The Cacao

The Process

Cocoa butter come from cocoa bean that requires complex procedures. First,

Cocoa needs to be harvested manually. Cocoa beans grow in pods that sprout off of the trunk and branches of cocoa trees. The pods are about the size of football.

The seed pods of cocoa will first be collected into the basket and the pods are taken to processing house. They are split open and cocoa beans are removed. Pods can contain upward of 50 cocoa beans each.

Next, the beans undergo the fermentation processing. They are either placed in larger, shallow, heated trays or may be simply heated by the sun. Worker come along periodically and stir them up so that all of beans come out equally fermented. This process may take five or eight days.

After fermentation, the cocoa seeds must be dried before they can be scooped in sacks and ship to chocolate manufacture. The drying process usually takes about a week. 

Once the cocoa beans have reached the machinery of chocolate factories, they are ready to be refined into chocolate. Generally, manufacturing processes differ slightly due to the different species of cocoa trees, but most factories use similar machines to break down the cocoa beans into cocoa butter and chocolate.  In each cocoa beans contains around 54% of fat or cocoa butter.

 

The Benefit

Cocoa butter is high in fat, mostly saturated fat, just like coconut oil. The amount of saturated fat it contains is between 57 percent to 64 percent of the total fat content. And, yes, you can eat cocoa butter. The real cocoa butter has a faint taste and smell similar to dark chocolate.

Prevent skin dryness

Cocoa butter is excellent skin moisturizer and helps heal it from the inside out too. The fatty acids that are found in cocoa beans are easily absorbed and remain on the skin for hours.

Antioxidant

Some of the antioxidants remain in cocoa butter even after it's separated from the beans' solids. Antioxidant helping to improve the overall skin tone, elasticity and the appearance of stretch marks.

Soothes rashes and infection

Cocoa Beans contain cocoa mass polyphenols, which fight production of antibodies found in the skin that cause the body to react against certain substances. This makes cocoa butter ideal for skin conditions such as dry skin, rashes and eczema.

Prevents aging

Cocoa butter contains high concentration of antioxidant compounds that help to neutralize free radicals throughout the body. By reducing the oxidative stress, cocoa butter can help reduce the sign of aging, including wrinkles and age marks.