Crunchy Cocoa Nib, Mandarin and Roasted Beet Salad

Crunchy Cocoa Nib, Mandarin and Roasted Beet Salad

By Kate Heyhoe Cocoa CRUNCH!  For me, crunch is essential in a salad. So I usually toss in some toasted sunflower seeds, croutons, or for special occasions, cocoa nibs (also known as cacao nibs), which add a savory dark-chocolatey bite. Balsamic vinegar and cocoa nibs dance especially well together – a perfect pairing of sweet, tart and bitter. Essentials and options: Just three main ingredients are essential to this salad: roasted beets, mandarin oranges, and cocoa nibs – plus the … [Read more...]

Chocolate Recipes at Global Gourmet


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Chocolate Profile


Who knew such a luscious flavor would also be a stimulating food? Ancient peoples of the Americas did. Cacao, cocoa, and chocolate are different terms, but all come from the same tree. The word cocoa is an Anglicized version of cacao, and the word "chocolate" has roots in native languages of the Americas. What is chocolate? Chocolate is obtained from the cacao tree, a tropical evergreen known as Theobroma cacao (which translates from Greek as "food of the gods"). Each large cacao pod … [Read more...]