where do they get the cocoa?

In the 18th century, a Swedish botanist named Carolus Linnaeus renamed the cocoa tree. He gave it the name Theobroma Cacao, which meant ¨food of the gods¨ in Greek.

Cocoa trees look just like the English apple trees. They grow best under the canopy of tropical rainforests, rarely reaching more than 7.5 meters (25 feet) high. To flourish they need to be shaded from direct sun and wind, especially in the early growth stages.

Cocoa trees have large sized leaves that are 25cm long, and pale coloured flowers from which bean pods grow.

Cocoa trees are originally from South-American forests, now they are grown in many tropical locations around the world.

How is cocoa transformed into chocolate?

How is chocolate transformed from one country to another?

When shipping chocolate the 1st thing to keep in mind is that chocolate melts at about body temperature (about 100° F; or 36° C); and it begins to readily soften below that (around 80° F or 26° C).

There are two ways to ship chocolate with out it melting. The first way is to either ship it over night, and the second way is to pack the chocolate in dry ice & ship it in an insulated container.

Moisture, unlike warm temperatures WILL harm chocolate, so it's very important in a hot humid climate to have the chocolate in a sealed moisture proof bag/container.

Facts about chocolate!

1.There are an estimated 1.5 million cocoa farms in West Africa.

2.Some cacao trees are more than 200 years old, but most give marketable cocoa beans for only the first 25 years.

3.U.S. chocolate manufacturers use about 3.5 million pounds of whole milk every day to make milk chocolate

4.An Indonesian cocoa farming community built a giant statue of hands holding a cocoa pod

5.Each cacao tree produces approximately 2,500 beans

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