Cote D'Azur - Cacao Nibs
Cacao nibs are simply chocolate in its purest form, before anything else is added or altered. They are dried and fermented bits of cacao beans. The texture of is similar to that of crunchy, roasted coffee beans. They have a deep chocolate flavour which can be described as slightly bitter and nutty. Raw cacao nibs are the less processed version of chocolate with no additives, so they preserve all the nutrients of the natural cacao bean. Cacao nibs are an excellent source of antioxidants, fibre, iron and magnesium.
These crunchy cacao bits are often used to play up the chocolate flavour in sweets and other dishes. Try them with your next batch of chocolate chip cookies.