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lidiab Aug 14, 2006 05:26 PM

Im test driving a recipe this weekend for a dinner party, and one of the ingredients is cacao nibs. Can anyone tell me where i can find them, preferrably in the downtown core. thanks

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    cookbook Aug 14, 2006 05:30 PM

    Try Soma in the Distillery District- they buy nibs for their own chocolate making purposes. Also- JS Bon Bons might be able to point you in the right direction- she has two shops- one on Queen West and the other on Dupont and Bathurst.

    1. chaddict Aug 14, 2006 05:35 PM

      You can order them online at Scharffenberger but I don't know if they will arrive on time.

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

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        h2o Aug 14, 2006 06:19 PM

        Someone sells them at the Dufferin Grove Farmer's Market on Thursdays (best price I've seen). I've also bought them at an organic store on Queen St. Organic Boutique? around Queen and Ossington.

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          pinstripeprincess Aug 15, 2006 11:40 AM

          i can't remember the guy's name, but at dufferin grove you might also be getting them solar roasted which i think is pretty cool.

          i've seen them at the big carrot on the danforth but can't remember a price, sorry.

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            Mila Aug 16, 2006 04:40 PM

            I got them last night at Big Carrot for $13.79 for 227 grams. I was going to put them in ice cream but lacking any sweetness factor I don't know if that will work. Any other ideas?

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          j2brady Aug 15, 2006 11:23 AM

          It sounds like an interesting recipe...mind sharing?

          Jenna

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          1. re: j2brady
            The Chowhound Team Aug 15, 2006 11:40 AM

            Forgive the interruption, please. Just a note that recipes should be posted on the Home Cooking board. Our home cooks will all be interested, and many will be unlikely to see it here. You can always refer to this topic, or link to it. Thanks for helping us keep things organized for the benefit of all.

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            lidiab Aug 15, 2006 12:32 PM

            Its actually a recipe I got from the home cooking board, burnt orange caramel icecream...here is the link

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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              pâté chinois Aug 15, 2006 05:40 PM

              The Big Carrot, on the Danforth, has cacao nibs - the store is a bit of a mess at the moment, due to renovations, but the staff will help if you ask. The recipe is very interesting...

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                ssainani Aug 15, 2006 11:29 PM

                what exactly is a cocao nib

                and can you much on them?

                a coworker is a chocolate nut and i'd buy some

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                  Jefferson Aug 17, 2006 05:26 AM

                  Cacao nibs are an intermediate product in the making of chocolate: they are the interior of the cocoa bean after it has been roasted. By themselves nibs are not at all sweet and have a bitter/alkaline edge to them. Chocolate makers grind the nibs into the well known "cocoa mass" or "chocolate liquor," which then is subjected to pure magic and becomes delicious chocolate.

                2. Lazar Aug 18, 2006 11:47 AM

                  I know this may not be the place to post this, but whenever I make chocolate chip cookies, I also add cocao nibs to add a bit of crunch (sometimes I add macadamia or hazelnuts as well as the nibs).

                  I find that the nibs not only give it a crunch, but a little bit of bite similar to when I eat really dark chocolate.

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