Chocophilia

Barry Callebaut - Chocophilia
Since it was first discovered, cocoa has always intrigued people – across borders, across cultures, across millennia. What gives cocoa its almost magical appeal? How has its use evolved through history? Where can the best cocoa be found? How is it processed into the most delicious chocolate? And what will the future bring?

From cocoa to chocolate

Cocoa is the essential ingredient for chocolate and is grown around the equator in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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Chocolate and holidays

Chocolate and holidays

Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas and even Mexico’s Day of the Dead – across cultures and religions, these holidays bring people together, and another thing they have in common; they’re all celebrated with chocolate.

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Theobroma Cacao, the Food of the Gods

The name Theobroma Cacao was first given to the cocoa tree by Carolus Linnaeus –the father of modern-day taxonomic plant classification. Theobroma comes from ancient Greek and translates as ‘Food of the Gods’. Cacao is the Mayan root word retained by the Spanish colonizers of Mesoamerica to describe the tree and its produce.

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History and chocolate

Did you know that the history of cocoa and chocolate goes back almost 4,000 years? Or that cocoa played an important role as a currency in the Mayan and Aztec cultures? Cocoa and chocolate are not merely the sensual foodstuffs that make people happy; they have a rich history.

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Fast facts about chocolate and cocoa

Did you know that cocoa and dark chocolate are completely cholesterol-free, and that you don’t get acne from eating chocolate?

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Chocolate recipes

Get inspired by a range of recipes that will have everyone’s mouths watering.

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