Q: I recently bought cacao nibs, but I CANNOT just eat them as they are because they are far too hard and tough on my teeth. I've tried boiling them, but nothing much happens, and all I can think to do is grind them to powder. But how to do that? And then how can I use them?
Sent by Rick
Editor: Rick, you could try grinding up cacao nibs in a spice grinder or coffee grinder to make them a little easier on your teeth. Once ground, you can use them in smoothies, mixed into baked goods, or sprinkled over oatmeal.
This post has some great ideas for using cacao nibs, including using ground nibs in meat rubs or braising sauces:
Readers, how do you like to use cacao nibs? Any advice for grinding them?
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