Cocoa  |  Coconut  | Coffee  | Rubber  |  Tongkat Ali  |

| Teck Guan Cocoa Museum (Koko Muzium)  |  Teck Guan Cocoa Village  |  About Cocoa  |  Photo Gallery  | Cocoa Plantation |

Cocoa Festival Theme Song
Music : Peter Ngu   Lyrics : Thomas Chin

Tawau cocoa town, Renowned in the world.
Black volcanic soil, best for cocoa plants.
Quoin Hill started it all, research through the years, yield best quality cocoa in the world.
Mmm……………………… Rich aroma of cocoa, they make great tasty cakes and cookies.
Smooth and yammy cocoa, every one loves the chocolaty taste.
And the beauty of natural wonders, tropical paradise,
Shanshui Golf and Country Club, Madai Cave and the Sipadan, Mabul Diving place;
Welcome you to Tawau, cocoa paradise.

07-10-2001 Tawau

Koko of Malaysia

Commercial planting of cocoa in Sabah

Malaysia is the seventh largest supplier of chocolate in the world. In Malaysia, the State of Sabah produces more than 70 per cent of the total production of cocoa beans (1998 data).

Most of the cocoa cultivation are small holders and there are only few large cocoa plantation company.

Cocoa production in Sabah concentrated in Tawau District

Recent years  there is a  reduction in production in cocoa mainly due to the increasing conversion of cocoa cultivated land into oil palm plantation.

The bulk of the cocoa products in the State is exported as cocoa beans and  processed  cocoa butter and cocoa powder.

Cocoa : 'The food of the gods', as cocoa was called 500 years ago when the Spanish came upon it in South America, remains a precious commodity.

A cocoa tree growing in the wild can live up to 200 years but a cultivated tree is usually replaced after 20 to 30 years.

The cocoa tree is a small tree. It produces cocoa pods on its woody trunk and brunches. The 20cm long pods are red or yellow and are hard. Cocoa pods are produced throughout the year.

Cocoa is grown in full sun, although shade is used during establishment.

The height of cocoa is kept to about 3-5 m to make harvesting easier.

Harvesting has a high labour demand for a relatively short and often unpredictable season. After harvest, beans are fermented and dried and then traded.

Use of cocoa

Uses of Cocoa : Cocoa  seeds are processed into cocoa powder for use mainly to make chocolate  and cocoa butter. Cocoa pulp can be eaten fresh or made into cocoa juice.

In Malaysia, uses of cocoa are many. It may be used in cakes, creams, drinks, toppings. Hotel Emas of Sabah created a series featured  cocoa-based food delicacies such as :

1) crystal prawns with chocolate mayonnaise source,
2) crispy cocoa chicken,
3) cocoa sotong roll,
4) cocoa fish slice,
5) cocoa fried noodle,
6) cocoa beef
7) cocoa fried rice.
8) cocoa snacks - chocolate prawn roll, chocolate ondei-ondei
9) fresh cocoa juice

Besides its use as a food, scientists  discovered cocoa is beneficial for health. Cocoa has twice the anti-cancer antioxidants of red wine, and up to three times those found in green tea.


Coco products from Majulah Koko Tawau Sdn. Bhd, Malaysia

Uses of Cocoa : Cocoa can be used to make Chocolate Spread, Cocoa Shower and Chocolate Syrup


Hoko Oligo Dark Chocolate Spread

This chocolate spread contains high contents of our pure & superior quality cocoa which is originated from our cocoa plantation. This chocolate spread is totally Sugar-Free & Cholesterol-Free, which is an absolute healthy chocolate product especially for those whom are conscious on weight gain. Hence, indulge yourself care freely in this enriched pure cocoa taste without any worry on weight gain, on the other hand it can bring to you much nutritional benefits.

Hoko Natural Cocoa Shower

Cocoa, inherently contain high vitamin E which is well-known for its nourishing & moisturizing properties, it helps to smoothen & lighten scars & marks. In addition, this cocoa shower has the healing benefit in curing light rheumatism besides refreshing & reenergizing your body. Its rich creamy lather clean your skin gently & leave your skin silky soft, smooth & supple for long hours. So pamper yourself to enjoy a refreshing & high value added cocoa shower, which will benefit you surprisingly.

Hoko Chocolate Syrup

Enriched aroma chocolate syrup, which is highly nutritious, it can be blended into hot or cold       milk besides used as coating for ice cream and various bakeries.



What is Cocoa : The dried and partially fermented fatty seeds of the cacao tree are used to make chocolate and  cocoa powder

Cocoa is Sabah's fourth largest agricultural crop with about 25,300 ha planted. Tawau has almost 22,500 ha.

