cocoa & chocolate
Cocoa and Chocolate… quite a history!
Where is cocoa grown?
How is chocolate made?
Barry Callebaut, a passion for cocoa and chocolate
Did you know that...?
Did you know that the history of cocoa and chocolate goes back almost 4000 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, full of interesting facts, vivid legends and exciting stories about kings and nobles, explorers and
scientists, religion and gods.
For example, cocoa and chocolate were first consumed as medicines. And it was only later that they
became popular as foodstuffs through their seductive taste.
This “food of the gods” first made us curious about more than 150 years ago, as we took our first steps
into chocolate production. We were keen to learn all about the precious cocoa bean, its history, its
power… In fact we also learned how to unveil the aromas that lie hidden in the core of this bean. We
became experts in making the finest chocolate. But still we want to learn more about the most talked
about foodstuff in history.
This background has helped us become the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and
chocolate products. This also made us enthusiastic about sharing our know-how with you. Enjoy this
tour with us through the world of cocoa and chocolate.
to the world of
cocoa and chocolate
Earthenware cocoa pod,
Aztec culture, Mexico, 1250-1521 AD
Cocoa trader, Vera Cruz culture,
Mexico, 300-900 AD
There are few foodstuffs with such a rich and intriguing history as cocoa and chocolate. Just like coffee,
we inherited the cocoa bean from the mysterious pre-Columbian cultures in Latin America. When
Cortés first imported cocoa to Europe, and when he learned how to make the chocolate drink with it,
it caused quite a stir: divine to some; heretical to others