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04-24-2006, 10:27 AM
Has anyone bought these little raw bits ? I've been eating them in some raw desserts my HFS carries so I wanted to buy my own for smoothies and recipes. I put a handful in the blender with almond milk, OJ and strawberries and while it tasted really good, it smelled like vinegar. Do you think my cacao's are bad or maybe my mixture made it ferment?
04-24-2006, 11:05 AM
I've eaten them. They don't have a really long shelf life and they can go bad. I've never had any that smelled like vinegar. But then I've never used them in a recipe. I just eat them plain, a pinch at a time.
04-24-2006, 01:32 PM
I find the chocolate adheres well to a nut-milk base rather than juice -- maybe too much OJ?
Cacao can have a slightly bitter/fermented taste.
04-24-2006, 01:58 PM
I would take them back, they should smell and taste like chocolate without sugar, they are delicious, but they make me hyper, so I don't eat them, Dragggon loves them, and eats them by the handful.
But I have never heard them tasting or smelling of vinegar, so I'd take them back, we keep ours in the Freezer, so they are fresh and crunchy.
04-24-2006, 03:21 PM
Mine have never tasted or smelled like vinager either.
04-24-2006, 03:27 PM
Has anyone found a source other than Nature's First Law to buy these? I've done a search and didn't come up with anything, the shipping with NFL seemed so high to me so I didn't order any but would like to get them sometime soon for some recipes I wanted to try.
04-24-2006, 04:23 PM
Vinegar = fermented or off. Do return them as advised above. Keep i mind that if you didn't buy especially raw non fermented cacao nibs this can be normal. Many of the cheap nibs/beans I have seen all smell like vinegar, it's almost overpowering.
If you go to www.google.com and search for raw cacao nibs you'll find a number of options there.
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