Where Does Chocolate Come From?

Where does chocolate come from?  The cacao tree is where you'll find this delicious food, but where was this plant first grown?  Chocolate is actually an Ancient food and it has been called "Food of the Gods".  And 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!

Interesting Facts about Chocolate - Find out where this delight originates from and who enjoyed the first chocolate treat.


Chocolate Health Benefits

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!

Chocolate Dessert Recipes

A gluten free chocolate cake is just as decadent as any luscious chocolate cake recipe that you have eaten in the past.

Great for your birthday or that special occasion.


Where Does Chocolate Come From?

The cacao pod contains approximately 20 to 40 cacao beans aka cocoa beans.

The chocolate that's found inside these beans is full of antioxidants and important minerals


When you crack open the shell of these cacao beans that's how you'll find the chocolate aka Chocolate Nibs



The cacao tree needs a warm and humid climate in order to produce fruit year round.

Where does chocolate come from?  Warm places like Hawaii, Africa, Ecuador, and Mexico.

Chocolate comes from an evergreen tree that can grow up to 30 feet tall. 

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

The fruit of the cacao tree is a huge pod that can grow longer than 12 inches.

Cacao pods can come in many colors like yellow, red, orange and purple.

Chocolates 101

Milk chocolates contain cacao butter and at least 10% chocolate liquor.  Milk chocolate also includes a good amount of sugar and contains condensed milk or milk solids.  It is much sweeter than dark chocolate and lighter in color.

Dark Chocolates contain cacao butter and at least 35% chocolate liquor.  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.

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.

Healthy Chocolates are dark chocolates that contain a high % of chocolate liquor made from properly fermented and dried cacao beans that are roasted at low temperatures.  Healthy chocolates have a very high amount of antioxidants and are great for making decadent antioxidant rich chocolates. 

Healthy chocolate contains the highest amount of antioxidants of all the types of chocolate.

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