On average it takes a cacao tree 5 years to produce its first cocoa beans. Each tree produces around 1,000 beans per year.
Cacao trees can range from 13-26 feet tall, sometimes reaching as high as 32 feet.
The annual cocoa production is 3 million tons world wide. More than 70% of all cocoa comes from West Africa. However, because cocoa trees are so delicate, farmers lose, on average, 30% of their crop.
It takes about 400 cocoa beans to make a pound of chocolate. It is said that the first chocolate bar was produced in 1848.
The Swiss consume more chocolate per person than any other nation. 22 pounds per person compared to 11 pounds in the United States.