Jacques Torres tells what's in chocolate.

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Studies have demonstrated that one of the major saturated fats in chocolate does not raise cholesterol like other hard fats—meaning chocolate can be enjoyed in moderation.
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What Is It?

Chocolate grows on trees.

The cocoa "beans" that form the basis of chocolate are actually seeds from the fruit of the cacao tree, which grows near the Equator. The seeds grow inside a pod-like fruit and are covered with white pulp.

How is chocolate made? To make chocolate, cocoa farmers crack open the pods, scoop out the seeds, ferment them and dry them.

The beans are shipped to factories, where manufacturers inspect and clean them, then roast and grind them into a paste called chocolate liquor. More pressing, rolling, mixing with sugar and other ingredients, and heating and cooling yields delicious chocolate.

Get a taste of this section:

  • Ingredients: What's in chocolate, anyway?
  • Kinds: How do milk and dark differ—and is chocolate liquor a drink?
  • Health and Chocolate: If chocolate comes from fruit, does that mean it's healthy?