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Well, I kinda know what nibs are (what they grind up and mix with sugar, or milk, or whatever to make what we commonly know as chocolate, right?). But I don't really get the concept of eating them.

So, I bought a chocolate bar (dark, of course) with nibs on it at Naked Chocolate Cafe here in Philly. I expected it to have an intense chocolate flavor, like how coffee beans have a strong coffee flavor. But I was surprised to find that they had very little distinctive flavor at all.

At first I thought they tasted like dark chocolate. Then I realized that the chocolate they were sitting on probably caused that flavor in my mouth. :) Then I melted the chocolate away from the nibs in while eating it, and then chewed up the nibs. When I did that, they had a familiar bitter flavor. It reminded me of maybe a bitter walnut or something along those lines. Is that what they're supposed to be like? How would you describe them?

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Comment by Barbara Forshay on April 26, 2010 at 10:34pm
I bought some too and do not enjoy them. I see Brian says you can make chocolate out them. I wonder how one does that. I will have to read more on here to see if I can determine that or maybe Brian knows?
Comment by Dee on April 22, 2010 at 5:34pm
Thanks!!!
Comment by ChocoFiles on April 19, 2010 at 10:18am
Hi Dee,
I really appreciate your enthusiasm and passion for discovery! If you have a Whole Foods store near you then you can buy a container of just nibs. This will allow you to taste the pure nibs, for a certain type of cacao (although it's not listed on the container). You can also eat them with cereal, ice cream, or anything that you'd like a crunchy topping with. I've found nibs to be very different from chocolate bars, and I don't really like them all that much, but they're more healthy since they don't have any sugar.

Please keep let us know about your tasting adventures.

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