The final stages

As the plantation owner turns the metal hand crank, the cacao paste falls into the tin container below the gears. (Learn more)

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Because chocolate liquor has a somewhat bitter flavor and gritty texture, it will undergo a few more steps before it is consumed. The steps vary depending on what it will be used for.

To make cocoa powder, the chocolate liquor will be pressed under a heavy weight to drain off the liquid cocoa butter. The solids that are left will be cooled, pulverized, and sifted into a powder. To make chocolate for eating, sugar will be added, and then the mixture will be ground again to create a smoother texture. For milk chocolate, milk and more cocoa butter will be added, in addition to sugar.

In Barlovento, a locally enjoyed chocolate drink is made from boiling the ground seeds.

Learn more about South America, Venezuela, cacao, chocolate, and grinding.

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