Where Does Chocolate Come From?

Where does chocolate come from? 

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

Where was this delicious plant first grown? 

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

Where does chocolate come from is a lot more "esoteric" than you may think.  And 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.

Chocolate dessert recipes are great for your birthday or that special occasion.

Where Does Chocolate Come From?

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.

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

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

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.

The cacao pod will contain approximately 20 to 40 cacao beans aka cocoa beans.

The chocolate that's found inside the cacao beans will be 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.

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.

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.

Preferably 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 antioxidant rich decadent chocolates. 

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

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