ORGANIC CACAO, butter
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Botanical Name: Theobroma cacao (pronounce kah-kow) - cultivar Criollo
Country of Origin: Ecuador
Production: After the ripe pod has been cut from the tree, it is opened, the rind discarded, and the pulp and seeds laid out for several days. During this time the pulp liquefies or “sweats” and fermentation starts, which softens the bitter taste and helps to unlock the full aroma of the cacao bean. This fermentation process is usually followed by gently roasting the beans to enhance the chocolate aroma. The beans are then crushed and their thin skins removed so that only pieces or “nibs” remain. Cacao nibs are then ground into a thick brown liquid called cacao paste (aka cacao mass or liquor) which is made up of cacao butter (55-60%) and suspended fine cacao particles. This cacao paste is subsequently pressed until it separates into cacao butter and a cacao “cake” which is then ground to produce cacao powder.
Qualities: Cacao butter (aka theobroma oil) is an edible, highly stable vegetable fat (about 60% saturated) that can be used in cooking as well as in skin products. It’s most common culinary application is in the creation of chocolate.
Since cacao butter melts at room temperature and is rich in antioxidants and vitamins it is also a natural moisturizer with very soothing and hydrating properties for the skin. In the cosmetic industry, cacao butter is used as a thickening agent and a common ingredient in lipsticks, soaps, and emollient creams imbuing them with a subtle cocoa scent (unless deodorized).
Storage: Best kept at room temperatures around 20C (68F), away from direct sunlight, protected from moisture, and tightly sealed.
Safety: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the CFIA or FDA. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This product has been packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and other potential allergens.
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It was good, but overall the products I purchased were old
The cacao butter is delish! I ordered two other cacao's from the store and both were older... the cacao paste I ordered was blooming therefor older. And the cacao powder I ordered was very strong tasting, very bitter - most likely old. The cacao butter here, was excellent! I rated this a 4, because of the experience I had with the company as a whole.