How Willy Wonka’s inventions compare to real-life chocolate machines

by | Jan 25, 2024 | Chocolate Information

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Comparing Wonka’s chocolate contraptions to actual chocolate machinery reveals a delightful similarity – both are spreading sweetness and captivating people with unique chocolate creations. In the various novels by Roald Dahl, Wonka’s chocolates are playful, imaginative, and feel like pure fantasy that couldn’t exist in the real world. These inventive ideas add a touch of magic to the chocolate-making process, offering a fun and enchanting way for everyone to have a basic understanding of how chocolate is made. 

Essentially, Willy Wonka’s chocolate inventions carry a magical charm, providing an entertaining escape into a world of imagination. In the real chocolate industry, the focus is on science, technology, and craftsmanship to bring us the delicious chocolates that we savor. This contrast emphasizes the enchanting allure of Wonka’s world against the practical reality of chocolate production. There’s certainly some magic to science and technology, and in the end, the results are the same: amazing chocolate!

How long does it take to make chocolate with Wonka’s chocolate machine vs real life? 

In Willy Wonka’s world, making chocolate is shown as quick and magical, thanks to his fantastic machines. Particularly in the newest Wonka movie, which features a table-top, portable, chocolate-making machine, Willy Wonka is able to spit out custom chocolates in a matter of minutes (if not faster!).  But in reality, making chocolate is a complex and time-consuming process. The complete process includes processing cocoa beans, refining the chocolate mass, conching, tempering, molding, and cooling (learn more about all these chocolate making steps). Making chocolate can be a lengthy process, often taking several days when hand-crafted. The exact duration depends on factors such as the chocolate recipe, equipment used, and the scale of production. 

One of our goals at CocoTerra was to take the home chocolate-making process, which was typically a two-day process using multiple machines, and reduce the time significantly using just one machine.  With CocoTerra, you can make chocolate in under 2 hours!  This means that if you start a batch of chocolate when you start cooking dinner, you’ll have fresh chocolate for dessert. 

How does Wonka’s chocolate machine compare to real life chocolate making machines?  

Wonka’s machines are a product of fiction that make the imaginable possible, while real-life chocolate-making machines are sophisticated pieces of equipment developed to meet industry standards and produce high-quality chocolate (OK, not all of it is “high-quality”). The difference highlightshow chocolate-making can be made to look simple and open to endless creativity in stories but in reality, it needs to be practical for real-world situations.

How can CocoTerra let you be like Wonka?

If Willy Wonka inspires you to make chocolate from scratch, then CocoTerra may be just what you are looking for.  CocoTerra is a single appliance that combines grinding, refining, conching, tempering, and molding all in one simple machine, giving you a complete chocolate-making experience. CocoTerra is easy and fun, perfect for anyone interested in making chocolate at home, from kitchen enthusiasts and foodies to professionals and even cacao farmers. Even if you don’t know anything about making chocolate, CocoTerra is designed to help you succeed right from the start. It’s easy to use, but it also lets more experienced users and professionals control and adjust various chocolate-making settings.

How long does it take to make chocolate at home?  

As mentioned previously, making chocolate at home can take somewhere between 1-5 days.  With CocoTerra, you can make about half a pound of premium chocolate in just two hours – a huge improvement in time compared to what’s possible now.  In fact, most people who come from the chocolate industry don’t believe it, until they see it and taste it. Now it’s your turn!

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