- by Edward J. Crain
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Check Out Cocoa Butter Bunnies
Spring is here and it’s time to celebrate everything that is cute and colorful. These cute little rabbits with cocoa butter are perfect to share with family and friends during spring break. They make great Easter treats, party gifts or hostess gifts. We used a chocolate mold to give our rabbits a classic shape, but you can easily customize this recipe by making molds in the form of flowers, birds or whatever you want.
The recipe of our cocoa butter rabbits starts with a large portion of pure cocoa butter. Cocoa butter has a naturally delicious aroma, reminiscent of the Easter Bunny’s favorite delicacy, chocolate. We added a small spoonful of coconut oil to the mixture so that the bars quickly become soft and easily spread. If you prefer a harder bar that melts less easily, just leave the coconut oil out of the recipe. This change will be especially useful for those who live in warm climates or for craftsmen who ship their products to distant places.
With pearlescent, we can give our cocoa butter rabbits a variety of soft pastel colors. However, the use of dyes is completely optional, since even “naked” rabbits are beautiful. Without mica, cocoa butter rabbits come in a light yellow or cream color, very similar to white chocolate.
We decided to bring the natural aroma of cocoa butter to the forefront with this recipe, but if you prefer a stronger or different fragrance, try adding up to 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of your essential oil or fragrance oil. Remember that cocoa butter has a fairly strong aroma and is likely to be present in the final product. Be sure to choose an aromatic ingredient that complements the chocolaty smell of pure cocoa butter.
Or, if you want to take your rabbits with cocoa butter in a completely different direction, try using our deodorized cocoa butter instead. Deodorized cocoa butter has little or no characteristic aroma, making it the ideal ingredient to combine with any fragrance.
While we have created this recipe with lotion bars in mind, you can absolutely use cocoa butter rabbit as bath fondants. Try to drop one or two in the bath to provide a moisturizing treatment for the whole body. You can even add one or two tablespoons of oatmeal or sea salt to the recipe to make them even more suitable for the bath.
RABBIT BUTTER COCOA
Gives about twelve 1/2 ounce lotion bars
5 Ounces Cocoa Butter
1 Ounce Coconut Oil
1/4 Teaspoon Mica * (Optional)
* We used: Amber, Lavender, Pink Glow, Avocado, Green Blue Two-tone
Mix cocoa butter and coconut oil in a water bath and heat until completely melted.
The mixture can be added directly to the molds if the dye is omitted. If you use a dye, allow the mixture to cool for 5 to 10 minutes before adding mica. Mix well, then pour into molds. Immediately put the molds in the refrigerator or freezer.
Allow the rabbits to cool until completely cured (about 30 minutes) before removing them from the pan.
Use and packaging
Rabbits should be stored in a cool place to avoid melting. We packed ours in small cellophane bags. They would also look good in glasses.
To use them as lotion bars, simply rub the bars on your skin. Rabbits instantly melt and leave the skin covered with moisturizing oil for the body.
To melt the bath, place the rabbits in the warm water of the bath. The rabbits melt in the warm water and act as bath oil.