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Q: (9k) What if chocolate grew on trees?

An important ingredient used to make chocolate does grow on trees, the cacao bean. These valuable beans grow inside of large pods that sprout from the trunk of a large tree. (Theobroma Cacao)

Cacao bean (26k)
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Q: (9k) How many beans are in a pod?

Inside the pod is a layer of sweet pulp that has anywhere from 20-60 seeds or cocoa beans embedded in it. Over 1,000,000 tons of cocoa beans are harvested every year.

Q: (9k) Where do the trees grow?

The trees grow in regions close to the equator where it is warm year round.
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That makes me think . . . (11k)
How could you recognize a cacao tree? What other candy ingredients come from trees? What is the difference between cocoa and cacao?

Yellow dot (9k) Cultural connection

Yellow dot (9k) From cacao to candybar

Yellow dot (9k) Found around the equator

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