Where Does Chocolate Come From?

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".  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!

Vegan Chocolate Cake Recipe

A vegan chocolate cake recipe can be just as decadent as any luscious chocolate cake that you have eaten in a fancy restaurant or for a special birthday.

Where Does Chocolate Come From?

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

And this tree is a native to tropical regions around the globe.

The fruit of the cacao tree is a huge pod that can grow longer than 12 inches and turns to colors like yellow, red, orange and purple.

cacao tree

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

The pod contains approximately 20 to 40 seeds or beans.

Inside these seeds or beans is where you'll find the kernels or Chocolate Nibs. 

They are full of antioxidants and important minerals.

Different Types of Chocolate

Different types of chocolate

Milk Chocolate includes a milk powder or milk product as one of its ingredients. It is light brown in color and sweeter tasting.

Dark Chocolate does not contain any milk products and is much darker and less sweet tasting than milk chocolate. Dark chocolate is known for containing higher amounts of antioxidants.

Raw Chocolate contains the highest amount of nutrients and antioxidants of all the different types.

Raw Cacao Powder has a very high amount of antioxidants and is great for making an energizing smoothie or decadent antioxidant rich dessert.

White Chocolate contains milk as one of its ingredients and is white in color. It contains cocoa butter which is the fat of chocolate, but no chocolate. White chocolate does not qualify as a "true chocolate" and will not contain the same health benefits of chocolate.

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