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how do I melt cacao nibs??

Commented on June 21, 2016
Created November 22, 2013 at 5:17 PM

I read that its really easy to melt them but when I've tried they got nowhere near melted :( do they actually melt?

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on June 21, 2016
at 10:06 PM

The nibs do not melt as several people have commented. The cacao powder is what I used to melt in melted butter and added Stevia powder for sweetener. Happy Trails!!

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on May 19, 2015
at 02:01 AM

Hey Jenny! I ran into the same problem as you. But these directions helped me a ton!

 

Grind 4 oz of roasted (or raw if you prefer) cacao nibs in a small, single blade coffee grinder. Pour into a bowl and set aside.
Grind 2 ounces of dry sugar crystals (coconut or cane sugar) in the same coffee grinder. Add the scraping of one vanilla bean if you like and grind with the sugar. Add to the bowl with the cacao beans.
Pour the ground cacao beans, sugar and vanilla bean into a dry blender. Start to blend on high. Let mix for a few minutes.
Meanwhile, melt about a 1/2 ounce of cacao butter over a double boiler or in the microwave (for 2 minutes on half power). Add to the blender. You will notice your chocolate becoming liquid as your blender warms up and the warm cocoa butter also begins to melt your chocolate.
Ensure that your blender is not overheating. Turn on and off if it is and try to blend for about 10 minutes in total.

 

It works in a double boiler too! It's a bit grainer than melted chocolate. 

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on November 23, 2013
at 06:49 AM

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on November 23, 2013
at 06:39 AM

no need to waste them, just eat them as they are

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on November 23, 2013
at 05:38 AM

Your money is not wasted... the nibs are still quite usable. Just seacrch for some recipes.

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on November 22, 2013
at 06:11 PM

I dont know what a double boiler is??

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on November 22, 2013
at 07:16 PM

Finely grind them and mix with some GF butter or coconut oil and some honey for a great homemade dark chocolate. Freshly ground I eat them with a spoon and some almond butter.

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on November 22, 2013
at 06:09 PM

I was afraid you were going to say that. Someone had posted that you could :( what a waste of money. @bobk

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on December 30, 2014
at 08:01 PM

If you want melty chocolate desserts you will need to buy cocoa powder.  But cocoa nibs are great, you can sprinkle them on your favorite dessert (ice cream if you do dairy), include them in your morning nut-and-dried-fruit mix (if you do that), etc.

The good news is that from a nutiritonal perspective they are almost 100% cocoa without any sugars or added ingredients and so have all of the nutritional benefits of cocoa without any drawbacks.  So figuring out a way to eat them is definitely a good idea.

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on November 23, 2013
at 05:38 AM

Your money is not wasted... the nibs are still quite usable. Just seacrch for some recipes.

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on November 23, 2013
at 06:39 AM

no need to waste them, just eat them as they are

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on November 22, 2013
at 05:27 PM

I'm not sure they melt? "Cacao nibs are basically raw chocolate, pieces of cacao beans that have been roasted, hulled"

Similar to a roasted coffee bean..

The nibs are probably more amenable to grinding & conbining with coconut oil or incorporating into other foods. Do PaloeHacks search.

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on November 22, 2013
at 05:25 PM

Did you try the standard double boiler method?

  1. Fill the bottom of the double boiler with 1 or 2 inches of water. Bring the water to a low boil, then allow to simmer. Meanwhile, fill the top half of the double boiler with cacao nibs.
  2. Place the top half of the double boiler over the simmering water, watching carefully that the hot water does not touch the top half of the double boiler.
  3. Watch the cacao nibs carefully, as they melt very fast. Stir the cacao nibs slowly with a water-free utensil. Any water introduced to the melted chocolate can ruin the entire batch.
  4. Remove the top half of the double boiler as soon as the chocolate melts entirely. Quickly pour the cacao nibs into a chocolate mold, or use to coat strawberries or another dessert. To keep the cacao nibs in a liquid state while working with the chocolate, put the top half of the double boiler over a bowl of warm - not hot - water.

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on December 30, 2014
at 07:51 PM

This answer is a direct copy from ehow and as the commenter there suggests, it is erroneous because cacao nibs do not melt like processed chocolate.

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on November 22, 2013
at 06:11 PM

I dont know what a double boiler is??

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