Cocoa Farmers Taste Chocolate for the First Time


You’ll never look at all those cheap candy bars in the grocery store checkout line again after watching this video.
Despite harvesting cocoa his entire life in the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire – also known as the Ivory Coast – Alfonse had never seen, let alone tasted, chocolate. He didn’t even know what kind of food the cocoa beans made. He merely grew, dried and sold them as a way to make a living.
In the video above, Alfonse is given a chocolate bar for the first time by a journalist. He breaks off a piece and tastes it, “delicious,” he exclaims.
He then shares the gift with his friends, who had never tasted chocolate either. “Our friend has brought a precious gift,” Alfonse says, pulling the candy bar out of his pocket, “the dried cocoa beans are used by the whites to make this.”
“It is very sweet,” declares one of Alfonse’s friends, happily.
The West African country is the largest exporter of cocoa beans in the world, but because wages are so low there, chocolate is unaffordable and extremely difficult to come by.
You can learn about the entire chocolate making process at The Hershey Company – the largest chocolate manufacturer in North America, with revenues exceeding $7 billion last year – in the video below.

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