The Journey From Bean to Chocolate Bar
The cacao tree grows in the tropical regions of South America, Africa, and parts of Asia. The seeds of its fruit, the cocoa beans, are made into chocolate products after a long and careful process. The farmers scrape out the fruit and ferment the beans. Followed by, drying, roasting and grinding. At this point the paste, called cocoa liquor, can be further separated into cocoa powder and cocoa butter. Different combinations of chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, sugar and milk powder create the different types of chocolate we know: milk, dark and white.