|Here you can see that cacao grows on the trunks as well as the branches of the trees.|
|Cacao trees depend on a variety of other trees for shade and healthy soil.|
|Narcisso (sp?) gave us a wonderful tour of the cacao farm, talking about how the farm is maintained as well as the history of|
cacao sales in Belize.
|The cacao fruit opened up - the cacao beans are encased in that white flesh, which is a little|
slimy, but sweet and yummy when you suck on it.
|Back at the car we saw that the howler monkeys had moved to a different tree.|
|Next we went into the factory area for the chocolate making portion of the tour.|
|Hilary and Cara both took their turns grinding cacao beans on this 150+ year old grinding stone.|
|The dried cacao beans actually liquify just from the grinding process.|
|A little cocoa oil and organic coconut sugar is added for texture and sweetness.|
|The mixture is poured into molds, put in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes, then thoroughly enjoyed by us!|
|After the tour Eric joined us and we went to happy hour at Hamanasi Resort.|
|Then we checked out the new (unfinished) Big Dock Bar at Jaguar Reef Resort.|
|The view from Danny and Hilary's room at Jaguar Reef.|