Hand Made Chocolate and
Where Does Chocolate Come From?

Hand made chocolate can be made in your own kitchen with cacao beans or chocolate nibs. 

Where does chocolate come from? 

The cacao tree is where you'll find this delicious food!

Chocolate is actually an Ancient food and it has been called "Food of the Gods"

Learn some basic techniques to make hand made chocolate at home and maybe start your own chocolate business.  This also gives you the ability to control the quality of your hand made chocolates.

Where Does Chocolate Come From?

Chocolate comes from an evergreen tree that can grow up to 30 feet tall.  And this tree may have been grown a very long time ago.

It's found in tropical regions around the globe located on the "Chocolate Belt" which is close to the equator.

Cacao trees are found in warm places like Hawaii, Africa, Ecuador, and in Mexico.  Although, Africa grows most of the cacao in the world.

The cacao tree needs a warm and humid climate in order to produce fruit year round.  Cacao pods will grow on branches and on the trunks of the cacao tree.

The fruit of the cacao tree is a huge pod that can grow up to 12 inches.  These football shaped cacao pods are found in many colors like yellow, orange, red, and purple.

One cacao tree is capable of producing about 20 to 30 pods per year.  It takes about 3 to 5 years for a cacao tree to bear fruit.

The cacao pod will contain approximately 20 to 60 seeds or cacao beans inside.  And these beans will be encased in a sweet white pulp.

These cacao seeds (or beans) is what makes chocolate.  They will be full of antioxidants and important minerals like magnesium.

After the removal of the seeds or beans from the cacao pods.  The cacao beans are usually fermented, dried, and then roasted to develop their flavor.

When you crack open the shell of cacao beans that's where you'll find the chocolate or the Chocolate Nibs.

How to Make Chocolates

How to make chocolates teaches you the basic steps that a cacao bean will have to go through before it's turned into chocolate.

These steps are important to learn in order to make great tasting handmade chocolates, but you will also learn a few chocolate shortcuts.

Healthy handmade chocolates can have a higher amount of antioxidants and are great for antioxidant rich decadent desserts.

You'll even learn how to temper chocolate which re-establishes the cacao butter crystals which gives chocolate more shine and structure.

Chocolate Dessert Recipes

You'll learn how to make a small batch of hand made bean-to-bar dark chocolates that are quick and easy make with a frying pan. 

You'll learn how to make 60 to 70% dark chocolates and how to include other ingredients into your hand made chocolate recipes.

Making bean-to-bar chocolates can be a lot of fun and healthier for you because you can eliminate the ingredients that you no longer want to consume.

You'll also learn how to make a gluten free flour-less chocolate cake and a lower carb version of Reese's chocolate candy.

What are The
Different Types of Chocolates?

Milk chocolates contain cacao butter and at least 10% chocolate liquor. 

Milk chocolate also includes a good amount of sugar and can also contain condensed milk or milk solids. 

It is much sweeter than dark chocolate and lighter in color.

I have to admit that I actually prefer milk chocolates over dark because they contain less oxalates.

White chocolates contain cacao butter, but does not contain any % of chocolate liquor or any other cacao product. 

In general, white chocolate contains 20% cacao butter, 14% milk solids, and a max of 55% sugar.

White chocolate does not qualify as a "true chocolate" and will not contain the same health benefits of chocolate.

What is Dark Chocolate?

Dark chocolates contain cacao butter and at least 35% chocolate liquor.  And bittersweet dark chocolates can contain up to 85% chocolate liquor.

Dark chocolate does not usually contain any milk products and has less sugar than milk chocolate. 

The higher the % of chocolate liquor, the less sweet the dark chocolate bar.

What is Raw Chocolate?

What is raw chocolate is something that has confused if not mislead so many people over the years.

To tell you the truth, I don't think I really understood what raw chocolate really was or if you could really make a raw hand made chocolate until I wrote this page.

It took years of confusion over this subject matter before I could really get a grasp on raw chocolate and if it was even safe to eat!

Most people will be let down when they find out the truth about the "raw" chocolate products they've been consuming.

However, they may be excited about learning a new way to enjoy raw chocolate.

Interesting Facts About Chocolate

Find out where this delight originates from and who enjoyed the first chocolate treat.

Find out where this delight originates from and who enjoyed the first chocolate treat.

Find out how many cacao beans it takes to make a pound of chocolate.

Where does chocolate come from is a lot more "esoteric" than you may think.  There is a good reason why you crave this food every now and then!

Chocolate Health Benefits

You can get a lot of chocolate health benefits from making your own hand made chocolates or buying high quality chocolates.

Chocolate health benefits include having "Heart Healthy" and "Brain Happy" Nutrients.

It has the ability to make you feel like you're in-love or complete bliss!

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