People really should understand where chocolate comes from. It took me a really long time before I actually felt I understood it. These pods helped me figure out a lot about chocolate. Since then, my customers and I have used them for hundreds of presentations, for home decorating, for teaching classes about chocolate, for decorating farmers' market stands and trade show booths.
Most people, when they first see them, think "What is that thing?" Some kind of alien egg? Yes, it does sort of look like one. Maybe there's an alien egg out there that looks like one of these. But it's not. It's the dried pod of the Theobroma Cacao tree, and the seeds (usually called beans by us in the chocolate industry-though they are actually seeds) are still inside it. You can break one open if you want and get the seeds out. Just don't eat them-they're not very tasty when not fermented, and they are not fermented. They are raw, unfermented dried cocoa beans, or yes, seeds. Do with them what you like-we just can't recommend eating them.
Before we found these amazing natural creations, we had been living in Ecuador, working in the chocolate and cacao industry. We always tried, again and again, without much success, to explain to people what a cacao pod was-that was, if we weren't already out in the jungle or in a grove of cacao trees somewhere. But that wasn't usually with our customers! Sure, we had seen plenty of fresh cacao pods-but those spoil too quickly and you can't save them for long. They'll rot and and start to smell, and you can't carry them in your suitcase for long.
So, after spotting these at an event, we met our supplier, who dedicates time, sunshine, and hard work to bring you these natural gems, an emblem of the unique product that is chocolate. It took us years to get out all the bumps, solve the logistics problems, comply with customs, and all the other trials and tribulations you can imagine, to now be able to get these to you, regularly, without any hiccups!
If you are a chocolate lover, chocolate business owner, interior design professional, or looking for a unique decor item for your farmer's market stand, trade show, photo shoot, or interior decorating, our cocoa pods are unique and unusual and start conversations. They draw customers in, keep customers in your store longer, and help educate people about chocolate. Our clients also include university professors, museums, gourmet food shops, bean to bar chocolate manufacturers, and home design stores.