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“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” Forrest Gump

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As you’re peering into your heart-shaped box of chocolates this Valentine’s Day, you may have questions. Which one will have the caramel? Which one has almonds? Coconut? How do I avoid that weird fruity ganache I hate? Well, trial and error is always a strategic possibility, but if you’d prefer fewer surprises those boxes usually have a key of some sort to tell you which flavor corresponds to which confection. It’s probably in that paper layer that you tossed aside as soon as you opened the box.

But these can’t be your only questions. I know you come here for the plant science. So let’s explore the tree behind the treats.

Theobroma cacao with fruit Credit: Luisovalles via Wikipedia

Chocolate is prepared from the seeds of the tree Theobroma…

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Author: Ian Street

Ian is a plant scientist and science writer relating stories of plant science and scientists on his blog, The Quiet Branches as well as other outlets. You can find him on Twitter @IHStreet.

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