The fundamental ingredient in chocolate is cocoa. Cocoa, has a remarkable combination of flavor and aroma. It has been known and used in Central America for thousands of years and, since then, has conquered the rest of the world with its intense flavor.
Cocoa comes from a tree that originates in South America and parts of Africa. The cocoa trees produce fruits that look like small, elongated melons, called cocoa pods. Inside the fruit, we find dozens of large seeds, which become cocoa beans when fermented and dried. The beans are then processed to create cocoa paste, cocoa butter and cocoa powder.