What Is the Difference Between Coconut Cream Concentrate & Coconut Butter?

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What Is the Difference Between Coconut Cream Concentrate & Coconut Butter?
The humble coconut has a surprising number of uses. (coconut image by Ivonne Wierink from Fotolia.com)

Many products made from coconut are springing up in grocery stores and drugstores, so many that the distinctions between them can be confusing. Coconut cream concentrate and coconut butter are two distinct coconut-based products.

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Coconut cream concentrate refers to one processed form of coconut cream. Coconut cream is the emulsion extracted from the meat or flesh of the coconut. Coconut cream concentrate is made by removing all coconut water from coconut cream.

Coconut butter, more commonly known as coconut oil, is oil extracted from the dried inner flesh of coconuts.

While coconut cream concentrate is simply a concentrated form of coconut meat, coconut butter or oil is the vegetable oil extracted from coconuts.


Coconut cream concentrate can be used the way coconut milk is in cooking and baking. Coconut milk is actually coconut cream that has been diluted, so to use coconut cream, you might either dilute it or use a little less.

Coconut oil is often used as a cooking oil, in place of other vegetable oils. It can also be used as a moisturiser to soften the face and hands, and is an ingredient in some brands of soap.


Although coconut oil sometimes goes by the name of coconut butter, it is not related to butter products. Some people also confuse it with cocoa butter, a key ingredient in making chocolate.

Coconut cream concentrate, likewise, is not related to double cream or dairy products, although it does have a creamy flavour. Like cream, it is high in saturated fat and can sometimes be used in similar ways, but it does not have the same properties.

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