Chocolate of the Day
Roasted Cacao Nibs - Philippines
Good + - Good ++
Weight: .5 oz. (14.1 g.) / 8.81 oz. (250 g.) in total package
Calories: 90 calories in 1.5 TB (1/2 serving)
Cost: $14.00 (sale) for 1 package
Purchased from: Oodaalolly, LLC, online order
Welcome to Day #8 of Chocolate, Nuts and Nibs Theme Week, featuring items with chocolate and nuts, cacao nibs and/or combinations of these elements.
Today's Oodaalolly Roasted Cacao Nibs were a product of the Philippines, but roasted and packaged by Oodaalolly, LLC (El Cerrito, CA) for sale in the U.S.
Oodaalolly founder and chocolate maker, Hernan Lauber, also offers a line of chocolates (bars) that feature cacao from the Philippines (and sometimes flavor inclusions from this island nation as well). We paired these nibs with a small bowl of pili nuts, but they also would have worked in oatmeal, ice cream, infused in whiskey, tea or coffee, or in a spice blend/rub.
Today's single origin nibs (pieces of Trinitario* variety of cacao beans) were from Davao (in the southern Philippines).
Aroma and flavor notes for these nibs included: cacao, slightly green (seed, nut), faint earth, roasted nut, roasted coffee, toast, and chocolate cookie notes. (There may have been a very faint, slightly acidic, diffuse fruit in this taste bouquet.)
The nibs had uniform, balanced, roasted cacao flavor(s), while retaining the fairly complex essence of the cacao bean(s). They were well-suited to both sweet and savory applications.
Ingredients: Cacao nibs (Theobroma cacao)
Allergen-related information: "Non-GMO, gluten free, vegan"
*Trinitario variety cacao often has some of the true chocolate-y flavors often associated with bolder (forastero) varieties, but is less subtle than some milder heritage (criollo) varieties.