This saying has had such a profound effect on me as child growing up in Trinidad and Tobago that even now as I write this second installment on A Cocoa Story, I wonder how this saying could have come about. Could the inventor of this saying been a wise slave who somehow used his or her surroundings or everyday occurrences on the plantation to impart wisdom to others? Or did it come from the “Cocoa Panyols” that worked in the Cocoa Plantations? We would never know how the saying came about, but today it still has pertinent meaning.
How Cocoa is Made
Making cocoa is a long process, as you would see in the pictures below, sometimes taking months based on the weather conditions, i.e. not getting enough sunlight to dry the cocoa. In fact what you’re seeing here is a few months of photography put together to show the different steps in the production of cocoa. I opted to show the very traditional way our forefathers would have made it in Trinidad and Tobago using the simple but effective mortar and pestle. What was left out was the “dancing of the cocoa” and using a cocoa house to dry the cocoa since we did it on a small scale: only a few cocoa pods were used.
It was a joy to relive this making of cocoa since most people usually buy cocoa now instead of making it. OK! Enough of my rambling, time to make some cocoa and remember …….
“When yuh have cocoa in de sun, look out for rain”….I really mean it: your cocoa won’t dry 🙂
How Cocoa is Made Trini Style
Since we did only a small amount it was spread out on a cloth and dried in the sun.
Now it is time to make the cocoa.
This means that the cocoa is nearly ready to be formed.
For simplicity, we will call it a bar.
In other Caribbean islands, such as St. Vincent, the cocoa is molded into sticks.
Commercially made cocoa in Trinidad is now formed into a number of shapes.
So there we have it. Cocoa made the way it was made long time: all natural and wholesome. Did you like this post? You are welcomed to leave a comment, facebook like and tweet about it.
Stay tuned for Act III. Yes, allyuh it have ah Act III.
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