Cocoa bean are also processed to produced various medicines, skin care products, chocolate and other foodstuffs.

Cocoa was first planted in Sabah in 1950s.  Today it is found in Tawau, Sandakan and Kudat.

There are about 900 cocoa beans per kilogram.

The Cocoa Tree (Theobroma Cacao) is from South America. It was first discovered in Mexico where the Spaniards found A drinking 'choclati', where the word 'chocolate' comes from. It means 'Drink of the Gods'

The products of this tree - chocolate, cocoa and cocoa butter - are vital for the economics of countries like Ghana, Brazil, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.

Reference on : Dry Fermented Beans, shell, nibs, roasted nibs, cocoa mass, cocoa cake, deodorized cocoa butter & Majulah Cocoa Powder. Please visit  International Cocoa Organization :

  • Is Chocolate A Health Food? : Chocolate and Cocoa: Health Nutrition
    Great news for chocolate lovers. This article by Meri Raffetto RD explains the health benefits of chocolate. ... . Fine Dark Chocolate: ratings tasting analysis health wellness lifestyle and resources ... Chocolate & Cocoa: Health and Nutrition. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Chocolate Answered in Book, Chocolate & Cocoa: Health and Nutrition ...

  • 100,000 hectares of cocoa plantations by 2010
    Malaysia Ministry of Plantation Enterprises and Commodities has targeted some 100,000 hectares of cocoa plantations throughout the country by the year 2010. Currently  only 33,000 hectares were in existence in Malaysia.
  • Sharp decline in Tawau
    The local cocoa industry in Tawau had shown a sharp decline lately. Most plantation companies were no longer interested in cocoa cultivation due to low pricing, coupled with extensive labor, compared with the oil palm industry. Cocoa trees were cut down for new ventures.
  • Scheme grants for smallholders
    Sabah had been producing 65 per cent of Malaysia cocoa production. Malaysian Cocoa Board has schemes for smallholders, such as providing scheme grants and special hybrids to help them revive their cocoa ventures.

  • Proposed Methodology to Determine Source and Level of Lead Contamination in Cocoa
    One of the items examined at the Twenty-fourth Session of CODEX ALIMENTARIUS COMMISSION in Geneva, Switzerland in July n2001 was the Draft Revised Standard at Step 8 for Cocoa Butter (ALINORMO1/14, Appendix IV). The proposals were to reduced the levels of contaminants of lead (PB) from 0.5mg/kg to 0.1mg/kg for cocoa butter and 2mg/kg to 1mg/kg for cocoa mass and cocoa powders.

  • Chocolate and Health
    Can Chocolate/Confectionary products fit into a healthy diet?  That is diet that provides the appropriate proportions of energy from carbohydrates, fat and protein and meets our requirements for vitamins and minerals?  The answer is yes. 
  • Health, Nutritional, Medicinal and other uses of Cocoa
    A listing of web sites and articles regarding health, nutritional, medicinal and other uses of cocoa

History of Cocoa
  • Chocolate and cocoa are made from the beans of the cacao tree, which apparently originated in the foothills of the Andes in the Amazon and Orinoco basins of South America. The tree was introduced into Central America by the ancient Maya, and was cultivated in Mexico by the Toltecs and later by the Aztecs.
  • Cocoa was an important commodity in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. Spanish chroniclers of the conquest of Mexico by Hernán Cortés relate that when Moctezuma II, emperor of the Aztecs, dined he took no other beverage than chocolate, served in a golden goblet and eaten with a golden spoon. Flavored with vanilla and spices, his chocolate was whipped into a froth that dissolved in the mouth. No less than 50 pitchers of it were prepared for the emperor each day, and 2000 more for nobles of his court.
  • Chocolate was introduced to Europe by the Spaniards and became a popular beverage by 1700. They also introduced the cacao tree into the West Indies and the Philippines. It was used in alchemical processes, where it was known as Black Bean.
  • Today, most of the world's crop of beans is grown in equatorial Africa, especially on the Gold Coast, and a small amount in South America, chiefly Brazil. The use of chocolate, cocoa and other products is world-wide. Belgium has the highest per capita consumption of cocoa at 5.5 kg, ten times the world-wide average .


A pod has a rough leathery rind about 3 cm (1˝ inch) thick. It is filled with slimy pinkish pulp, sweet but inedible, enclosing from 30 to 50 large almond-like seeds or "beans" that are fairly soft and pinkish or purplish in color.

As soon as they ripen, the pods are removed with a curved knife on a long pole, opened with a machete, and left to dry until taken to fermentation.

