Before you send your kids out the door to collect their Halloween candy, give them a quick tutorial on the origins of their favorite chocolate goodies. We think they’ll be excited to learn about the people who grow their cocoa—and the importance of this sweet crop for wildlife and the global environment.
Here, a few of the best cocoa resources on the Rainforest Alliance’s Learning Site:
- Take them on a virtual tour of the Ecuadorian rainforest, where cocoa grows wild.
- Teach them about the Theobroma cacao plant, used for food as far back as 200 BC!
- Introduce them to Romel, a young boy who lives on a cocoa farm in Ecuador, in a Rainforest Alliance original story.
- Show them how chocolate transforms from a cocoa bean to a chocolate bar.
- Urge them to think about what Halloween would be like without chocolate.
We hope they enjoy learning about the history of this tasty treat as much as they enjoy eating it!