Our fair-trade cocoa butter wafers are an ivory colour. They are the pure, unrefined oil of the raw cacao bean.
The history of chocolate begins in Mesoamerica. Cacao, the fermented, roasted, and ground beans, can be traced to the Mokaya and other pre-Olmec people, with evidence of cacao beverages dating back to 1900 BC.
Cacao played a special role in both Maya and Aztec royal and religious events. Priests presented cacao seeds as offerings to the gods and served chocolate drinks during sacred ceremonies. All of the areas that were conquered by the Aztecs that grew cacao beans were ordered to pay them as a tax, or as the Aztecs called it, a "tribute".
The Europeans sweetened and fattened it by adding refined sugar and milk, two ingredients unknown to the Aztecs and Mayas. By contrast, they never infused it into their general diet, but have compartmentalized its use to sweets and desserts. In the 19th century, Briton John Cadbury developed an emulsification process to make solid chocolate creating the modern chocolate bar.
Fair Trade cocoa is now produced by cooperatives with nearly 42,000 farmers in 8 countries.
Cacao butter is one of the most stable fats known to man. It has a high concentration of antioxidants, including vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that prevents it from becoming rancid.
Cacao butter nourishes the skin and stimulates collagen to help skin heal and keep its elasticity
Cacao butter is considered neutral because of the saturated fat content in cacao butter, over half comes from stearic acid. Stearic acid has been shown in numerous studies to have a neutral impact on blood cholesterol
Important source of oleic acid, vitamin C and E, cacao butter help reduce high cholesterol levels in the blood
Good source of phenols compounds, cacao butter possesses antioxidant properties that protect the body from free radicals
Contains theobromine, a stimulating agent similar to caffeine that helps stem cells cleanse out their fat content
Good amount of phytosterols, cacao butter is an effective healing and repairing agent. It also help reduce inflammation
In Africa, cacao butter is massaged into the skin to prevent stretch marks from occuring during and after pregnancy. The buttery plant gives elasticity to the skin.
Melt cacao butter in a double boiler and mix it with raw cacao powder, vanilla and sugar to taste, until it becomes a creamy chocolate. Cool in pan and voila! You'll have a homemade chocolate bar made of Fairtrade cacao! Add your choice of nut pieces or dried fruits to change it up a bit!
Cacao butter is also used in the production of some cosmetics like sun oil or lip balm.
90% of the world's cacao comes from small family farms of 12 acres or less.
Cacao butter, thanks to its high concentration of antioxdants, has a lifespan of 4 years in a cool and dry cupboard. Cocoa butter is solid up to 35 ° C.Origin:
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