In its most basic form, chocolate is the processed and ground-up seeds of the cacao tree, almost always consumed with sugar. Even though chocolate comes from a tropical fruit, that doesn't make it salad(as much as we'd like it to)! In fact, the concept of chocolate has become so diluted that when you ask where chocolate comes from, you could be asking a multitude of things. This ranges from where chocolate is made and where cacao is grown to where chocolate milk comes from!
In the USA some chocolate brands confusingly put "chocolate" as an ingredient on their bars. Following the FDA's definition of chocolate, that ingredient of "chocolate" is cacao, processed in unknown ways. To get to the bottom of where chocolate comes from, let's dive into the most common forms of chocolate and their respective origins.