What is Raw Cacao Butter? Sunfood Cacao Butter is the only raw, certified organic, chemical-free cocoa butter. Cacao butter is literally the pure oil of the cacao bean, which comes directly from the cacao tree, and is what white chocolate is made of.
Sunfood's 100% Arriba Nacional Fino de Aroma cacao comes directly from a farm in Ecuador that we work closely with regarding quality and high standards. Sunfood Cacao Butter is created through a specially created low temperature method that ensures that vital enzymes and nutrients remain intact; maintaining nature’s original healing intent of this “Food of the Gods”. This first-rate process begins by grinding Sunfood Cacao Nibs into a "paste" so that the oil begins to separate from the protein and fiber. The temperature is never allowed to exceed (or even reach) 120 degrees Fahrenheit and is usually 104 degrees Fahrenheit (most other cocoa butters are exposed to temperatures as high as 300 degrees Fahrenheit!). A high-accuracy thermometer is used throughout processing. The paste is then poured into a press which squeezes out the oil. Slowly, the pure, liquid delicious cacao butter drips into a separate container where it is allowed to cool and is then packaged lovingly for shipment.
It takes approximately 2-1/2 to 3 pounds of raw cacao nibs/beans to create one pound of raw Cacao Butter. Directly from the cacao farms, to the packaging facility, to the workers and to you, we have done everything possible to ensure that super-high quality and integrity comes through in our finished food products.