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Cocoa – The “brown gold” of the gods

Chocolate makes us happy.
Chocolate makes us happy.

Good news for all chocoholics: it has long since been proven by scientists that chocolate makes us happy! Several components of cocoa, the main ingredient in the production of chocolate, are responsible for this. The brown beans have been treasured since 1500 B.C. In fact, the Mayans and Aztecs viewed cocoa as the ‘food of the gods’ and for a long time it was reserved for kings and nobility only. Cocoa has its origins in South America and is grown today mostly in South America and Middle America, Africa and South East Asia. It is harvested by hand, with the ripe cocoa fruit cut from the trunks of the cocoa tree with a knife. In a fermentation process lasting five to ten days, the cocoa bean, the seed of the cocoa fruit, develops its dark color and its typical cocoa aroma. Finally the beans are dried before they can be further processed into chocolate.

With an annual average consumption of around 11 kilograms per person, Germans, by the way, are just about the world champions in the consumption of chocolate, second only to the Swiss.