The Story of Chocolate
Grades: 3 - 8

Video Description: Meet Brian Pelletier, owner and chief chocolatier at Kakao Chocolate in St. Louis, Missouri.  Learn how chocolate gets from the field to your sweet tooth beginning with the plants that grow the beans through the harvest and refinement process all the way to the final cooking, sweetening, and forming process.

Type of Video: Story*
Unique Video ID: Agriculture-14**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • After viewing the video, have students select another food product to research to learn how it is grown, harvested, and brought to market; have students create their own video, display, or report to share what they learned with others.
  • From 00:47 to 01:00 in the video, Brian describes how many cocoa beans are found in each pod and estimates how many would be needed to create one chocolate bar; using the numbers he provides have students estimate how many beans would be needed to make 5 chocolate bars.
  • Have students research and create charts showing chocolate production and consumption around the world.


*Story videos employ a narrative form to highlight a topic, location, or practitioner in the area of study.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.