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what to do with cocoa nibs

Montrose Nov 7, 2003 10:12 AM

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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    sad2k Nov 7, 2003 10:18 AM


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

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      wally Nov 7, 2003 11:13 AM

      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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        sad2k Nov 7, 2003 11:47 AM

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

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        cabrales Nov 7, 2003 11:31 AM

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

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          Raconteur Nov 7, 2003 11:46 AM

          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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            rjka Nov 7, 2003 12:35 PM

            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

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              Ruth Lafler Nov 7, 2003 01:39 PM

              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
                malcarne Nov 7, 2003 06:15 PM

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

                1. re: Raconteur
                  lynn Nov 7, 2003 08:25 PM

                  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
                    bumby Sep 18, 2006 07:26 PM

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


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                      krissywats Sep 19, 2006 05:25 PM

                      I've seen them at Williams Sonoma.

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                        Mightymom68 Jul 15, 2012 09:09 AM


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                        Brandon Nelson Sep 18, 2006 09:39 PM

                        Nibs are a fabulous additon to banana bread.

                        1. Dommy Sep 19, 2006 05:18 PM

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


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                            dbell Mar 28, 2007 08:14 AM

                            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. krissywats Sep 19, 2006 05:27 PM

                            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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                              Leonardo Mar 28, 2007 09:21 AM

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

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                                dbell Mar 28, 2007 10:34 AM

                                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.

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                              Mightymom68 Jul 15, 2012 09:10 AM

                              Add to granola, chocolate chip cookies and pancakes!

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                                HillJ Jul 15, 2012 09:12 AM

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

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                                  hippiechickinsing Jul 16, 2012 06:54 PM

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

                                  1. financialdistrictresident Jul 16, 2012 07:09 PM

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

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