Wouldn’t it be cool if there was a chocolate plant which grew this yummy treat? – Well guess what, there is!
Chocolate starts out growing inside a pod on the cacao tree. Cacao trees grow in many different places, most of which are warm places like Africa, South America, and some parts of Asia.
Inside each pod on the cacao tree are anywhere from 30-50 bitter seeds, which wouldn’t taste very good if you ate them! To turn them into something tastier, the seeds are fermented (allowed to heat naturally), dried (usually in the sun), and then sent to a factory for cleaning, roasting, cracking, and crushing! This process eventually leaves behind a paste known as chocolate liquor, which can then be turned into chocolate bars by mixing it with ingredients such as sugar, vanilla, and milk! - YUM!