cocoa butter

variants: or less commonly

Definition of cocoa butter 

: a pale vegetable fat with a low melting point obtained from cacao beans

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In 1898, Benedict Johnson and his B.J. Johnson & Company introduced bar soap made of palm and olive oils and cocoa butter. Tyler Watamanuk, New York Times, "When Did Soap, Once Simple, Get So Complicated?," 11 July 2018 Some dishes are just lovely: those sweet peas, those crudites, a foie gras terrine served with summer truffle and strawberries, some in strawberry gastrique, others with a porcini-cocoa butter shell. Devra First,, "What’s on the menu at Falmouth’s Buffalo Jump? ‘Weird food that only weirdos like’," 11 July 2018 This Allure Best of Beauty award–winning, crazy-moisturizing lip oil mends dry, cracked lips thanks to four hydrating heavy hitters: coconut and olive oils, plus shea and cocoa butters. Allure, "The 16 Best Lip Oils to Try Now," 28 Feb. 2018 Now Olivina Men ginger citrus lip balm Olive oil and cocoa butter come together to nourish and hydrate your lips. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "The Best Natural and Organic Grooming Products to Restock Your Cabinet," 8 June 2018 Also, the bakery recommends using 30 percent cocoa butter white chocolate. Ann Maloney,, "Former waitresses' 'lazy' strawberry pie wins 'Waitress the musical' contest," 1 June 2018 Now Andrieux doesn't travel without a heavy arsenal of beauty products, including grape-seed and coconut oils, along with shea and cocoa butters. Andrea Arterbery, Glamour, "For Women of Color, Hotel Shampoo Isn't Just Meh—It's Literally Unusable," 16 May 2018 Her milk chocolate adds only cocoa butter and milk powder. Carlos Frías, miamiherald, "Cuban coffee, cigars and chocolate? Little Havana opens a new chocolate factory | Miami Herald," 15 May 2018 Extra virgin olive oil would replace the traditional cocoa butter — the fat found in cocoa beans — in the finished chocolate. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Thomas Keller thinks he perfected chocolate by adding this unusual ingredient | The Sacramento Bee," 6 May 2018

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1868, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of cocoa butter

: a pale fat made from cocoa beans that is used in making chocolate and in various products (such as soaps and skin lotions)

cocoa butter

variants: or cacao butter

Medical Definition of cocoa butter 

: a pale vegetable fat obtained from cacao beans that is used in the manufacture of chocolate candy, in cosmetics as an emollient, and in pharmacy for making suppositories

called also theobroma oil

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