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How To Make Colored Cocoa Butter

 You can have a handful of beautiful colors to add to your cocoa butter product as you will not only save money by making your own colored cocoa butter from scratch, but it’s a good way to make use of a lotion base that’s been in your cupboard for a while. Continue reading as you will find all you need to know on how to make colored cocoa butter.

To make colored cocoa butter, start by melting plain cocoa butter in a microwave or over a hot pan. Add s small drops of oil-based food coloring and flavor such as vanilla, cool and mold your cocoa butter before using. It’s better you use oil-based food coloring as it does not stain your hands and can be wiped off easily and quickly.

You can also make colored cocoa butter with natural ingredients like berries, fruits, nuts, or spices (e.g., turmeric or cinnamon) or artificial ingredients like food coloring or dyes made for coloring agents. Mix cocoa butter with any of these ingredients to create specific colors.

If you are not having success getting a consistent color, try making your butter with regular vanilla instead of vanilla flavoring. If you are not having success, try skipping the tempering process. Tempering can be time-consuming and tricky to master, so trying a temperingless method is always an option.

How to make colored cocoa butter

Materials needed to make colored cocoa butter

You need colorants as you can do it by a natural or chemical process. It is significant to examine the method of getting colors when you want to produce flavored and colored cocoa butter.

 Cocoa butter{Deodorized/Natural} 

Deodorized cocoa butter has a light chocolate scent with a melting point of 38-40 degrees Celsius. It is a natural fatting agent used in foods and cosmetic creams, most often combined with coconut oil. It has been treated to remove traces of chocolate odor from the beans after harvesting but retains its natural moisturizing properties.

Natural Cocoa Butter is an edible vegetable fat extracted from the cocoa bean. Although cocoa butter has a mild chocolate taste, it contains no dairy and is not related to products such as cocoa powder or chocolate syrup. It is commonly used in cosmetics and soaps and is sometimes applied directly to the skin. It melts at body temperature, so the skin can easily absorb it without feeling greasy.

These natural oils penetrate deep into your skin, directly into the underlying layers of your skin; they help maintain healthy cell production, boost immunity strength, and balance hydration.

Food colourant{Oil based/ Fat soluble}

Food coloring comes in either water-based or oil-based. The oil-based food coloring has a higher concentration of pigments, so only small amounts are needed to get bright results. It is good for frostings, icings, ganaches, glazes, and chocolate. The pigments of the oil-based food coloring dissolve in the fats instead of water. This way, oil-based food coloring can always be used without mixing it with any other ingredients that might react to it. Suppose you do not want the colors of the food coloring to fade away while baking; it is recommended that you use paste or gel versions instead of liquid.

Fat-soluble food coloring is extracted from plants and contains no artificial ingredients. It does not mix with water and can only be used for coloring foods that require fat for preparation. Care should be taken as the dyes may stain any surface upon contact. The dyes are highly concentrated and should be used as directed.


The flavor of vanilla is derived from vanillin, and it has applications in butter, ice cream, baked goods, perfume, and movie theater popcorn. Natural vanilla flavor also has applications in aromatherapy. For many people, the scent of vanilla evokes memories of the past.

Equipment needed to make colored cocoa butter

 colored cocoa butter

An immersion blender is a hand-held, electric kitchen device used for blending liquids or semi-liquids. Immersion blenders are generally used in cooking or food preparation to blend ingredients in a container rather than combining them with a mixer.


A strainer is a device used to remove solid particles from liquid. A strainer may be placed on top of a container, or it may sit over the edge of the container, supported by a frame or stand. This will help you make a mixture without particles.

Digital scale

A digital scale is a precision instrument for measuring and counting the weight of an object. You can use it to take proper measurements of the respective ingredients you are using.

Plastic container

You will need a plastic container to mix your colorant and butter. The container should be tall to prevent spillage.

How to make colored cocoa butter

colored cocoa butterIngredients- 100-gram cocoa butter and 10 grams of fat-soluble colorant


1. Melt the cocoa butter slowly over low heat, making sure that the temperature stays below 100 degrees F. Due to its high-fat content, cocoa butter can burn quickly when not heated carefully.

2. Stir occasionally with a wooden spoon until the butter is melted completely.

3. Pour the colorant and flavor into the melted butter and stir very well to combine the colorant, flavor, and melted butter.

4. Transfer to an immersion blender to be able to emulsify the content; this will give it a well-blended result.

5. Filter the mixture in a separate sieve in another to remove any residual particles.

6. Allow it to cool and sit for up to 12 hours for better results.

7. At the point of use, tamper the cocoa butter, and you won’t have any set back using it.

Tamper cocoa butter to make it harder and even more moisturizing by mixing cocoa butter with other oils such as almond oil, rosehip seed oil, or jojoba oil. Mixing the cocoa butter with other oils gives it a better consistency, allowing for even skin diffusion.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you colour cocoa butter?

You can color cocoa butter easily with natural food colorings. The most common natural colors used in the chocolate making are annatto and turmeric powders.

Can you put food Colouring in melted chocolate?

You can put food coloring in melted chocolate as long as you leave it to work for a few hours, as the dye will soak into the solid-state chocolate, and the color will be much nicer. Food Colourings are safe for cooking at normal temperatures or when mixed with water or other liquids. They are not safe to use in their solid form (for example, sprinkling your cupcakes with food coloring).

What color is cocoa butter?

Cocoa butter is a brown (or dark yellow) solid fat extracted from cocoa beans. While similar to regular vegetable oils, it is not an oil at all. It’s actually fat that’s solid at room temperatures like butter and lard.

Does cocoa butter darken skin?

Chances are, yes. Most cocoa butter contains naturally occurring fatty acids, including stearic acid. Stearic acid is usually the predominant fatty acid in cocoa butter. It can cause gradual darkening of the skin when exposed to UV light.

Which is healthier coconut oil or cocoa butter?

Coconut oil is one of the best oil you can use in cooking, and it also has many beauty benefits. Coconut oil contains lauric, caprylic acid, and myristic acid, which are healthy medium-chain fats that help improve skin texture and elasticity. It also helps to fight acne and balance skin oils. Both Cocoa Butter and Coconut Oil contain a high level of antioxidants that help to remove toxins from the skin.

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Cocoa butter is considered one of the most valuable natural vegetable fat which has been used in foods and cosmetics for centuries. It is obtained from cocoa beans through processing. Cocoa Butter is the fat content of the cacao seeds found in the cocoa plant’s nut. The seeds are either cold or mechanically extracted for making edible cocoa, chocolate, or cocoa butter. You can be creative with the tip above on how to make colored cocoa butter and make something different and colorful.

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Homemade Cocoa Butter Recipe

Cocoa Butter is a great substance with wondrous uses.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Seasoning
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Homemade Cocoa Butter Recipe
Servings: 2
Calories: 9kcal


  • 1 Blender
  • 1 freezer


  • 1 butter
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
  • vanilla extract


  • The ingredients are combined in a food processor, then formed into a log on wax paper, sealed, and chilled.



Calories: 9kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 0.5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.04g | Vitamin A: 12IU | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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