We had a wonderful day at this chocolate farm. We started out with a delicious cup of hot chocolate while our guide told us about the day. We each got to plant a small cacao plant. We saw cacao plants growing. Our guide cut open a pod to show us the seeds inside. We even got to taste them. We saw the steps of drying the seeds and then our guides put some of them into a large mortar with some sugar. They sang a song as they pounded this into chocolate the old fashioned way. Then we got to taste it! Near the end of our tour we got to go inside to see the chocolate making process the modern way. We choose to make some chocolate molds for an extra cost. These were yummy but they were pretty melty by the time we got back to Santiago because it was so hot outside. We ended the morning with a delicous catered meal. It was one of the best things we did while living in the Dominican Republic. It was well worth the money.
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