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    ...gritty bitter ass!

    I bought a bag of Navitas, isn't that a good brand?
    I'm kind of at a loss as to what to do with them... thinking of trying a coffee/cocoa rub on some rib-eye
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    ....like Victory
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    • #3
      The sources do cause tastes to differ, but yes-- they will always have a 'coffee bean' bitterness. Cacao beans (like vanilla beans) are not sweet in nature! I LOVE the ones I get in the bulk section at my Whole Foods... BUT the whole-bean variety (while more fun!) I get there isn't as delicious, and the cacao nibs I get at the little local store are decidedly less 'chocolatey.'

      They are one of my favorite snacks! But this is from a being who happily snacks on baker's chocolate (not to join the my-chocolate-is-darker-than-thou's bandwagon :P) Try putting them in a trail mix with toasted chopped almonds and cashews, coconut flakes, cracked coffee beans, and cinnamon. They're delightful sprinkled over strawberries or topping yogurt with some coconut butter.

      ...I love cocoa nibs!
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      • #4
        I love them!! This is my favorite way to eat them: Primal Kitchen: A Family Grokumentary: Strawberries with Mascarpone and Cacao Nibs (found it off DessertStalker)
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        • #5
          I love the Occumare & Accra nibs from Amano. I can eat them without anything else. Taste like chocolate without sugar (CUZ IT IS!)
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          • #6
            Send them this way! I love them
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            • #7
              Originally posted by ottercat View Post
              ...gritty bitter ass!

              I bought a bag of Navitas, isn't that a good brand?
              I'm kind of at a loss as to what to do with them... thinking of trying a coffee/cocoa rub on some rib-eye
              I have a bag of same, and in some things they are okay, but I agree they have something of the "acquired taste" about them.
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              • #8
                If 99% - 100% dark chocolate isn't delicious to you, chances are cacao nibs won't be up your alley either!
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                • #9
                  Yeah, beans/nibs are a hard taste for many. I avoid nibs, but that's because I like to get the beans, roast them and eat them myself. I've purchased some expensive brands, but the best I've picked up were in a torn little plastic bag, imported from El Salvador, and purchased in San Francisco's Mission district.

                  Chocolatey, coffee like, peanut-esque flavor, with a little touch of chalky bitterness.

                  I don't think something that is about $1500 per metric ton should really be more than $3-5 a pound. Buy it from a latino store, those beans all come from the same places.
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                  • #10
                    The first bite tastes kind of pleasantly chocolatey and bitter, but then I think my tongue gets used to it and they just taste nasty. I like the texture, kind of like mac nuts, but there tends to be little bits of shell or something in them...

                    Ooh, just remembered that I was going to try the cocoa/coffee rub and I have ribeyes! yesssssss
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                    • #11
                      I've added cacao nibs to salad before. They seem to go well sprinkled over leafy greens like rocket. You could also try adding them to chilli!
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                      • #12
                        I mixed some into Greek yogurt with a pinch of palm sugar and that was pretty yummy.......... then I added some ground nibs to Bobby Flay's Coffee Rub and it was unreal!! Highly recommend!
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                        • #13
                          I have always eaten them usually combined in a trail mix......loved them with goji berries or dried cranberries in the mix.

                          Will have to try the coffee rub steaks though!
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Meadow View Post
                            I have always eaten them usually combined in a trail mix......loved them with goji berries or dried cranberries in the mix.
                            when I had a bag of cacao nibs a few weeks ago, I was mixing them together with golden raisins (which are so much more delicious than black ones for some reason), nuts, and shredded coconut. Very yummy! Even the toddler was chowing down.
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                            • #15
                              I think I'll try them in my next batch of cocoa and coconut balls.
                              Ok, cacao nibs, maybe you do taste like victory!
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