Raw cacao butter is a cold-extracted oil of cacao bean which sets at the temperature of about 20C. Basically, raw cacao mass minus the cacao powder. It is an ultimate ingredient for home made raw chocolate creations. However, its versatility extends way beyond that.
It is an essential ingredient in setting any raw desserts (cakes, fudge, mouse, bites, energy balls, creams, icing, etc). Cacao butter is also a luxurious ingredient for smoothies adding that extra nice silky texture. Just be sure to use it warmed, in a liquid state and use it as the first, base ingredient.
Finally, it is most definitely our go-to natural moisturizer with the most enchanting, natural chocolate fragrance. Try it for yourself and you will love it!
Cacao (especially organic, fair-traded, wild or single estate) comes from a very bio-diverse ecosystem with rich soil. No wonder it is super rich in minerals and phyto-nutrients such as magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc (among many others). Cacao has an ability to boost immune system, strengthen the cardiovascular system, sharpen the mind and improve mental focus. It is also a great aphrodisiac. Read more about it here.
Our Ecuadorian cacao comes from Calceta, in the province of Manabi in Ecuador, where we work with a specialist in Cacao, who sources the native Cacao Nacional Fino Arriba variety. He works directly with the farmers enabling them to focus on: quality management – producing healthy, high quality cacao; consultancy – advice on production and post-harvest techniques; business development – with economic and environmental sustainability in mind, as well as export. He is committed to fair trade, promoting better income distribution among the farmers he works with by advancing timely and fair payments and is aware of his social responsibility for the welfare of people involved with him. The farmers nurture the trees, hand pick the cacao pods, and separate the beans for fermenting. After a carefully controlled fermentation process, the cacao beans are sun dried to retain their natural qualities. The beans are then hand-peeled, before further processing into nibs, paste, butter and powder. The Cacao Nacional Fino Arriba tree only grows in Ecuador – it is very special, as the cacao is considered worldwide to have the most superb, unique, floral aroma and a nutty flavour, as well as the highest amounts of nutrients and minerals.
Raw cacao butter is perfect for home made chocolate, also in smoothies, raw cheesecakes and other desserts. It is also an amazing natural moisturizer for skin and hair.
If you love cacao as much as we do, read our article about medicinal uses of cacao in everyday life here.
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Store in a dry, cool place in an air-tight container.