Chocolate comes from that?!
Anyway, cocoa beans are found inside cacao pods, which grow on trees.
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This brings me to a viral TikTok — by user @nick.digiovanni — showing exactly what the cocoa beans look like when a cacao pod is freshly opened:
In the video, he cuts open the cacao pod to reveal what resembles white corn on the cob:
The beans — or you could call them seeds, I guess — are covered in a white, mucus-like coating that tastes sweet. In the video, it is explained as tasting like a mix between a Jolly Rancher and a lychee fruit. Who knew?!
And, when you cut one open, there is a really cool swirl design:
So, why do we all have this vision of a fresh cocoa bean being brown in our heads? Well, that's because we've seen the beans after the fermentation process — where they turn brown — and are ready to be made into chocolate.
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To summarize, cocoa beans go from being slimy and white to dry and brown before being made into chocolate.
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