Cocoa Facts

Cocoa trees started out in central and South America around 100 million years ago.

Now, cocoa trees grow in places like Africa, Cuba, and some Caribbean islands too.

Even though cocoa trees need heat to grow, they also need shade.Too much direct sunlight isn’t good for the cocoa tree.

It takes 5 years for a cocoa tree to produce its first seed pods.

It takes about 400 beans to make a pound of chocolate.

December 13th is National Cocoa Day.

Cocoa was exported to Europe in 1585 but the first chocolate bar was not made until 1848.

The first chocolate house for the United States was established in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

Throughout the world the annual cocoa production is 3 million tons

Length of time required for a cocoa tree to produce its first beans (pods): five years