eagermuscle saidI know this makes thread for a great excuse for members to binge on Hershey's Special Dark bars, but before they do consider that the healthiest chocolate (in moderation) is cacao nibs (http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/the-nutrition-of-cocoa-nibs.html#b):
I put a very light sprinkling of these on my morning steel cut oatmeal or add them to my green smoothies. I know. Yum.
Im a bit of a cocoa snob so my recommendation would be
not only Varlhona cocoa powder has less Sat fat, lower cholesterol, higher dietary fiber and protein, but also it has such a deep rich chocolaty taste.
But I read that nibs are more beneficially healthy than powder because they still contain most of the cacao bean's essential oils (healthy fats that also make up cacao butter).
What do you think of Valrhona's cacao nibs versus other brands? My question is whether all brands of nibs by definition are dry roasted as Valrhona is advertised to be. (Dry roasting may be an additional needless processing step; raw almonds are healthier with more beneficial oils than dry roasted almonds.)
Incidentally, for secondary cooking purposes nibs are considered better (tastier end result) than powder.