There's a Cacaophony happening! It seems cacao nibs are everywhere, from granola to chocolate to (eep) salads. We can't escape them. And yet, have you ever tried one? All by itself? They are difficult to love, strong, and bitter. Nibs barely even taste like chocolate! Sheesh. But here is your magical middle ground: Wild Sweet Nibs by Wild Foods. Take those potent little nibs and add just a dusting of organic palm sugar. The transformation occurs from bitter to complex, from sour to salivating. These are a potent reward for dark chocoholics anywhere.
Cacao Nibs: there's hardly a more trendy ingredient in the last few years. It's added to chocolate bars, ice creams, granola, or just served up naked in a bag for you to consume out of hand. What's the issue here? In the first few examples, it's hard to really taste the cacao - the complexity, the sweetness, sourness and even a little bitterness when those crunchy nibs are hidden within a bar or your granola.
But when they're all alone, it can be TOO intense, like a full on black espresso double-shot when you're used to "normal" coffee with a little oomph from cream. Unadorned cacao nibs take some getting used to, like 100% chocolate bars and, yes, espresso.
Here's the solution: rather than hide the nibs completely, take them in their flavorful state and add a hint of sugar. Just the barest bit, to take that edge off and allow the true cacao complexity to shine through. That's genius, really. And that's Wild Sweet Nibs from Wild Food Co.
They've taken the purest essence of "chocolate", which is the cacao pod, dried and cracked open to reveal its complex and wine-like flavors, then given each nib just enough of a dose of coconut palm sugar to soften the bitterness and make your mouth happy. You get the best of all worlds: real cacao, real flavor, seriously real nutrition. (Keep reading for those deets.)
Cacao beans: chock-full of health-giving and beautifying fatty acids and minerals, as well as antioxidants, and nutrients that support mood and the immune system. Cacao is one of the most powerful known superfoods, and had been used for thousands of years to boost health and energy levels. Raw cacao is one of the most phytochemically complex foods on Earth. Many of its constituents have yet to even be discovered!
Here are just a few compounds found in raw cacao beans,: neurotransmitter anandamide (the "bliss" chemical), neurotransmitter phenethylamine (also known as PEA, the "love molecule"), neurotransmitter serotonin (a brain chemical that acts to shield against stress, increasing ones sense of wellbeing) neurotransmitter dopamine (increases ones sense of pleasure and elevates the mood), phytochemical coumarin (suppresses appetite, and also has anti-tumor properties and helps with blood circulation) enzyme asparaginase (a special enzyme with anti-cancer properties) ergosterol (a necessary chemical for Vitamin D assimilation), sitosterol (helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels), and magnesium (helps combat osteoporosis and weak bones/teeth, heart disease, migraines, muscle spasms, painful menstrual periods, and even diabetes.)
ANTIOXIDANTS – shields free radicals to protect against aging. Cocoa has by far the highest concentration of antioxidants of any food in the world. Raw cocoa has an antioxidant value that is four times that of the Acai berry, which is known for being extremely high.
MAGNESIUM – for heart, brain power, strong bones
IRON – critical mineral for nutrition
CHROMIUM – to balance blood sugar
MANGANESE – an essential trace mineral
ZINC – for immune support
COPPER – for healthy blood
VITAMIN C – contains antioxidants, especially in raw cocoa
ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS – especially in raw cocoa
PHENYLETHYLAMINE PEA – for focus and alertness
ANANDAMIDE – the bliss chemical
TRYPTOPHAN – regulates the appetite, for better sleep, helps with relaxation
SEROTONIN – mood enhancing, our feel-good hormone
FIBER – for a good digestive system
The basics? Just a little snack, right out of the sack. More satisfying than nuts and full of all of those amazing nutrients from above, you'll be happy with a few small handfuls, chewed thoughtfully as you ponder the rest of your day.
But then, there's more places you can deploy the nibs either as is or rendered smooth by your blender:
Wild Foods was founded out of a desire to bring together a mix of the best ingredients in the world to support health, performance and conscious food consumerism. Knowing where our ingredients come from, how they are made, and the impact they have on the world, is of paramount importance because we know that food is the most important aspect of health, body composition, performance and longevity.
These topics we are passionate about are rooted in ingredients and the quality of those ingredients. We also believe that the current food system is broken and want to do our part in helping fix it. These beliefs form the Wild Guarantee: We only sell products we use ourselves!
SUPER important. Here's some details about what's at stake:
"Cocoa is one of the most sprayed food crops in the world because it is susceptible to disease and pests. Because of this, the cocoa fats (within the cocoa bean) collect the pesticides and are in the cocoa nibs when you consume them.
Not only are organic nibs beneficial for you and your health, it is also better for the forested regions where cacao is grown. With conventional cocoa, pesticides pollute local water supplies and kill wildlife.
Another objective is to find fair trade cacao nibs because the cocoa manufacturing process is so labor intensive. There are reports from Africa of forced child labor and poor conditions for workers. With fair trade products, you are more likely to get humanely grown, manufactured, and produced cocoa nibs."