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Nov 7, 2003 10:12 AM

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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    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

            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.


              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.


                  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.