How Cocoa is Made

I just returned back from a trip in the Dominican Republic. My favorite part of the experience was learning how cocoa is made. I love learning how things are made! I snapped a few shots that I thought I’d share, along with a very simple step by step process of how cocoa is made.

Step 1
Identify the cocoa tree

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Step 2
Pick the cocoa pod.

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Cocoa Pod

Step 3
Open the pod to expose the cocoa beans.

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Step 4
Dry out the cocoa beans.

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Step 5
Take the dried cocoa beans (the lighter beans in the photo below) and peel off the thin outer shell. What will result are the darker beans.

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Step 6
Grind/mash the beans. What will result is a paste-like, gooey cocoa substance.

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Step 7
Mold the substance into a medium size mass and dry it out.

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Step 8
When you have a dry mass, you can grate the cocoa. This final product is what is used in making chocolate.

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And there you go! Cocoa like you see in the supermarket!

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Our tour guide mixed the grated cocoa with agave and bananas for us to try. The cocoa-agave covered bananas were excellent!

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