Around this time of year, it's natural to have chocolate on the brain. But how much do you really know about one of the world's most popular treats? Cocoa, the main ingredient in chocolate, comes from cocoa trees — so chocolate really does grow on trees! The “Theobroma” tree is an evergreen tree that grown 15-20 feet tall and needs a humid climate with lots of rain.
The United States is the biggest importer of cocoa beans and the second biggest exporter of chocolate candy, after Europe, and Americans consume approximately 11.7 pounds of chocolate per person per year.
But don't just read about all these awesome cocoa facts — just check out the infographic below! You can support healthy cocoa farmers and their families by choosing chocolate that features the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ green frog seal! Find certified chocolate here!
You can also learn more about the Rainforest Alliance's work sustainable cocoa here.