How Chocolate Is Made

Chocolate is made from the fruit of cacao trees, which are native to Central and South America. The fruits are called pods and each pod contains around 40 cacao beans. The beans are dried and roasted to create cocoa beans.

It’s unclear exactly when cacao came on the scene or who invented it. According to Hayes Lavis, cultural arts curator for the smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, ancient Olmec pots and vessels from around 1500 B.C. were discovered with traces of theobromine, a stimulant compound found in chocolate and tea.

Here are the seven countries that make the best chocolate.

  1. Belgium. You can’t go to Belgium and not go to a chocolate shop – there are more than 2,000 throughout the country!….
  2. Switzerland. Evan if you haven’t been to Switzerland, you’ve probably had Swiss chocolate.
  3. Ecuador
  4. United Kingdom
  5. Ivory Coast
  6. Italy
  7. United States

By: Janelle Aba Amoaning (Class 6Syd)

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