On the Chocolate Trail in Belize

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Theobroma Cacao, the scientific name for a chocolate tree, means "food of the gods.
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Southern Belize's chocolate trail begins with a visit to an organic cacao farm.
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In their raw fruit form, cacao seeds are covered in a sweet, slimy, edible pulp that must be processed before they become chocolate.
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After fermenting and drying the cacao seeds, the next step is to remove the shells by hand.
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Cyrila Cho, a modern-day Mayan, offers a day of chocolate making in her home in the village of San Felipe.
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Cleaning the beans at the Cho family's "Organic Master" chocolate workshop.
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Before grinding the seeds, Cyrila adds wild vanilla, sugar, and allspice.
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Making chocolate on an old matate, or grinding stone.
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Ancient Mayan royalty and priests drank chocolate in a spicy beverage; today's Mayans make homemade artisanal chocolate to sell to locals and tourists.
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Cotton Tree Lodge in southern Belize makes its own brand of chocolate in addition to offering guests a trip down the chocolate trail.
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