The chocolate tree has its origin in Central-South America. The Aztec called it the "The Food of Gods". From there it was brought to the East to Manila by the Spaniards in their galleons based at Acapulco, present day Mexico.
Cocoa pod harvesting in Africa.
In each pod when split open are found 30-40 cocoa beans covered by white, sugary mucilage. The beans may go some stage of fermentation before being sun or artificially dried.
King Montezuma of the Aztec during his 'chocolate' drinking ceremony.
The Hershey chocolate factory, Lebanon, Philadelphia.