The yummiest and most delicious chocolates come from here! cocoa beans are the reason why most of us are able to enjoy the magical trance of chocolate! cocoa is the dried and fully fermented fatty seed of the cacao tree, from which chocolate is made.
cocoa being primarily an item of confectionery industries is the produce of cacao plant mostly grown as a companion crop interspersed within the irrigated coconut and /or arecanut gardens. Cocoa seeds are the source of commercial cocoa (cocoa beans), the four intermediate cocoa products (cocoa liquor, cocoa butter, cocoa cake and cocoa powder) and chocolate. Although the market for chocolate is the largest consumer of cocoa in terms of bean equivalent, intermediate products such as cocoa powder and cocoa butter are used in several areas.
Cocoa powder is essentially used as flavor in biscuits, ice cream, dairy drinks and cakes. Apart its use as flavor it is also used in the manufacture of coatings for confectioners or frozen desserts. Cocoa powder is also consumed by the beverage industry for example for the preparation of chocolate milk. Besides the traditional uses in chocolate manufacture and confectionery, cocoa butter is also used in the manufacture of tobacco, soap and cosmetics. It is also a folk remedy for burns, cough, dry lips, fever, malaria, rheumatism, snakebite and wounds. It is reported to be antiseptic and diuretic.
Chocolate-covered coffee beans are confections made by coating roasted coffee beans in some kind of chocolate: dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or even white chocolate. They are usually only slightly sweet, especially the dark chocolate kind, and the intense, bitter flavor of the coffee beans can be overwhelming for non-coffee-drinkers. The entrancing combination of coffee and chocolate is also seen in beverages such as variedly flavoured mochacinos and mocha frappes, etc. Whatever be the case, both the cocoa and coffee chocolates are in an ever increasing demand in today's world.