Natural Cocoa Powder is made from well-fermented and roasted cocoa beans.

There the beans are removed and piled in heaps, bins, or on gratings where, during several days of "sweating", the thick pulp ferments until it thins and trickles off. The quality of the beans, which originally have a strong bitter taste, depends upon this sweating. If it is overdone they may be ruined; if underdone they have a flavor like raw potatoes and are liable to mildew.


Then the beans are spread out, constantly raked over, and dried. On large plantations this is done on huge trays, either outdoors by sunshine or in sheds by artificial heat. However, thousands of tons from smaller producers are dried on small trays or on cowhides.

Finally, the beans are trodden and shuffled about (often using bare human feet) and sometimes, during this process red clay mixed with water is sprinkled over the beans to obtain a finer color, polish, and protection against moulds during shipment to factories in the United States, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and other countries. About 3,000,000 tones of cocoa are grown each year. The Netherlands is the leading cocoa processing country, followed by the U.S.

Export of cocoa beans from Sabah  declines since 1995 and its started to increase in 2001.  In 2002 volume of cocoa beans exported amounted to 21,109 tones valued at RM110.24 million.

Producing chocolate : To make 1 kg of chocolate, about 300-600 beans are processed.

In a factory the beans, after being washed and roasted, are de-hulled by a "nibber" machine that also removes the germ. The nibs are ground between three sets of stones until they emerge as a thick creamy paste.

Cocoa powder : Cocoa powder is made from thick creamy paste by removing part of its fatty oils with a hydraulic press or by using the Broma process. With starch and sugar added, the liquor is churned and beaten in a "Conges" machine to produce sweet chocolate.

Dutch-process Cocoa
Adding an alkali produces Dutch process cocoa powder, which is generally available most everywhere in the world except the United States and has less acidity. Regular or no alkalized cocoa is lighter in color and sharper in flavor. It is acidic, so when added to recipes with an alkaline ingredient like baking soda, the two react and leaven a product.

Dutch processed cocoa is Cocoa treated with alkali to neutralize some of the harsh acid compounds of the original cocoa. The color of the alkalized cocoa is quite dark, but the flavor is much milder than that of cocoa made by other methods.

Some of the cocoa products made in Malaysia :

Export of intermediate cocoa products from Sabah consists of cocoa butter, cocoa powder and cocoa liquor. In 2000, export amounted to 5.3 million. Sabah’s import of chocolate products in 2002 amounted to RM16.7 million.


  • Terepia International Wholesale Health and Nutrition Sourcing - Articles
    Terepia International is a sourcing and research company for the health and nutrition industry. The company specialize in pomegranate powder, stevia, living egg, and activated ionic trace minerals. ... Potential Heart Health Benefits of Cocoa Polyphenols.
  • World Cocoa Foundation - Encouraging Sustainable, Responsible Cocoa Growing
    The World Cocoa Foundation promotes sustainable, responsible cocoa growing to improve the well being of millions of family farmers worldwide who grow cocoa. ... Health and Nutrition : Health and Nutrition ... Serum Cholesterol. Chocolate & Cocoa: Health and Nutrition Book Review. Health & Nutrition Organizations
  • WebMD: Cocoa: The Next Health Drink?
    Rich, Dark Cocoa May Melt Away High Blood Pressure Read Cocoa: The Next Health Drink? online at WebMD. WebMD provides valuable health information, tools for managing your health. ... Cocoa: The Next Health Drink? Diet & Nutrition Rich, Dark Cocoa May Melt Away High Blood Pressure. nutrition in cocoa medical health drink information advice articles ..
  • Health, Healthy Eating and Nutrition News
    Latest health and nutrition news from around the world. Statistics, surveys, research and studies as well as new products ... -- UK health news 20050811: "Cocoa fights clots ... Kingdom (MSR, PNA, NEA, and TJK), and the Nutrition, Food and Health Research Center, King's College London, London ...
  • Dark chocolate may provide some health benefits
    A recent study found that dark chocolate intake improved insulin sensitivity and resistance and decreased blood pressure, but white chocolate intake ...

    AORN Journal
  • Chocolate's dark health secret
    EARLY REPORTS that chocolate has health benefits are now being bolstered by new research. In a joint study at the University of Glasgow and the National

    Muscle & Fitness/Hers

Issues with cocoa as a commodity

*Many cocoa farmers receive a low price for their produce. This has led to cocoa and chocolate being available as 'fair trade' items in some countries, but this fair trade remains a tiny percentage of total trade.  *Pollination is exclusively by midges, which may be affected by pesticides


 June 22, 2016 11:21:08 PM

 | HOME |