Cocoa Butter For A Healthy Glow

Cocoa Butter For A Healthy Glow

Cocoa butter is a wonderful solution that is very beneficial for the skin. The butter is very smooth in nature and gets easily absorbed in the skin. It is also a little medicinal in nature and cures a lot of skin related problems.

As you know, cocoa butter is extracted from cacao beans. It contains natural antioxidants that give it the stability it has. Cocoa butter has a melting point that is just below that of body temperature and on account of this, chocolate (made of cocoa butter) melts immediately in the mouth. It gives smooth texture to many food products, especially confectioneries. It is used widely in baking due its many culinary properties.

Uses of edible cocoa butter: How do you feel when you take a bite of your favorite white chocolate or dark chocolate? Yummy, right ? You almost feel that it melts in your mouth right? Yes, that is precisely because of cocoa butter. Cocoa butter which melts at a temperature just below that of body temperature, is one of the basic ingredients of chocolates.

Cocoa butter in chocolate: Cocoa butter contains stable fats which contain natural antioxidants that can prevent it from getting rancid even for 2 to 5 years. The basic ingredient for white chocolate, cocoa butter is added along with –

  • Milk solids
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Lecithin

All these to make white chocolate. It is also is used for coating chocolate and candies which are made of marzipan. Since cocoa butter melts soon, it should be stored in dark and cold places.

Cocoa butter in chocolate melts in the mouth quickly. This happens because cocoa butter has a melting point of 31 degrees C (87.8 °F) which is just slightly below body temperature. It is said the best way to know a good piece of chocolate is to take it in our mouth and feel how fast it melts. This way, the quality of chocolate depends on the quality of cocoa butter used in it as only the latter determines a chocolate’s texture and taste.

Cocoa butter in confectioneries: Cocoa butter is used in confectioneries for its coloring and antioxidant properties. Cocoa butter helps in baking and general cooking. Nowadays, it is used in making cakes, smoothies, desserts and ice creams. Cocoa butter has also replaced dairy butter at many places. It is used instead of butter and oil in culinary processes like cooking, seasoning, mixing insoluble substances, kneading of dough, and even in food preservation. Cocoa butter can maintain the cohesion of several foods like fish, fatty products like foie gras etc. Foods will get a tender feel when cooked with cocoa butter.

Have a look at these reference links now –

  1. Cocoa Butter For Skin Care
  2. Cocoa Butter For Wrinkles by Ygoy
  3. The Butter’s Best Qualities by Beauty And Style
Posted in Uses of Cocoa Butter on Feb 27th, 2013, 10:44 am by cocoa   

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