside of it. If we are talking about the cookies, they can become very stale and you would have to throw them out.