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FAQ's1. What does it taste like? Not much really, but it does have the strong aromatic smell of delicious chocolate.
2. Occasionally the Cacao Butter has a white-ish film around the outside - why is that? Cacao butter is a very stable product with long shelf life, even stored above room temperature. When the cacao butter is melted and poured into tubs, there can be subtle humidity or aeration variations that lead to a thin film of microscopic ‘bubbles’ forming on the surface, which give an opaque white-ish appearance….though rare, this is a completely natural occurrence.
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FactsCacao Butter is the edible natural fat of the chocolate bean, cold pressed to retain its nutritional properties and exquisite natural aroma and flavour. It's traditionally been used as a rich natural moisturiser; as a sexy and decadent massage oil; for soothing babies sore bums; in organic- based cosmetics like lipstick and balm, and in luxury soapmaking.
Nutritional BenefitsCacao Butter is a good source of Vitamin E (beta- and gamma- tocopherols) and has a unique composition including the essential fatty acids Omega-6 and monounsaturated Omega-9 (oleic acid, like olive oil) as well as stearic acid - an unusual fat in that it neither increases nor decreases blood cholesterol.
Suggested UsesRaw Foodists love it !! Use instead of butter on toast etc, or warm gently until soft (melting point approx 35C / 95 F), then add as desired to raw foodist concoctions like blissballs or ice cream, chocolate creations, smoothies or desserts - or smear on skin and lips for the ultimate moisturiser.
REALLY RAW CHOCOLATES
150g Raw Cacao Powder
300g Raw Cacao Butter
100g Liquid Sweetener eg. agave, honey, etc
Pinch of healthy salt
OPTIONAL: Goji berries, Maqui powder, Acai Powder, Goldenberries, orange zest, vanilla bean, grated ginger, shredded coconut, crushed nuts etc etc
First melt the cacao butter in a ‘bain marie’ (a steel bowl over a large pot of just boiled water). Into a strong blender, add the 4 ingredients together, then scrape out blender into a bowl, and add any optional ingredients you wish. Spoon into chocolate moulds or funny shaped ice cube trays, refrigerate for a half hour, and pop out onto plate.
[We watched LiveFoodEducation prep this, then helped them eat it – thanx & yummo!]
Decadent Lip Balm Feeling crafty? Try making your own luxe lip balm … great gifts! (use only food-grade oils please!)
50g RAW CACAO BUTTER
50g Sweet almond oil (or apricot oil)
50g Jojoba oil (or macadamia oil)
1 Tsp Vanilla essence OR peppermint essence OR orange essence
(OR even Raw Cacao POWDER for a superchocolately balm – but mix very well)
1. Melt ingredients mixing together very slowly on very low heat (ideally double boiler-type situation) – WATCH CAREFULLY & DO NOT BOIL!
2. Cool (while ensuring mix is still remaining liquid), and pour into small sterilized cosmetic jars (or other receptacle of your choice)
3. Best kept refrigerated for longevity, especially in summer
WANT MORE RECIPES? Go to Cacao Powder product page (truffles) OR Cacao Gold product page (homemade chocolate)