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Do You Know Where Your Chocolate Comes From?

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  • Chocolate is made out of cacao beans harvested from the cacao tree
  • The beans are fermented, dried and winnowed (shells removed); at this point the beans are called cacao nibs
  • The cacao nibs are put into an oil press to extract cocoa butter, which is ground, typically along with sugar, for eight hours, then tempered and molded into the more familiar “chocolate”

By Dr. Mercola

Have you ever wondered where chocolate comes from? The video above shows just how many steps go into making a chocolate bar, at least in this particular region in Mexico — from harvesting the cacao pods to tempering the chocolate and molding the final product.


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