Cacao Nibs, Roasted
These are simply the cleaned, roasted, winnowed and lightly crushed cacao beans. Their taste is nicely bittersweet, and they have the crunchy, toasty flavor of roasted nuts. Fans of dark chocolate will love these nibs, which are richer and more intense than the chocolate made from them. Add to all sorts of baked goods and desserts: brownies, cookies, truffles, cakes, tarts, ice cream, whipped pie toppings. Even more fun to play with in savory sauces, moles, chilli, and salads.
We source these nibs from a company whose quality is unsurpassed in the United States. Their goal is to "make the richest, most flavorful chocolate from the purest and best cacao in the world." They adhere to the same principles we strive to follow - do things in small batches, be highly involved with the product so that you are always aware of its quality level, and keep things as fresh and consistently high quality as possible.
First, cacao beans are brought in from a variety of locations in the world, always searching out the highest quality beans, properly fermented. The beans then go through a cleaner, then a roaster where heated air gently toasts them at just the right temperature. The winnower machine crushes the beans a bit and removes their thin shells. The results are known as cacao nibs. These would eventually be turned into cocoa powder and chocolate of the finest quality. We take the nibs from this point in the process. The company who sells them to us has this to say about it: "The idea for packaging and selling nibs was to expose people to cacao as a real food, to establish a connection between the plant and the finished chocolate product, to encourage experimentation with flavors." That's a philosophy we can get behind.