Ive sat through the automated Hershey ride again and again ( and probably have a several videos/ dvd's of the singing cows and dancing Hershey kisses). It seems like a long, tedious process. And it is one of those things that you wonder, how did they think they would get something so delicious from the innitial ingredient, that tastes like crap.
Ive actually ordered a cacao pod online. Separated the seeds. Roasted them. Ground them down .....and tried to do my best impression of Milton Hershey. As you can see, It was a lot of fun, but Milty has nothing to worry about.
I think its great to attempt to make something from raw products or even processed products. How many times do we buy the frozen cookie dough, or betty crocker cake mixes, cook them up, then call them homemade? I think if there is a will, there is a way. Might not be worth the effort in the long run, but , knock yourself out. It will be a fun experiment, and even a rewarding one if you can pull it off.
Here is the link to the fresh cacao pods, if u get further inspired.
Fresh Tropical Fruits