Theobroma oil

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A yellowish-white solid with a chocolate odor and taste. Theobroma oil is extracted from roasted cacao beans (Theobroma cacao). It primarily contains glycerides of stearic, palmitic, oleic, arachidic, and linoleic acids. Theobroma oil is used in the manufacture of chocolates and soaps.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Theobroma cacao; cacao butter; cocoa butter; aceite de teobroma (Esp.); burro di cacao (It)


  • Combustible.
  • Humco: SDS

Physical and Chemical Properties

  • Soluble in hot ethanol, ether and chloroform. Insoluble in water.
  • Saponification no. = 188-195
  • Iodine no. = 35-43.
Melting Point 30-35 C
Density 0.858-0.864 g/ml
Refractive Index 1.4537-1.4585

Resources and Citations

  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983 Comment: entry 9417
  • CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, Robert Weast (ed.), CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, v. 61, 1980 Comment: cocoa butter: density=0.89-0.91; melting point = 34.1; iodine value=36.5; saponification value = 193.8; refractive index=01.4568