Cocoa Nibs are pure, unadulterated cocoa flavour. They're the end product of cocoa production - cocoa beans are firstly dried and then fermented. After this fermentation, they're cracked open to release the cocoa nibs. The nibs are as unprocessed as they come - theres no sugar or dairy to balance the earthy, bitter yet incredibly fruity flavours as there would be in chocolate. However, Cocoa Nibs can help to bring out the more chocolatey flavours of ingredients they're paired with. They're also lauded over for their health benefits as they are packed to the brim with minerals, antioxidents, fibre, protein and healthy fats. A healthier kind of chocolate - of course, one without any sugar whatsoever.
Try crushing them into a powder and infusing with into caramel or freshly dipped confectionary for a deep cocoa hit. They'd also be delicious in a nut bar or as an addition to cereal or a breakfast smoothie!
Originally established as a brewery in Belgium, Callebaut began producing chocolate in 1911 and soon after switched entirely to chocolate production. What originally began as a small family business has since turned into an international powerhouse in chocolate production, with a commitment to sustainability which is manifested through the reinvestment of a portion of profits in sustainable cocoa farming and community programs throughout West African cocoa-growing communities.