cocoa bean

plural cocoa beans

Definition of cocoa bean

: a dried, fermented, fatty seed of the fruit of a South American tropical evergreen tree (Theobroma cacao of the family Sterculiaceae) that is used in making cocoa, chocolate, and cocoa butter : cacao sense 1 The cocoa bean contains cocoa solids (particles) and about 53 percent cocoa butter.— Rose Levy Beranbaum

Examples of cocoa bean in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The new design pays homage to the company’s 170 year legacy of making chocolate from scratch and being one of the few companies in America that actually controls the entire chocolate manufacturing process, from cocoa bean to finished product. Chelsea Davis, Forbes, 2 June 2022 In Venezuela, a restaurant owner is reintroducing the traditional criollo cocoa bean, a lucrative export crop. Richard Schiffman, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Feb. 2022 Even more impressively, the entire choo choo—from its cars to its passengers to the rocks beneath its tracks—is made from the cocoa bean confection. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 21 Dec. 2021 Her family had been in the Bay Area since the 1800s, by virtue of a Spanish sea captain who brought cocoa beans to San Francisco. Annie Vainshtein,, 26 Apr. 2020 The cocoa bean emerged in Mesoamerica, where indigenous people used it in religious ceremonies, traded it as a currency, and fermented it into alcohol. Popular Science, 20 Apr. 2020 The formula incorporates cocoa beans and a fluoride alternative called rennou and is packaged in brown tubes that resemble chocolate bars, with shiny, gold lettering and caps. Claire Ballentine,, 24 Sep. 2019 This is simply because Côte d’Ivoire’s main export product is cocoa beans and the Netherlands (as well as France and other European countries) is the main destination for the product. Michael E Odijie, Quartz Africa, 27 Nov. 2019 Discover the expertise and craftsmanship of the Lindt Master Chocolatiers in every EXCELLENCE bar, blending the highest-quality cocoa beans with the world’s finest ingredients to create a rich and refined chocolate. Lindt Excellence, Bon Appétit, 26 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of cocoa bean

1799, in the meaning defined above

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