In the video, he cuts open the cacao pod to reveal what resembles white corn on the cob:
As someone with trypophobia, the look of this is extremely unsettling!!!
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.
To summarize, cocoa beans go from being slimy and white to dry and brown before being made into chocolate.
And that's your fun fact of the day. Next time you take a bite of chocolate, appreciate the whole process it took to get to its current state!
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