Your chocolate has a history.
The treat that now lies quietly in its wrapper carries a story of exotic places, long journeys and small families that raise delicate tropical fruit trees.
As you peel back the wrapper, you’re uncovering the cacao tree’s seed—and joining people around the world who have turned to this mysterious food for ritual, medicine and sheer pleasure for the past 4,000 years.
How do the beans in chocolate farmers’ hands become decadent sweets in yours?
The treat so loved worldwide has very humble beginnings. The cacao bean begins life inside a fruit, called a pod, on a tree in the tropics, primarily remote areas of West Africa, Southeast Asia and Central and South America.Grown on small family farms, the beans leave cocoa farms by hand, in carts, on donkeys or rugged trucks to be sold to a local buyer and then to processors abroad. Once in the factory, they are ground, pressed, heated and stirred to create luxurious chocolate.
Some interesting facts about chocolate..
- The word “chocolate” comes from the Aztec word, “Xocolatl”, which ironically means “bitter water”.
- The biggest bar of chocolate ever made was created in 2000 and weighed 5,000 pounds. Turin is the city in Italy that can be proud of this accomplishment.
- Every Russian and American space voyage has included chocolate bars.
- Chocolate melts in your mouth because its cocoa butter component has a melting point that is slightly below the human body’s average temperature.
“Life is like a box of chocolates…you never know what you’re gonna get” Forrest Gump
“Life is like a box of chocolates…you never know what you’re gonna get”Forrest Gump