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What can I do with cocoa butter?

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Created February 14, 2012 at 9:24 PM

I'd like ideas for using cocoa butter besides for making chocolate. Is it good to use as just a cooking fat? Any particular foods it goes well with?

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2913 · February 15, 2012 at 2:50 PM

I used cocoa butter the whole time I was pregnant. I still have stretch marks. I think stretch marks are a genetic thing. Of course, gaining 60 lbs didn't help either.

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573 · February 14, 2012 at 10:29 PM

I already do this (Grrrr stretch marks on hips and thighs), but I have quite a bit of the cocoa butter so would like to use it as food as well :) anyone know if it really decreases stretch marks?

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573 · February 14, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Adds almost no flavour? Yay, I was kind of bummed out when I realised how horrible canola oil is - it used to be my favorite simply because it didn't add flavour, just enough fat for texture and to avoid sticking to the plan.... Might give cocoa butter a go next time I put anything in a pan.

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19120 · February 14, 2012 at 9:43 PM

The smoke point of cocoa butter is actually pretty high - around 180 - 200 C, even though it's melting point is pretty low. Cocoa butter is high in stearic acid, which is a SFA.

I have melted it on the stove top, quick seared then broiled steaks (elk, goat, beef). It adds, however, almost no flavor. However, if you were to do the above, you can then deglaze the pan with some cocoa powder and bourbon, and get a very tasty sauce for those steaks.

And for those days when I make paleo-ified desserts, there's baking with it, which works fantastically.

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573 · February 14, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Adds almost no flavour? Yay, I was kind of bummed out when I realised how horrible canola oil is - it used to be my favorite simply because it didn't add flavour, just enough fat for texture and to avoid sticking to the plan.... Might give cocoa butter a go next time I put anything in a pan.

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2913 · February 14, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Rub it on pregnant women!

Or just use it as lotion/body oil.

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2913 · February 15, 2012 at 2:50 PM

I used cocoa butter the whole time I was pregnant. I still have stretch marks. I think stretch marks are a genetic thing. Of course, gaining 60 lbs didn't help either.

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573 · February 14, 2012 at 10:29 PM

I already do this (Grrrr stretch marks on hips and thighs), but I have quite a bit of the cocoa butter so would like to use it as food as well :) anyone know if it really decreases stretch marks?

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11099 · February 14, 2012 at 10:17 PM

I've used it for massage...highly recommended on Valentine's Day...melt it to the point of warmth, and be sure to massage on a sheet or towel that you don't care about ruining...soooo lovely to engage all the senses!

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