Cacao butter is used for making chocolates, make-up and as a massage unguent (great word). Ours is top quality and great value.
Right from the start, Cacao Butter is a bit of a misnomer. There’s no butter or dairy in Cacao Butter, nor is Cacao Butter particularly buttery in flavor. Rather, Cacao Butter is technically an oil. Traditionally, when making chocolate, peeled Cacao Beans are crushed into Nibs, and then pressed and ground with very high pressure. This process creates two products: the dry, brown, powdery Cacao “cake,” otherwise known as Cacao Powder, and the pure Cacao fat, otherwise known as Cacao Butter. Cacao Butter looks like a golden-hued oil when melted at low heat, and hardens into a cream-colored solid when cooled to room temperature. Cacao Butter is the reason why your chocolate bars taste so smooth, and why the chocolate chips in cookies are hard to the touch, but melt in your mouth.
Difference between Cacao and Cocoa
“Cacao” refers to any of the various food products derived from cacao beans, which are the seeds of the cacao tree. These products include cacao nibs, cacao butter, cacao mass, and – probably the most common – cacao powder. Raw cacao powder is made by cold-pressing unroasted cocoa beans. The process keeps the living enzymes in the cocoa and removes the cacao butter, which is the fat.
“Cocoa” often refers to the dry powder made by roasting Cacao powder at high temperatures. In order to distinguish unroasted cacao from roasted cocoa, the term “cacao” was adopted.