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The Science of Chocolate Facts for Kids Video

 

Facts about delicious chocolate: –

                                          Chocolate Facts

Chocolate is a sweet, usually brown in colour, food preparation of Theobroma cacao seeds, roasted and ground, often flavoured as with vanilla. Theobroma cacao means ‘food of the gods’. Chocolate history starts out in Latin America, where cacao trees can be found. The first people to use chocolate were probably the Olmec, known as southeast Mexico these days. They lived in the area around 1000 BC, and their word, ‘kakawa’ gave us the word ‘cacao’. The starting point of chocolate can be traced back to the ancient Mayan and Aztec civilizations in Central America.

What is chocolate and where does it come from?

  • A tropical plant called cacao produces a seed that is processed to make chocolate. The majority of the world’s cacao beans come from the West African countries of Ghana on the Ivory Coast and Nigeria.

How is chocolate made?

  • In these countries, workers cut the fruit or pods of the cacao tree, open the pods and hollow out the beans. They then allow the beans to ferment and dry before cleaning, roasting and hulling them. After this, the shells are removed. The remains are called nibs. Much like coffee, blends of nibs produce various flavours and colours. Then these nibs are grinded to release the cocoa butter.

What is conching?

  • Raw unprocessed chocolate is gritty, grainy and not suitable for eating. In this process, chocolate is rolled and kneaded that gives it a smoother and richer quality. The longer the chocolate is conched, the smoother it feels on your tongue.

What is the best way to store chocolate?

  • Choose a dark storeroom or cabinet which has a temperature around 68-72°F.

 

 

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