By Lauryn Elizabeth Chasse
The Starting Point:
- The cocoa that is used for the Kit Kat bars first starts off at a coco farm, in Ecuador, which is one of the world's leading exporter of chocolate. Almost 70% of cocoa comes from there.
- Cocoa farmers get US $28 per 100 lbs of cocoa beans.
- Once the pods have been harvested and split open, the beans are removed and fermented for about five days and then dried in the sun for a week before they can be sold as cocoa to other countries.
- It is estimated that there are 200,000 Ecuadorians who are in the cocoa business.
- They do everything from scratch: sorting the beans, roasting them over a fire, peeling off the husks and then crushing them with a pestle and mortar.
- They then ship the cocoa powder out to a manufacturing plant in Canada in order to actually create the chocolate for people all around the world in chocolate bar industries.
What they're made of
Kit Kats are made up of; Sugar, wheat flour, cocoa butter, nonfat milk, chocolate, refined palm kernel oil, lactose (milk), milk fat, contains 2% or less of: soy lecithin, PGPR (emulsifier), yeast, artificial flavor, salt, and sodium bicarbonate.
You can see how they're assembled here in the factory line and then shipped out to all over the world