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I purchased a bag of raw organic cocoa nibs but found them very bitter, actually quite disgusting. Have I just purchased the wrong sort? Are there brands better than others or is it that I simply just do not have the palate for them?

Posted by cherz, 1st February 2016

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  • We love them, i won’t get other cacao nibs in my home.
    Raw cacao nibs are a bit bitter and you might find they taste better in your cooking or baking product. My kids love them for example in the banana pancakes, brownies, sprinkled over the muesli with greek yoghurt, choc chip cookies, sprinkled over homemade ice cream, etc.
    In our society many people got used to eat all kind of sweetened products and lost a bit the taste for real foods.

  • As mentioned below, they are bitter. I find I only use a little bit of them for crunch in some recipes. I certainly don’t like the taste of them on their own.

  • Thanks June11 ..the cocoa nibs are raw organic cocoa nibs, it states that the ingredients are Organic Cocoa Nibs (100%) and are packed in Australia from imported ingredients.. no artificial colours or flavours ..no preservatives ..suitable for vegetarians and vegans.


  • cherz, check where they were manufactured. I don’t know about other countries but I was told by somebody who worked in USA for 12 months that their normal chocolate tastes like cooking chocolate. What you have might be OK for diabetics or those who have to have lactose free, and gluten free. Yes, some chocolates, chocolate bars definitely have wheat in them. Another ingredient it may have is orange. There is a big chocolate factory in the eastern states that puts orange in some of its chocolate but I know at one stage they reckoned they didn’t have to list it as it was only such a small amount. Enough to make a girl very sick though. It was only confirmed when the Mum rang the company and asked a few questions.

  • Think of them more as an additive to other ingredients rather than to eat on their own.

  • They taste like dirt haha not that i know what dirt tastes like… :/
    I bought some but didn’t want to waste them so just add them to slices, muffins etc

  • Defs an acquired taste – I have some here and mmm, I am with you..

  • Cocoa is generally an acquired taste.

  • THANKS SO MUCH everyone have tried these on their own and in cooking ..the Best Before is 02/FEB/17..but as far as I am concerned they are horrid. YUK

    The back of the pack states : Raw organic cocoa nibs are cocoa beans that have been roasted, separated from their husks and broken into smaller pieces. These flavourful little pieces also have great nutritional value and acts as an energy booster and mood elevator! Great to use as a topping on salads or as a mix-in for baked goods or sweets for added crunch and flavour. Enjoy cocoa nibs as is or use desired quantities in your baking and favourite recipes.

    Well I can’t make up my mind whether to send them to Sarah Wilson or I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! LOL. either way I know I will not be eating them.

  • You are welcome, mom165081. Success!!

  • They are certainly an acquired taste. I personally would not eat them on their own; I use them as an alternative to choc chips.

  • Great idea Mom90758 – I didn’t post the question – but I will take a look at the “I Quit Sugar” website. Thanks.

  • You can’t think of them as chocolate bits – there is no sugar in them so they are an acquired taste and on the bitter side. If you google up some recipes though, paired with other ingredients they can be really delicious and give a good crunch to some recipes.

  • I understand that they are quite bitter and abit yucky.

  • Sometimes if I am in a “healthy ” type mood, I may buy organic carobs which looks like chocolate buttons . Sometimes it is slightly bitter , but contains no sugar and is quite bland to taste. I like it because it my idea of the ” healthy ” chocolate . The ones you are describing sounds like something else , so I would take it back and ask them if they are meant to taste how you described to make sure they were fresh when you purchased them . I like browsong at ” Healthy Life ” stores and find their customer service is always friendly so I am sure they can help you .

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