125g of pure single origin Menakao cocoa nibs, grown and produced in Madagascar.
Once farmers have harvested, fermented and dried the beans, they are taken to the Menakao workshop. At Menakao, the best beans are hand-selected and roasted then the cocoa beans are cracked into crunchy nib pieces ready to be eaten. Cocoa nibs are the raw ingredient of chocolate: they haven’t been ground and mixed with sugar yet. The nibs have a recognisable chocolatey aroma but aren’t sweet at all and have a natural bitterness.
Menakao have managed to coax out an intense, sharp and fruity citrus flavour in these cocoa nibs. The smell alone is reminiscent of orange and cranberries. For those who’ve tried Menakao’s chocolate, the flavour profile will be familiar. But but as the cocoa nibs are not ground or conched, the flavour has a raw, unprocessed intensity.
Cocoa nibs generally have a unique texture, crunchy yet a little tender, somewhat similar to macadamia nuts. For those who have tried 90-100% cocoa content chocolate and found it far too bitter for them, nibs are a little different. Though still intense and a touch bitter the cocoa nibs are milder, with an almost savoury quality.
Not only does this super food taste amazing, they are extremely good for you. Cocoa nibs naturally contain large amounts of potassium, magnesium and fibre. Cocoa beans are considered one of the best dietary sources of magnesium, with 272 milligrams per 100 grams. They also have an average of 9 grams of fibre per ounce.
They can be used as a replacement for nuts and make a great addition to most breakfasts, salads, muffins, pastries, ice cream and even chocolate. Simply sprinkle them on top for an added fruity crunch. Incorporate them in dishes like you would with fresh or dried fruit. Sweet or savoury, the Menakao cocoa nibs are diverse enough to be used in most dishes. Or just have them as they are.
For anyone who love Madagascan chocolate, cocoa nibs are a great way to uncover this origin in its purest form.