Cocoa seeds, better known as
cocoa beans are the source of
commercial cocoa. Fermented
seeds are roasted, cracked and ground to give a powdery mass
from which fat is expressed. The three intermediate cocoa
products are cocoa liquor, cocoa butter and cocoa powder.
Cocoa butter is used in the
manufacture of chocolate. It is also widely used in cosmetic
products such as moisturizing creams and soaps.
Cocoa powder can be used as an
ingredient in almost any foodstuff. For example, it is used
in chocolate flavored drinks, chocolate flavored desserts
such as ice cream and mousse, chocolate spreads and sauces,
and cakes and biscuits. It is also used in industrial
applications like confectionaries , protein powder, etc.
Cocoa liquor is used, with
other ingredients, to produce chocolate. Chocolate is used
as a product on its own or combined with other ingredients
to form confectionery products.