Where is Chocolate Grown?

Question: Where is Chocolate Grown?

Answer: Sometimes, we get asked where chocolate is grown. Well, chocolate is not grown anywhere. Chocolate is produced from cocoa beans, which grow inside pod-like fruits on cocoa trees. The cocoa trees, of the species Theobroma cacao, are usually grown in the so-called Chocolate Belt or Cocoa Belt, a narrow band stretching up to 20 degrees north and south latitude. Some regions within the Chocolate Belt harbor conditions ideal for growing cocoa trees—constant high humidity, heavy rainfall (up to 100 inches per year!), and constant warm or even hot temperatures (65 to 90 degrees F).

Where is Chocolate “Grown”? A List of Cocoa Producing Countries:

Brazil
Cameroon
Celebes
Columbia
Cuba
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Fiji
Ghana
Grenada
Guatemala
Haiti
Honduras
Ivory Coast
Jamaica
Java
Martinique / St. Lucia
Madagascar
Malaysia
Mexico
New Guinea
New Hebrides
Nicaragua
Nigeria
Panama
Peru
Philippines
Solomon Islands
Samoa
San Tome
Sri Lanka
Trinidad
USA (South Florida and Hawai’i; there are no commercial plantations in South Florida)
Venezuela

The next time someone asks you where is chocolate grown, explain that chocolate isn’t grown, it is made. Don’t those tropical places seem appealing when the snow and cold winds are blowing?