Cocoa nibs are small crunchy products of pure cacao beans that have been fermented, dried, roasted, and crushed. These are not comparable to chocolate chips as they have a slightly bitter, intense, unsweetened chocolate flavor. See: Cocoa powder; Chocolate; Chocolate liquor.

Health considerations

Cocoa nibs contain antioxidants, vitamins, minerals such as iron and manganese, and fiber. One ounce of cocoa nibs is 43% naturally occurring fat, 14% protein, 36% carbohydrate, and 32% fiber. Raw cacao nibs have a greater content of polyphenols. See: Cacao nibs

Keep in mind

Ground cocoa nibs are used to produce chocolate liquor or cocoa paste.

May be found in

Desserts, confectionery, candy, chocolate bars, chocolate


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Alternative names and spellings

Theobroma cacao

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