Can you remember your first taste of chocolate? Probably not. Maybe you eat it once a week or every day. If you have a sudden craving, all you have to do is go to the corner store.
For farm workers in the Ivory Coast getting a bite of chocolate is little bit tougher. The West African country produces 1.6 million tons of cocoa beans every year but most of the growers and harvesters don’t know what it’s used for. They work long hours for pretty meager wages and at two euros a bar, could never afford to buy chocolate. In fact, most of them have never even heard the word.
When Dutch news program Metropolis sent a reporter with a pocket full of chocolate bars to a cacao plantation, the workers react, well, like kids in a candy store.
Farmer Alfonse tastes his first piece, smiles and says, “Mmm. I didn’t know that cacao was so yummy”. Then they head out to share the rest with his colleagues. “Help yourself and pass it on. It’s nice. White people are addicted to it,” Alfonse tells them as they each take a taste. When the chocolate runs out, the reporter presents another bar and all the men cheer.
Now that is a sweet treat.