One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Solidified coconut oil, used as an ingredient in cooking and by the food industry.‘place chocolate and copha in a heatproof bowl’
- ‘Melt chocolate with copha (do not burn) and pour over cake, dribbling it down the side.’
- ‘He's yelling something about not being able to find the copha, so I'd better go.’
- ‘Copha is fairly saturated and used in recipes where it is melted, combined with other ingredients and left to set.’
- ‘Coat marshmallow eggs in copha mixture, then roll in coconut.’
- ‘You can melt the copha in a microwave oven.’
- ‘Melt copha and stir in drinking chocolate.’
- ‘Pour the copha over other ingredients and stir well.’
- ‘The big white block on the chopping board is copha.’
- ‘Add glucose, melted copha (not hot) and egg white in a well in centre.’
- ‘Use copha, a solid fat derived from coconuts.’
Early 20th century: probably adapted from copra.
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