It’s a favorite treat for a lot of people, but do most of us actually know how chocolate is made?

There’s a lot that goes into it! So let’s explore how we get this popular sweet from the seeds in the fruit of the Theobroma Cacao tree.

It’s often surprising how little we know about how some of our favorite foods are grown and processed. For starters, did you know that chocolate is fermented? In a similar fashion to kimchi, kombucha, beer, and so many other of the world’s favorite foods, the cacao beans have to go through the process—and they’re exceptionally easy to screw up.

But we’re in luck! We can see the creation of chocolate, from start to finish, in these two short episodes of It’s Alive by Bon Appétit! The very entertaining host, Brad Leone, brings us to a cacao farm in Ecuador to walk us through picking the pods, harvesting the seeds, fermenting the little guys, and finally shipping them off to a chocolate processing operation in San Francisco.

So without further ado, let’s head to Ecuador.

Awesome, right?

Those beans still have a lot to go through before we see the chocolate bars that we’re familiar with.

So, to show us those steps here’s part two!

So, did you know that’s how chocolate is made?

Sometimes, even the foods we’ve spent a lot of time with and think we know so well can surprise us.

And the next time we enjoy those foods, we’re able to appreciate them even more by knowing what it takes for them to get here. There are so many more episodes of It’s Alive to show us the amazing processes some of our foods go through, and I highly suggest you head over to Bon Appétit to check them out! (I’m especially a fan of the episodes on honey and salt.)

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  • Sam

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”—Albert Einstein

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  1. “Brad Makes Chocolate in Ecuador: Part 1 | It’s Alive | Bon Appétit.” YouTube, Bon Appétit, 2 Feb. 2018, Accessed 30 Aug. 2018.
  2. “Brad Makes Chocolate: Part 2 | It’s Alive | Bon Appétit.” YouTube, Bon Appétit, 15 Feb. 2018, Accessed 30 Aug. 2018.

Sam has written and edited hundreds of articles since joining the EWC team in 2016. She writes about topics from the wonders of nature to the organizations changing the world and the simple joys in life! Outside of the EWC office, she’s a part-time printmaker, collector of knick-knacks, and taster of cheeses.