Manna Chocolate factory

After Holi and bonding with elephants , we flew south of India to Kerala, where we visited the Manna Chocolate Factory and got to learn first hand how ​​chocolate (both white and dark) ​is processed. From the cocoa tree, you harvest the cocoa fruit which has about 20-30 beans. The cocoa beans are collected and transported to a manufacturing facility in this case, Manna Chocolate Factory.  The beans are cleaned, removed twigs, stones and other debris, then later fermented in an air tight tank for 7 days.

Afterwards, the beans are properly sun dried for 3​ ​day​s​, after which they are roasted on balance​​ heat​ for 30 – 40 minutes then graded! ​
After​ the​ roasting​ process, the beans are removed the shells to extract the nibs which are ground for about 7 hours u​n​til ​you get smooth  ​cocoa powder  and  cocoa butter.  The dark chocolate is made by adding condensed milk, sugar and flavors/spices/nuts/alcohol of your choice​ are added and mixed up properly till you get a good consistency. ​The ​mixture i​n its​ “semi fluid”​ form is​ poured in shaped dishes and finally frozen for 30 minutes at -18 degrees​ for the desired shapes.​

White chocolate is made by adding condensed milk, sugar, flavors/spices/nuts and alcohol of your choice​ without the cocoa powder and mixed up properly till you get a good consistency. ​

Cocoa fruit

Cocoa beans

 

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