Chocolate: How It’s Made and Recipes to Try


This time of year is the perfect opportunity to indulge your sweet tooth. Whether it be candy at Halloween, or sipping hot chocolate by the fire in the dead of Winter. In today’s blog, we’re talking all about the latter and the various other forms this rich dairy product comes in. What’s more, we’ll share some tasty recipes for you to try at home. 

All About Chocolate

Chocolate is a food made from roasted and ground cacao pods. It is available as a liquid, soil or paste. Thus making it rather versatile, it finds itself in cakes, pudding, mousse, brownies, and cookies. Additionally, it also comes in solid formation such as bars, eggs, hearts, and coins. The latter two are traditional to holidays including Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day, and Hanukkah. 

We have consumed cacao in some form since at least the Olmec civilisation (19th-11th century BCE). In fact, Mayan and Aztec people made chocolate beverage. 

How It’s Made

Wondering how chocolate finds its way to its well-known form? Well…

  1. The seeds of the cacao tree have an intense bitter flavour. Thus, they must be fermented to develop the flavour.
  2. After fermentation, the beans are dried, cleaned, and roasted. Then, the sheet is removed to produce cocoa nibs.
  3. With these nibs, manufactures ground them to cocoa mass — this is chocolate in rough form.
  4. Then, the mass is liquefied to create “liquor”. Makers can cool and process this liquid into two components: cocoa solids and cocoa butter. 

Much of the product consumed today is sweet. To create this, makers must combine cocoa solids, cocoa butter, or added vegetable oils, and sugar. 


Did you know this dairy product used to be a luxury? It wasn’t until 1828 that it transitioned into the solid bar we know today. Before that, generations consumed it in liquid form with a pungent, bitter taste. It is through experimentation that the now-classic flavour came out on top!

Recipes to Try

Craving some chocolate? Try baking these tasty treats!

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Lydia B.

Lydia B.

Lydia B. is a Marketing Coordinator and Music Club Coach for Gooroo, a tutoring membership that matches students to tutors perfect for them based on their unique learning needs. Gooroo offers Math, English, SAT, Coding, Spanish tutoring, and more.