FOR THE LOVE OF CHOCOLATE
The Oompa-Loompas direct from Loompaland would be so excited to learn that we know about and love Cacao beans (pronounced ka-cow), just like they do.
Mrs. Salt may insist that Loompaland doesn’t exist, but ah, it does… According to Willie Wonka,
‘The cacao bean, which grows on the cacao tree, happens to be the thing from which all chocolate is made. You cannot make chocolate without the cacao bean. The cacao bean is chocolate.” -Source: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, Ch. 16.
You have to believe that Chocolate is something to behold, Willie Wonka and the Oompa-Loompa’s can’t be wrong.
Recently, my friend gave me a bag of Raw Chocolate (Raw Cacao Nibs) to sample. She knows that I’m always on the look-out for food that tastes good and can benefit my health. When I took one bit out of the fudge she made from the Cacao nibs, it made a believer out of me!
The Cacao is the seed of a fruit of an Amazonian tree that was brought to Central America during or before the time of the Olmecs. Cacao beans were so revered by the Mayans and Aztecs that they used them as money! Now that’s putting your money where your mouth is!