We're wrapping up the season with a delicious episode about chocolate. From cocoa addicts in Australia like Allison, who can eat 1.5 kilos like a pro to hard working cocoa farmers on the plants of Ivory Coast. N'da Alphonso grows cocoa beans on his field, and tastes his first chocolate bar in his life in Metropolis.
Contrary to the common belief that chocolate provides nothing more than a quick sugar rush, Lorie from Mexico has lifted chocolate to a higher level. She uses cocoa beans the same way as her Mayan ancestors did. "This traditional chocolate milk goes directly to your brains and bloodstream," according to Lorie. "It's stimulating. You will be happy, but it can also make you emotional. It's about transformation and inner communication with yourself." So Lorie's magical chocolate gives her much more than a momentary sugar rush.
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Allison from Australia suffers from chocolate addiction. She can eat up to a kilo of chocolate in a night, and as if that isn't enough she tops it off with two bags of M&M's. "It's like a kind of valium for me," says cocoa junkie Allison, who tries to kick the habit of 'shame-eating'. "If I eat 100 grams of chocolate, I force myself to walk for half an hour."
Unlike Allison, N'Da Alphonse has never tasted chocolate in his life. If you grow cocoa in Ivory Coast, chances are you'll never see the finished product. "To be honest I do not know what they make of my beans," says farmer N'Da Alphonse. "I've heard they're used as flavoring in cooking, but I've never seen it. I do not even know if it's true." Chocolate is hardly available in Ivory Coast and if you can find it it is very pricey. So with his modest income N'da can't afford it. Our correspondent Selay introduces him with a piece of pure chocolate for the first time.
Report online Thursday February 6th at 9.00 GMT+1.