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A (not so) sweet treat.

When I first discovered chocolate covered cocoa nibs, I was sure I had finally found the peak chocolate experience. I like dark chocolate, not so sweet, but rich. The nibs on their own are good. But throw a bit of dark chocolate on top, and it smooths everything out. I used all my restraint, and made it through the little tin. A few weeks later, I went back to my cute little local chocolate shop back home in Canada, and they were all out of the nibs. Tears were shed, I tell you.

But, after wiping my eyes, I realized that they had dark chocolate covered whole cocoa beans. The beans were so fresh, with a light coating of smooth dark chocolate, and then rolled in some of the best cocoa powder I have ever tasted. At that moment I knew, the search for my favourite chocolate treat was over.

Now, what's a girl to do when the cost of shipping these beans to my door in Japan costs well more than I am willing to pay?
You realize, you can make your own
5 minute dark chocolate covered cocoa beans

First of all, you have to discover a bag of cocoa beans sitting in your cupboard.


( bought from iherb here )
In a moment of inspiration melt a bar of lindt 85% (not my fav, but it's what I had) using a double boiler (or be classy like me and throw a stainless steel bowl on top of a regular saucepan).
Add in 1-3 tsp of coconut oil, depending on how thick you want the coating.
Once everything is mixed in, dump in a whole bunch of the beans. Stir around until evenly coated. Then using your fingers (like me... but of course, if you have tongs, go for it), drop the beans into some cocoa powder. Roll them around, then place on wax paper.
I put them in the freezer to harden up a bit.
Then I stored them in the fridge and enjoyed all week.

Oh, and if you have leftover melted chocolate like I did, you can make Angela's amazing chocolate covered raisins. I just threw some raisins in the leftover chocolate, and was not disappointed.
Have you tried cocoa nibs or beans? Favourite ways to eat them?