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3 types of chocolate

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Chocolate Cookies


Skill Level: Beginner       Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Nutrition Info


  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa or HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine , softened
  • 2  eggs
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Chocolate Chips, HERSHEY’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips or 1-2/3 cups (10-oz. pkg.) REESE’S Peanut Butter Chips
  • 1 cup chopped nuts


  1.  Heat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2.  Stir together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add butter, eggs, milk and vanilla; beat until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts. Drop batter by heaping teaspoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheet.
  3. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or just until set. (Do not overbake.) Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Makes about 42 cookies.

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“The chocolat du planteur” from Ivory Coast.

Advertising for chocolate by the Ivorian soccer player Didier Drogba

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Why people offer chocolate on Valentine’s Day?

Sending chocolate whatever the type (dark,milk or white chocolate)can say the biggest thank you, be a way to show your love, or a means to make a friend for life.  From chocolate covered strawberries and simple chocolate boxes, to an extravagant array of international valentinesheadchocolates and their creative applications and uses, finding the right gift to send can be overwhelming.

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  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softenedfrosting
  • 3 tablespoons HERSHEY’S Cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup or honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk

Beat butter, cocoa, corn syrup and vanilla in small bowl until blended. Add powdered sugar and milk; beat to spreading consistency. About 1 cup frosting.

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Top Cacao Producing Countries

  • mapThe West African country of Côte d’Ivoire alone produces some 1.4 million tons of beans a year
    which represents 30% of the production in the world.
  • Ghana is the world’s second largest producer with over 600,000 tons per year.
  • Other top cacao-growing countries are Indonesia, Brazil, Ecuador, Togo, Mexico and Papua New Guinea.
  • Cacao beans are grown also in other Latin American countries and the Caribbean, but their share of the market is smaller.
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From a pod to chocolate

As many children, during my childhood I was really attracted by sweets in particular chocolate. One day, my uncle asked me “I know you love chocolate, but do you know how 5chocolate is made?” I answered “not really”. The next time he came home to visit us, he brought to me a bag of cocoa pods and he told me that chocolate was made from cocoa. Actually, my uncle was a great cocoa farmer in the country. Also, he was very passionate of his job. In front of my first cocoa pods, I could not realize how chocolate was made. There was no similarity between both.While growing up, I understood that farmers deserve respect for all the work they do. It is amazing all the work accomplished from a simple cocoa pod to get the different types of chocolate we see in the stores. It is the result of  meticulous work.

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