What are cacao nibs?Cocoa nibs are small pieces - i.e. crushed cocoa beans - that have a slightly bitter, chocolatey taste. There are roasted and unroasted nibs, the latter is commonly referred to as raw. Whether raw or roasted: Cocoa nibs are processed cocoa beans. After harvesting, the latter are dried, fermented and finally chopped into small, dark pieces – nibs.
The taste and aroma of the cacao nibs are highly dependent on the variety, the fermentation process and the roasting profile of the cacao beans. There are different types of cocoa beans - you can find out more about this in our article about cocoa beans. They develop different aromas depending on their origin and type of cultivation. The second key to taste is the way it is fermented. After all, the taste of the nibs can be influenced during roasting – or simply by omitting it. Raw cacao bean nibs often have a more fruity flavor. Roasted nibs, on the other hand, tend to have light roasted notes and a strong chocolaty taste.
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What can you do with nibs?Fans of (pretty) dark chocolate quickly get a taste for nibs too. Not only are they rich in chocolate, they are also super tasty and healthy . Milk chocolate lovers, on the other hand, might have their problems with the nibs. But there is a remedy here too: our caramelized cocoa nibs are nice and mild, a little sweet and not bitter at all. These are wonderful as a snack between meals, in muesli or as a topping for yoghurt or porridge. But that's only mentioned in passing. Of course, the same applies to natural nibs, such as our roasted nibs in the shop . These can also be integrated into different morning dishes such as porridge, muesli and the like.
Bake to the roots
Incidentally, nibs can also be used wonderfully for cooking. For example, we use them regularly in banana bread or in dark chocolate cookies. Especially its crunch but also its slightly bitter note are a great addition. If you like it healthier, you can also make Energy Balls or Bliss Balls with the cocoa nibs . You can also make an excellent cocoa brew from the nibs, supplemented with a few cocoa shells.
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From Nibs to Bar
Of course, you can also use the nibs to do the obvious: chocolate. Admittedly, this chocolate might not be like you're used to. Ground with a stone mill, a homemade chocolate can be an exciting alternative to the chocolate from the supermarket shelf. And another advantage: you know exactly what's inside. No additives, no plasticizers and no vegetable fats. The homemade bars only contain what belongs inside: cocoa beans and (cane) sugar.