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Facts on Cocoa Butter

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Facts on Cocoa Butter
Cocoa beans on a wood surface. Photo Credit Biitli/iStock/Getty Images

Does this surprise you? Many people confuse cocoa butter with coconut oil. The misconception occurs because companies often mix cocoa butter with coconut to create a tropical smell for tanning oils or lotions. Cocoa butter resists oxidation and takes years to spoil. To get the cocoa butter, manufacturers crush cooked cocoa beans and collect the fat that squeezes out. Chocolate makers use cocoa butter to form chocolate bars. While warm, ingredients blend with the cocoa butter and solidify as the cocoa butter returns to room temperature.

Does this surprise you? Many people confuse cocoa butter with coconut oil. The misconception occurs because companies often mix cocoa butter with coconut to create a tropical smell for tanning oils or lotions. Cocoa butter resists oxidation and takes years to spoil. To get the cocoa butter, manufacturers crush cooked cocoa beans and collect the fat that squeezes out. Chocolate makers use cocoa butter to form chocolate bars. While warm, ingredients blend with the cocoa butter and solidify as the cocoa butter returns to room temperature.

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