Despite its misleading name, cocoa butter is definitely vegan. That’s because cocoa butter is not butter at all. Well… I suppose actually it is… it’s butter made from cocoa, not milk. Cocoa butter is the fat extracted from the cocoa bean, which is what chocolate is made from. Cocoa butter is found as an ingredient in many products, such as baked goods and massage creams, which may or may not be vegan. Cocoa butter also goes by the name, theobroma oil. So, if you see something that has theobroma oil in it, now you know what it is.
Is Cocoa Butter Healthy?
It’s perfectly reasonable to wonder if anything with “butter” in its name can be healthy. Cocoa butter is perfectly healthy as long as it’s only consumed occasionally in small amounts. Cocoa butter does not contain any cholesterol since it is derived solely from a plant source, but it is fat, after all, and it’s very high in calories. Overdoing it can certainly lead to weight gain and possibly other wight-related health issues. In other words, don’t eat it by the spoonful and you’ll be fine.
What Can I Use Cocoa Butter For?
Well, as I already mentioned, cocoa butter is often found as an ingredient in topical creams, but you can also use raw cocoa butter by itself as a topical cream. Cocoa butter also makes an excellent ingredient for vegan baking. It’s highly stable, stays solid at room temperature, and has a mild chocolate flavor and aroma. Try using cocoa butter as a dairy-butter substitute when baking to add richness and smoothness to your treats.