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    How is saturated fat added to cocoa chips?

    Just got these cocoa chips and cocoa powder:

    https://www.amazon.com/Healthworks-C...ds=cocoa+chips

    https://www.amazon.com/Healthworks-C...%2Bpowder&th=1

    The only ingredients in both are raw organic cocoa powder. Yet the chips have 3.5 times the saturated fat.
    I assume it's in the way it's processed to get it to clump together, but wouldn't there be added ingredients?

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    I don't think anything is added to nibs because they aren't powder that's clumped together. They're just crushed cocoa beans.

    I don't know much about cocoa processing, but maybe fat is extracted somehow in the powder to keep it from clumping together.

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    ^ Oh, I wasn't thinking about it as being extracted. That makes sense. They must not extract all the cocoa butter.

    It seems like the ingredients should include cocoa butter, but I'm not sure technically how each is defined. Not a big deal, I was just curious.

    Here's some more info - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocoa_solids

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    I ran a nib roaster at a cocoa processing facility. A nib is just a broken up cocoa bean with the shell removed. They are generally 50% fat (at least the varieties I roasted) so while cocoa butter isn't added it is naturally in the nib. To make the powder we ground the nib into a liquid (possible with some heat used to melt the naturally occurring cocoa butter) and then into a press which would use pressure to extract the cocoa butter. Again commenting based on what we used, the press would get the powder down to about 11% fat. I've never made this particular product but assume its close to the same process.

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