This is more of a theoretical question. But assuming I have the following ingredients

  • Cocoa powder / Cocoa Mass (containing no cocoa butter or trace amounts of it)
  • Sugar
  • Shea Butter

I've been reading that CBEs like Shea Butter can be used for replacing Cocoa Butter while making chocolate[1]. However most resources say it requires tempering.

  1. How can I temper shea butter in chocolate?
  2. What is the right ratio to use shea butter if I were to make pure shea butter based chocolate?

[1] https://web.archive.org/web/20190107151600/https://knowledge.ulprospector.com/1085/fbn-cocoa-butter-alternatives-chocolate/

1 Answer 1


Interesting question, but for practical purposes, I think it is a dead end.

If you want something resembling a Lindt chocolate bar, you cannot make it at home. You just don't have the machinery needed to create the needed particle size of the starchy phase. There is by the way no "cocoa mass containing no cocoa butter or trace amounts of it", the best you can get is strongly defattted cocoa powder at about 5% cocoa butter, and that is already so dry that you couldn't have it behave as "cocoa mass", you can only get is as powder. And this powder particle's sizes are several orders of magnitude larger than those needed for a chocolate bar. You need a tightly controlled industrial process with specialized machines to make the bar from that point. Even if there are manufacturers who have managed to engineer a similar process with shea butter as a substitute, you can't replicate it in your kitchen.

If you want something else instead of a smooth bar, the best you can get will be some liquidish product, maybe a ganache or a hot chocolate replacement. There you don't need tempering, because you dissolve the whole thing and emulsify the fat, it is no longer sitting around in crystalized form.

  • 1
    I already have a melanger. Which I use to refine the cocoa solids and I can already create the smooth bars using cocoa mass and cocoa butter. Can you reconsider your reply, with this knowledge at hand, that's the reason why I specifically asked for shea butter tempering (if possible)
    – zetaprime
    Commented Jan 8, 2019 at 14:59
  • 1
    I'm repurposing an indian spice grinder, also known as wet grinder.
    – zetaprime
    Commented Jan 8, 2019 at 15:17
  • 1
    @rumtscho Yes I just start with melted cocoa butter, topping it up with roasted nibs and finally sugar when it all seems to be combined. After grinding for 24 to 36 hours, I get a very fine “melted” chocolate. And what’s left is just tempering ;)
    – zetaprime
    Commented Jan 9, 2019 at 8:02
  • 1
    @zetaprime 24-36 hours! That's some serious grindage. Do you happen to know the grit size of your device? What's it made of? Commented Jan 9, 2019 at 18:56
  • 2
    It creates particles less than 20 microns in size. It’s made of granite.
    – zetaprime
    Commented Jan 9, 2019 at 19:38

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.