...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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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!
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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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.
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