Making chocolate from Thai cocoa

Visit our “Chocolate Academy” and learn how you can make your first home made chocolate from fresh Thai cocoa. At Discovery Garden in Pattaya we not only grow Thai cocoa seedlings, we also ferment cocoa and make a basic homemade chocolate. It is easy, if you know how to do it.

Cocoa grown in Thailand can be processed to chocolate

Cocoa grown in Thailand can be processed to chocolate

If you want to learn how to make your own homegrown Thai chocolate, you can visit our “Chocolate Academy” at Discovery Garden Pattaya. The next dates scheduled are

November 21 and 22, December  19 and 20.

Reservation is essential since the number of attendants is very limited. Inquire about those events and costs: hansfritschi1957@gmail.com

We also can arrange your private “Chocolate Academy”, minimum attendants are five persons.

Basic Thai chocolate is made in Pattaya

Basic Thai chocolate is made in Pattaya

First you need a flower at a mature Thai or Lao cocoa tree.

Thai or Lao cocoa trees have beautiful flowers growing from the stem

Thai or Lao cocoa trees have beautiful flowers growing from the stem

Then you need cocoa fruits with fresh cocoa seeds.

At our locations in Pattaya and Nong Khai we grow fresh cocoa

At our locations in Pattaya and Nong Khai we grow fresh cocoa

You open the fruits carefully.

These cocoa beans have sprouted already

These cocoa beans have sprouted already

Oops, these cocoa beans are no good in one way….

These cocoa beans as well are lost for chocolate production already

These cocoa beans as well are lost for chocolate production already

But they can be planted and made into Thai or Lao cocoa seedlings.

Only slightly cover cocoa beans with dirt if you want to get seedlings

Only slightly cover cocoa beans with dirt if you want to get seedlings

The fresh cocoa beans that have not sprouted have to be fermented for six days.

After two or three days they become brown

After two or three days they become brown

They are now ready to be further processed.

If fresh cocoa beans are not fermented, there is no chocolate taste

If fresh cocoa beans are not fermented, there is no chocolate taste

Now our Thai fermented cocoa beans are dried in the sun for a few days.

The sun does the trick

The sun does the trick

Now the fermented and sun dried cocoa beans are roasted.

After the roasting they have to be peeled

After the roasting they have to be peeled

You let them cool down, then peel them.

They are shiny now

They are shiny now

The roasted and peeled cocoa beans look and smell like chocolate now.

Crush them, beat the hell out of them

Crush them, beat the hell out of them

You can crush the roasted cocoa beans like this or in a strong blender.

This is now 100 % cocoa powder

This is now 100 % cocoa powder

Now sugar and milk is added, after boiling, you can enjoy your first homemade Thai chocolate.

Basic Thai chocolate is made in Pattaya

Basic Thai chocolate is made in Pattaya

13 thoughts on “Making chocolate from Thai cocoa

  1. Dear Hans, is it possible to get a fresh cocoa fruit for seeds from you to Laos? I’d love to grow our own cocoa :-) cheers from Laos, Nils

    • Dear Bill Moeller,

      what do you mean by “mature” cocoa seedlings?

      We have cocoa seedlings about two years of age. One is 250 Baht, can be sent to Chiang Mai by EMS.

      Where you could get some in Chiang Mai, I do not know.

      All the best

      Hans Fritschi, Discovery Garden

      • Hallo Hans!

        Ich würde gerne einige Deiner Cocoa Bäumchen kaufen!
        Ich lebe in Cha-Am, also nicht zu weit entfernt von Pattaya!
        Könnte Ich bei Dir 20 Bäume oder Bäumchen (gerne verschiedene Größen) bestellen?
        Ich habe hier ein kleines Resort http://www.thai-bamboo.com und würde gerne meine eigene Schokolade herstellen!
        Natürlich würde Ich auch gerne mit einem Schweizer Freund Deinen botanischen Garten besuchen und einen Kurs mitmachen wollen!
        Bitte um nähere Infos!
        Vielen lieben dank aus Thailand Cha-Am

  2. Hello Hans, I am interested coco seedlings I live in Korat and have 20 rai of land that could be available .At the moment I have lemon/lime trees along with papaya,coconut, jack fruit etc along with ducks cattle and geese, Look forward to hearing from you, Best regards, Mervyn Walker.

    • Dear Mervyn,

      sorry for answering late, I just saw your mail right now.

      Do you want to order some cocoa seedlings? The price depends a bit on the number. The more you order, the smaller the price for one.

      Or do you want to visit us?

      All the best

      Hans Fritrschi

  3. Hello,
    Are you still selling cacao trees? If so would it be possible to order two or three from chiang rai? how much would you charge? thank you for your time!

  4. Hello Hans, my name is icy i living in Cambodia and i want to grow cocoa trees (1 or2) in my home garden but i asking you for the fresh ripe cocoa fruit which can germinate from seeds.
    Do you still have cocoa fruit?
    Do you ship to Cambodia?
    How much do you charge for 2/3 fruits?

    Icy

    • Dear Tatiana,

      we can send you fresh cocoa seed pods for 500 Baht a piece, plus postage. You can then use them to make seedlings from them.

      Is that what you are looking for?

      All the best

      Hans Fritschi

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