This is raw, organic chocolate! There's hope for chocoholics everywhere - you can turn cravings for cooked chocolate into super-nutrition! All chocolate is made from the cacao bean. The raw cacao bean is one of nature's most fantastic superfoods due to its wide array of unique properties.
These raw cocoa nibs are made from Hispaniola cocoa beans. Sourced from the Dominican Republic and grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides, or chemicals, these beans are fermented right at the farms where they're grown. Fermentation not only alters the raw beans' colour and improves their digestibility, it also removes some of the bitterness of their flavour and produces a more chocolaty taste.
Cacao nibs can be used like chocolate chips (although they're firmer and don't melt at the same temperature as conventional processed chips do). Whether in baked goods or hot drinks (which might remove some of their most beneficial antioxidant properties of its constituent flavonoids); blended into ice creams or smoothies; added to granola or a trail mix; or sprinkled on as a topping to desserts.
Beans are fermented in wooden containers, when they are still surrounded by the fruit pulp of the cocoa pod, which supplies the yeast, sugar and pulp to be transformed into alcohol and CO2 when they are warmed.