cocoa butter

noun
a fatty substance obtained from the seeds of the cacao, used in making soaps, cosmetics, and other products.


Origin:
1895–1900

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cocoa butter
 
n
a yellowish-white waxy solid that is obtained from cocoa beans and used for confectionery, soap, etc

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cocoa butter

pale-yellow, edible vegetable fat obtained from cocoa beans, having a mild chocolate flavour and aroma, and used in the manufacture of chocolate confections, pharmaceutical ointments, and toiletries. It is valued for its melting characteristics, remaining brittle at room temperature or lower but melting just below body temperature. One of the most stable fats known, cocoa butter contains antioxidants that discourage rancidity and allow storage life of two to five years. Its use with other fats improves their stability. Treatment of cocoa butter to remove aroma and colour also removes antioxidants, increasing susceptibility to rancidity.

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So the chocolate factory made a cubic meter of cocoa butter, the basis of all
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To two parts natural chocolate liquor add one part milk-and-sugar paste and one
  part pure cocoa butter.
Cocoa butter is the fat of choice in the confectionery industry.
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