What’s the difference between raw cacao nibs and regular dark chocolate/cocoa?
Raw cacao nibs specifically refers to unroasted cacao beans that have been separated from their husks, and broken into smaller pieces. This is the most natural form of cacao (short of eating the whole cacao bean) which is not subjected to any processing except for a low fermentation process (of the beans) to bring out the cocoa flavor, increase nutrient availability and reduce phytic acid content. Raw cacao nibs are 100% pure cacao, no other added ingredients. Regular dark chocolate/cocoa generally refers to a more processed chocolate product which is made from roasted cacao beans. Sugar/sweeteners and fat are usually added and heat is applied in the process of making regular chocolate/cocoa. The whole process, unfortunately, destroys quite a fair bit of antioxidants. Unlike processed dark chocolate, these antioxidants are preserved in raw cacao nibs/powder.