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Real and pure cocoa butter is as vegan a product as it ever gets. Cocoa butter is the fat contained in cocoa beans. It is made only from cocoa beans which are the fermented seeds of the cocoa tree that grows between 20 degrees north and south of the equator.
Just to ensure that it is clear that cocoa butter is a vegan product, let me trace it from its origin on the cocoa tree:
Cocoa trees grow almost exclusively 20 degrees north and south of the Equator. Their fruit is called cocoa pods. A cocoa pod contains about 30–50 cocoa seeds surrounded by a thick layer of sweet and astringent mucilage.
When the cocoa pods are mature, they are harvested, cut open and their seeds are fermented. After 6–7 days of fermentation, the flavors that give chocolate its taste develop. The seeds are now called cocoa beans. The beans are dried so that they have around 8% moisture. They are mostly brown in color, weigh about 1 gram each and contain about 40–45% fat by weight.
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These cocoa beans are transported by the different supply chains to factories that grind them to make semi finished products that go into chocolate making. At the factories, the cocoa beans are shelled, roasted and ground to make a thick, chocolate colored paste called cocoa liquor or cocoa mass.
This cocoa liquor or cocoa mass is pressed by putting pressure on it. Under pressure, it separates into cocoa butter and cocoa cake. Cocoa cake is later milled into a fine powder, what we know as cocoa powder.
Thus, cocoa butter’s origin is entirely plant based and pure cocoa butter is a completely vegan product. In case if you are looking to buy or source cocoa butter,
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