Have you ever wondered just what goes into your favorite treat?
While you may have traveled just one street over to your local convenience store to purchase your chocolate, your chocolate traveled thousands of miles from the tropics to get to you. Chocolate comes from cacao trees, and every year, pods from each tree are harvested. One tree produces only about 30 pods, and each pod contains roughly 40 cocoa beans.
After the beans are harvested, it takes 500 beans to make just one pound of chocolate. If you do the math that means each cacao tree produces only about two pounds of chocolate a year.
Back to that chocolate bar in your hand: if it’s a Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar, it weighs 1.5 ounces. That means that, for every cacao tree, only 20 chocolate bars can be made.
McMahon Jr., James D. Built on Chocolate – The Story of the Hershey Chocolate Company. Los Angeles: General Publishing Group, 1998.