A World Chocolate Day list wouldn’t be complete without a nod to the original home of chocolate, where the cacao tree is native and where it was first cultivated by ancient civilizations, turning it into a consumable treat.
Belize, the ‘Cradle of Chocolate’, is the modern ground where chocolate may have first originated, with the Mayan Civilization. It’s the country where 14 chocolate pots have been found, thought to have been used as ceramic teapots to make chocolate drinks over 2600 years ago.
In Ecuador, chocolate is a huge export. One brand, Pacari, has won stacks of gold, silver, and bronze awards at the revered International Chocolate Awards, dominating the event for consecutive years.
In the sprawling terrains of Colombia, one can find some of the planet’s finest chocolate. Indeed, 95% of the country’s cacao exports are classed as Fine Flavor by the International Cacao Organization. Chocolate’s importance in Colombia has been elevated in recent years due to becoming an alternative crop for farmers damaged by the eradication of coca agriculture.