January 25, 2018 7:15 am Leave your thoughts
If you love chocolate, you’ll adore cacao butter. Rich, smooth and velvety, it also packs an interesting nutritional punch, which is why we include it in our Superfoods range at Naturally Good Food. We’ve never got any objection to taking a closer look at all things chocolately – especially when they’re good for us – so exploring just what cacao butter is was a particularly lovely task this week! Here’s what we found out.
What’s cacao butter?
Cacao butter is essentially the natural fat from the cocoa bean. It might be pressed out of the beans, or simply drip off them during processing. The beans are ground into cocoa powder, while the fat is used in other ways, mostly to make chocolate and beauty products. Despite its name, there’s no actual ‘butter’ or dairy products involved in making cacao butter. It’s a pure vegetable fat.
Cacao butter also isn’t brown, but rather white, beige or cream-coloured. It’s soft to the touch and has a wonderful aroma in its raw state, of a rather floral nature. Cacao butter is what gives chocolate its delicious smoothness, and what makes it work so well in beauty products.
Cacao butter is a raw product – it hasn’t been heat-treated. All our cacao butter is sold as ‘raw’ and those who particularly seek out raw foods, to ensure that they retain as many nutrients as possible, can eat this without any worries.
We’ve got raw cacao butter drops, from a couple of brands, including from Choc Chick, who source theirs ethically from co-operatives in Ecaudor. We’ve got a 25kg block of raw cacao butter for bulk purchasers, as well as smaller tubs. If you’re new to this, perhaps the best place to start is the small tub of Fairtrade virgin cold-pressed raw cacao butter from the Raw Chocolate Company.
Why is it good for you?
Cacao butter is high in antioxidants, which help to fight the effects of free radicals in our body. It’s a particularly good supplier of the antioxidant oleic acid, which has heart-protecting properties.
What should I do with my cacao butter?
Cacao butter makes the perfect base for raw chocolate-making. There are a number of recipes online. We sell other products that might make the perfect addition to your unusual chocolate, such as lucuma and maca powders and coconut palm sugar.
This butter is also perfectly suitable for simple cooking and frying – you need very little, and can use it in savoury foods as well as sweet (it doesn’t affect the flavour, except to add a level of richness).
Of course, cacao butter is well-known as a natural beauty product, too. It’s a great moisturiser for both skin and lips, melting into the skin in a wonderfully luxurious manner.
Is cacao butter the same as cocoa butter?
The million-dollar question! Yes – and no – is the answer. They’re both the same fat and produced in the same manner, but cacao butter is raw, whereas cocoa butter is not. Cocoa butter is the by-product of processes that use heat, and this reduces the nutrient level. That’s why we sell cacao butter, rather than cocoa butter, at Naturally Good Food.
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This post was written by Yzanne