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What does the percentage mean?
The higher the percentage, the more bitter the chocolate. That’s why unsweetened chocolate, a.k.a. bitter chocolate, which contains 100 percent cocoa bean product, is only suitable for baking. Semisweet chocolate has at least 35 percent cacao, but usually around 55 percent, with added sugar, but no dairy. Milk chocolate only has to have 10 percent cacao at minimum and 12 percent milk solids. This gives it a creamy, rich taste, but all the added sugar makes it much sweeter too.
So what is it about chocolate that gets us all ‘wild’? And why are many people, like me, so attracted to this substance?
Feeling inspired and empowered by this documentary. It’s a brave and honest piece that gives a voice to all Colombians that keep working the Land, despite all the horrors that, for generations, the war has carved in their memory. Recommended to all of you that keep doing what you love, because you haven’t stopped believing in a better tomorrow.
Even cacao trees have mothers to be thankful for! Tall trees like banana, coconut, and rubber are often planted around cacao to provide the shade they need and are referred to as “mother trees.”
Properly shaped seedling trees. Almost all the fruit is off the trees. Soon it’s the season for pruning. Some people no doubt see this as mundane, but there can be gratification in pruning. Especially after riding too much desk or swearing at chocolate machinery. Quietly shaping trees all day in a shady orchard. Bringing order to disorder. Stand back at the end of the day and appreciate the aesthetic.