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South Caribbean Adventures: The CHOCORART Chocolate Tour (Part 2)

Posted Feb 17 2010 12:00am
Here are more pictures of the Chocorart Chocolate Tour! I still have too many pictures, but these are what I will share with you  :o)

If you have read about the tour... please go here and enjoy! You will be amazed at how simple the process is! I bought some cacao that has been fermented and dried. Now I just need to roast them and make chocolate paste!

Now, enjoy the pictures and let me know if you have any questions!

Where we all met before the tour.

The cocoa roaster.

The flower of the cacao! Beautiful is it? Smelled wonderful too.

My hubby took this picture... the web is amazing!

The pulp of the cacao... delicious!

Naomi found a cacao that she decided wanted to carry it around.

Jon and Naomi learning from Marcus about the process of making chocolate.

Cacao beans drying in the sun.

Cacao nibs.

After walking through the jungle, we were all thirsty of course. They served fresh hot chocolate that was out of this world delicious! Better than the powder form and THICK!

Tabi had to have her own cup. She loved it!

Roasting the cacao (now called cocoa).

Cracking the shells to get the cocoa nibs out.

grinding the cocoa nibs to make chocolate paste.

After grinding the nibs, they put it in their roasting pan and added organic raw sugar. They gently cook the chocolate paste to melt the cocoa butter to make their chocolates.

Serving the delicious chocolate goop.

When the chocolate mixture cools they usually add flavors and then start rolling the chocolate into logs.

We sampled many different flavors... coffee, coconut, orange and mint.

Their chocolate all beautifully wrapped up and ready to sell.

They also make their own Banana Vinegar! I asked them how they do it and I am planning to try it out soon. Will let you know how it goes  :o)

This gal's camera broke, so she sketched her "pictures" throughout the whole tour. She had some pretty amazing drawings! Love how she didn't let her broken camera stop her from keeping memories.

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