A Chocolatey Adventure

If you consider yourself a fan of chocolate, prepare to swoon.

I had the opportunity of staying at a cabin nestled on a cacao farm in Panama, where all meals were included, and each one consisted of a home-grown, home-baked chocolate delight.

I had the opportunity of staying at a cabin nestled on a cacao farm in Panama, where all meals were included, and each one consisted of a home-grown, home-baked chocolate delight.

To me, the home grown element was the best part of all. No — that’s not true, it was all about getting to eat chocolate every meal, so tasty, made with love.

But as someone who loves a good experiential activity, the homegrown part was particularly awesome. We got to take a tour of the farm by a local Mr. Kelly, a man who knows everything about the land and the botanicals. Then after the farm tour, we got to join other new local friends to watch the process of turning the cacao into the chocolaty yumminess I got to enjoy.

First, it’s all about sorting through the cacao beans, which are also, in the eyes of a monkey, just the seed of the fruit worth spitting out.

Then it’s time for baking in the open air oven…

Rolling flat with a rolling pin, and then grinding into a quality mush.

At this point, the overall paste is unsweetened, which isn’t my style so much, but the texture and smell is incredible, triggering day dreams of brownies and chocolate pudding.

And of course, the next step is all the baked goodness that comes next. So good!

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