Is anyone allergic to cocoa butter or chocolate?

Jenny - posted on 03/11/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )




A couple nights ago I bought some new diaper rash cream. Its called bottom butter from Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula. I used to use it on my son when he was little and i loved the smell of it over all the other stuff. So i recently bought some for my daughter. The first time i used it she was interested in what it was (she is 16 months) so i rubbed a little on her hand so she could feel it. I rubbed it on the top of her hand. About 20 mins later i noticed what i thought was just as weird rash. The next morning thou she had hives all over her. I took her to the Dr. in case it was something else, but they confirmed it was hives and it was probably due to an allergic reaction. So clearly I put it up and didnt use it again. After using benedryl it seemed to clear up and all day today there were no hives. Tonight at dinner I gave her a bite of my brownie and within minutes of her bitting it, chewing it, and then spitting it out from not liking it, hives broke out all over her face and neck and hands where she had took it out of her mouth. It quickly spread to her body and i got the benedryl in her and gave her a bath to make sure I got it all off of her. She seems to be doing fine now, I have went in and checked on her sleeping and shes fine.

The reason I am asking this is because after researching on line all the allergy references to Cocoa are specific to chocolate and "other" ingredients that are in chocolate. Its not addressing the actuality of someone being allergic to the cocoa itself. So im wondering if anyone else has dealt with this and what you might be able to tell me. I would really appreciate it. Thank you


Jen - posted on 01/17/2011




Hi Jenny ~ I know you posted almost a year ago, but I was researching online for my daughter today and came across your entry - I may be able to help. My daughter has dermatitis, which seems to come out with exposure to pollen, strawberries and chocolate. This Christmas we let her have the Hershey's white peppermint kisses - thinking that would be fine, just white chocolate - and her breakout was ridiculous! There is no cocoa in the white chocolate, but there is cocoa butter (which is what makes it chocolate I guess). So we think she must have the rare cocoa butter allergy. We weren't sure if she also has an allergy to cocoa, so I let her have some chocolate things with just cocoa and no cocoa butter (like my homemade chocolate cake, my brownies, etc.), and sure enough, no breakout at all.

Crazy, huh? Who's ever heard of cocoa butter allergy? The good news is she can have some chocolate, like cake (as long as I read the ingredients), which is huge when you're 3 :), but the bummer is she can't have any chocolate candy or use anything with cocoa butter in it (sunblock, etc.). Anyway, hope this helps, if you hadn't found any answers yet!

Jen Webster, MA

Lesa - posted on 05/15/2016




I know this info is old but I am in search of allergy info in regards to chocolate or other ingredients in chocolate like cocoa butter or whatever. Trying to narrow it down. Interested to know if anyone has found any new info on the subject.


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Terri - posted on 05/08/2014




I don't usually comment, but I would like to clear something up if you haven't seen an allergist yet. Anyone can develop an allergy to anything at anytime. I have the rare allergy to chocolate. It is so severe I cannot eat any brand that makes chocolate products. It is not in the top 8 and therefore doesn't have to be listed as a "may contain" ingredient. Any allergist would recommend testing. It is possible. I carry benadryl and an epipen everywhere. I have been to the hospital twice. Not all allergies are that severe but she should be tested so you can be prepared for anything. Shampoo and lotion and other random items can contain it that you would never suspect. READ LABELS.

Iridescent - posted on 03/11/2010




I just learned a couple days ago that there has only been one known person with an allergy to cocoa, and that was most likely due to the fact that he was allergic to every food there is and was reacting out of more "body habit" than allergy. I would trust your doctor with the thought that she is allergic to something, and look up the other ingredients common in both items as the source.

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