ROSE’S heavenly CAKES: Chocolate Ingots (page 313) uses cacao nibs. i’ve been working with local cacao growers for a while, but never paid attention to nibs. nibs are the first product available from the cacao farm.
nibs is pure cacao seed, prior grinding into fine paste to make chocolate! nibs are as close as one can get to the farm. nibs hasn’t gone thru the delicate and complex process of been turned into chocolate bars, yet. nibs are very chocolatey and have a nice scent. nibs are almost as chocolatey as eating pure cocoa powder, except nibs have a crunchy nutty texture. nibs are slightly bitter, just slightly, i actually like to define this as a chocolate lacking sweetness.
caramelized nibs are wonderful! you don’t add a whole lot of sugar to it, actually.
eat caramelized nibs as snacks, grind them, blend them, bake them, or store them in airtight jars for indefinite use! nibs have a very long shelf life.