Chocolate made from 100% premium quality cacao beans produce in the province of Cavite.
What is Cacao Chocolate/ Tablea Tsokolate and what makes this drink distinctive from other hot chocolate?
Tablea is a Spanish- word meaning tablet and tsokolate is a Filipino-word meaning chocolate.It is a thick hot chocolate especially made from cacao balls.The tablea can also be a thick disc or flat, and even in square form,and is considered as one of Cavite delicacies.
It is believed that the Spanish persuaded the growing of Cacao trees and the developing of the beans into Cacao tablets during the mid 17th century. During the Spanish era hot choco made from tablea is served during breakfast on special occasions.Consequently, Cacao chocolate drinking has long been a tradition in Cavite and other provinces in the Philippines.The province of Cavite produces one of the best cacaos in the philippines,due to its suitable tropic weather. The tree is normally grown in the shades of other trees, usually the taller coconut trees. It can grow as tall as 40ft., and his fruits that are more than a foot long. The fruits color is brownish yellow to purple, and contains plenty of Cacao Seed. This seeds are the Cacao Beans, which turn out to be Tablea Tsokolate / Cacao chocolate.
Making the chocolate starts by removing the fresh cacao beans from their pods, and peeling the skin. Then it is dried under the heat of the sun. The Cacao Beans are roasted (like coffe) for atleast 3 hours and grinded manually.While grinding the beans the mixture becomes oily because of the cocoa butter would ooze out from the beans. The blend is mixed with sugar, and then forming it into balls.