Cocoa butter, because of its relatively simple compositiom, is polymorphic. Chocolate processing is strongly linked to the crystallization and polymorphic behaviour of the fat phase. Before chocolate can be satisfactorily processed from liquid to solid, it must be tempered. This is a technique of controlled crystallization which is necessary to induce the most stable solid form of cocoa butter in the finished product.
KeywordsCrystallization Glycerol Hexagonal Recrystallization Triglyceride
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