Quick Answer: Why Is Cocoa Butter White?

White chocolate, since we know you’re curious, contains no cocoa powder and only cocoa butter.

Cocoa butter is responsible for chocolate’s melt-in-your-mouth quality.

Cocoa butter melts at body temperature, which explains why chocolate famously melts in your mouth.

Cocoa butter is also used as a moisturizer.

Where does cocoa butter come from?

Cocoa butter, also called theobroma oil, is a pale-yellow, edible vegetable fat extracted from the cocoa bean. It is used to make chocolate, as well as some ointments, toiletries, and pharmaceuticals. Cocoa butter has a cocoa flavor and aroma.

Can I eat cocoa butter?

Cocoa butter is the fat source used to make chocolate. Real cocoa butter is completely edible, plus it’s also used very often in skin lotions, lip glosses, chapsticks and other beauty ointments. It is a healthy fat, mostly saturated just like coconut oil.

Why is it called white chocolate?

White chocolate doesn’t qualify as genuine chocolate because it doesn’t contain chocolate solids (a.k.a. cocoa powder). White chocolate is typically made from a blend of cocoa butter, milk solids, sugar, milk fat and lecithin — a fatty emulsifier that holds it all together.

Is cocoa butter unhealthy?

Cocoa butter consists mainly of palmitic, stearic, and oleic acids. Palmitic acid, a solid, saturated fat, increases risk of cardiovascular disease. Pass it on: Cocoa butter isn’t inherently unhealthy, but it will add to your daily caloric intake.