The Factory

Chocolate laboratory. Courtesy of Mars.While details differ, most manufacturers follow the same general process to turn cacao seeds into scrumptious chocolate.

No matter what the step, professionals at the factory take and test samples to ensure the chocolate meets or exceeds safety and quality standards. Computers control temperatures, air moisture content, length of processing steps and more to ensure each batch is consistent and high quality.

Employees thoroughly clean the equipment and manufacturing environment daily, following stringent sanitation programs.

All chocolate manufacturers must meet standards set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that govern manufacturing formulas. These standards set minimum percentages of ingredients for various kinds of chocolate and govern which flavorings may be used.

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Did You Know?
Most cocoa—70 percent—hails from West Africa.
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