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what to do with cocoa nibs

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I recently took a tour of the ScharffenBerger chocolate factory and came away clutching a package of cocoa nibs (not to mention a hefty supply of chocolate.) I thought I knew all the ways possible to incorporate more chocolate into my life, but cocoa nibs were a happy new find.

I would love to know if anyone has any creative uses for these - I'm leaning more towards savory dishes, but certainly won't pass on good dessert ideas. So far (while munching on a handful straight out of the bag) I've considered sprinkling them over pasta in a chipotle cream sauce, maybe with grilled chicken and a fairly assertive green tossed in. The folks at the factory mentioned marinades and dry rubs for pork and chicken - has anyone tried this?

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  1. http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/show_...

    Here's a link to a show that Michael Chiarello did recently. He used them in a salad.

    1. There are some recipes for them in "Bittersweet" by Alice Medrich. I have not made any of them, but they include savory items.

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      1. re: wally

        Seared Long Island Duck w/ Orange-Cocoa Nib Crust & Bing Cherries

      2. At Blue Hill, they're utilized to give texture to a foie gras dish (in limited quantities, of course).

        1. I've been trying to find a source for cocoa nibs or even cocoa beans. Does anyone know where I might be able to find them via mail order in the US?

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          1. re: Raconteur

            Scharffenberger makes them. I found them in my local Whole Foods Market but I'm not sure they're regularly stocked. You can get them on line from chocosphere.com

            1. re: Raconteur

              I found roasted whole cocoa beans in a local Mexican market. Never got a good answer as to what to do with them, though, and then lost them to a mouse infestation.

              You can get the nibs direct from ScharffenBerger.

              Link: http://www.scharffenberger.com/produc...

              1. re: Raconteur

                saw them recently at sur la table(I forget the brand)

                1. re: Raconteur

                  try the link below. el rey is a great source for chocolate and cocoa nibs. their prices are much better than scharffen berger.

                  Link: http://www.elreychocolate.com

                  1. re: Raconteur

                    Yes! Theo Chocoate Factory in Seattle, WA. They are the FIRST fair-trade and organic makers of chocolate bars, nibs and confections.


                      1. Nibs are a fabulous additon to banana bread.

                        1. Sadly SB only sells the Nibs now by huge boxes... no longer in the Tubes. :(


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                          1. re: Dommy

                            cocoa nibs can be found at cocoasupply.com

                            sold in 2 lb lots for $8.25 for the 2 lbs. They also have 5 lb blocks of premium dark chocolate with a 65% cocoa and cocoa butter combined content for 13.25 for the 5 lbs.

                          2. I found this recipe a long time ago but never made it - always sounded wonderful to me:

                            Chocolate Chip Cookies

                            1 stick of butter
                            1 cup of brown sugar
                            1 egg
                            1 1⁄2 tsp vanilla
                            1 1⁄2 Cup cake flour
                            1.5 tsp baking powder
                            1⁄2 tsp sea salt
                            1⁄2 tsp nutmeg
                            1⁄4 Cup cocoa nibs
                            8-9oz chocolate chips

                            365 degrees 7-8 minutes

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                            1. re: krissywats

                              My favorite chocolatier here in Portland coats them in chocolate!
                              Review & photo by Michael Stern

                              1. re: Leonardo

                                Being diabetic I buy sugar free, fat free chocolate pudding. I add 2 tablespoons of cocoa nibs while cooking, delicious and no added sugar. I use the nibs for medicinal purposes.

                            2. Add to granola, chocolate chip cookies and pancakes!

                              1. I use them in place of chewing gum or mints. Another CH thread asks how to rid yourself of garlic breath...cocoa nibs!

                                1. They make a nice crunchy addition to rice krispie treats, also a nice counter to the super-sweet marshmallows.

                                  1. I first had cocoa nibs at The Wine Bar on lark (Albany). Don't remember how they used them . . .