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Title: Where to buy/order chocolate/cacao nibs from
Post by: beerbronco on October 07, 2010, 07:36:08 AM
Last year I got some chocolate nibs from a vendor at the GABF that I put into my double chocolate stout.  The vendor wasn't at the GABF this year.  Where can I buy/order some nibs from?  I live in the Denver area.
Title: Re: Where to buy/order chocolate/cacao nibs from
Post by: theDarkSide on October 07, 2010, 07:45:14 AM
You can get them online here...unfortunately it doesn't look like there are any stores in Colorado that carry them.

http://www.tcho.com/store/nibs

Title: Re: Where to buy/order chocolate/cacao nibs from
Post by: ryang on October 07, 2010, 07:53:39 AM
I know stomp them grapes started carrying cacao nibs - just saw them on the shelf the other day.  They're at I-70 & Pecos more or less.
Title: Re: Where to buy/order chocolate/cacao nibs from
Post by: Vin S on October 07, 2010, 08:10:13 AM
More beer has them in the spice section.
Title: Re: Where to buy/order chocolate/cacao nibs from
Post by: beerbronco on October 07, 2010, 08:28:26 AM
Thanks all!  I will check out these places.  I think Tcho was the vendor who gave me some last year at the GABF.
Title: Re: Where to buy/order chocolate/cacao nibs from
Post by: jeffy on October 07, 2010, 02:29:38 PM
They were presenters at the NHC in Oakland, too.  They seemed like really enthusiastic people, wanting to experiment with all kinds of beer and chocolate.
Title: Re: Where to buy/order chocolate/cacao nibs from
Post by: twodogbrew69 on October 08, 2010, 09:14:45 AM
I found them at the local health food markets.
Title: Re: Where to buy/order chocolate/cacao nibs from
Post by: thcipriani on October 11, 2010, 07:07:43 PM
I've seen them at Whole Foods from.
Title: Re: Where to buy/order chocolate/cacao nibs from
Post by: ajs195 on November 05, 2010, 03:21:27 PM
I got some off of RebelBrewers site.  I open up the packet of nibs and they smelled amazing.

http://www.rebelbrewer.com/shoppingcart/categories/Brewing-Ingredients/Additives%2C-Finings%2C-Flavorings-etc./Herbs%2C-Spices%2C-Wood-etc./

How much would one use per gallon?  I was going to add it to 3 gallons of sweet stout, maybe along with a chopped up square of dark chocolate and some vanilla bean (well the bean was going to soak in vodka for a week and the liquid added to taste at bottling). 
Title: Re: Where to buy/order chocolate/cacao nibs from
Post by: evandy on November 05, 2010, 03:52:51 PM
For any and all brewing spices, I recommend you check out the two big spice merchants:  Penzeys and "The Spice House"  (www.penzeys.com, www.thespicehouse.com).  You will find very high-quality spices at extremely reasonable prices.

If you're in the Chicago/Milwaukee area, you can stop by one of the spice house's stores.  Penzys has some here and there as well.  Personally, I prefer The Spice House, because they'll sell you bulk spices without any jars/etc, which is great for refilling jars or if you plan to use it quickly (e.g. for a brewing recipe).

I also recommend them for cooking, needless to say.  Cheaper than the grocery store, and higher quality.  Can't be beat.
Title: Re: Where to buy/order chocolate/cacao nibs from
Post by: beveragebob on November 05, 2010, 04:03:43 PM
cacao nibs are mankind's original chocolate chip  :)
Title: Re: Where to buy/order chocolate/cacao nibs from
Post by: punatic on November 05, 2010, 07:06:39 PM
I grow them in my yard.  They are in season now.  I had one tree when I moved in; grew a dozen more from seeds from that original tree.

We break open the pods and pull out the seeds (nibs).  De-fuzz the seeds, put them in a pot of cool water, bring to a boil, remove from the heat and drain when the seed skins split (between 5 to 10 minutes after boil starts).  Shell and eat.  YUM!

If over-indulgining on boiled nibs one would be well advised not to stray too far from the WC...
Title: Re: Where to buy/order chocolate/cacao nibs from
Post by: tygo on November 05, 2010, 07:12:44 PM
Good timing on this thread.  I think I've just about decided to try a Mocha Porter and was thinking about where to order the nibs from.  When I searched the penzy's site though nothing came back.  The Spice House has roasted cacao nibs.  I guess that's what I want.