Why it’s noisy here
Friday August 25th 2023, 9:52 pm
Filed under: Food,Friends

Afton’s been making good use of her melanger of late and we got our Manoa bars from Hawaii and in two days we’re down nearly two of the four (my usual square a day limit went right out the window) and I’d almost forgotten just how good fresh chocolate can be and I can’t afford to munch theirs at the rate I want to and you can see where all this is heading, right?

Not that ours will ever taste quite like that volcanic-soil Hawaiian grown. My stars theirs are good. I wasn’t familiar with the one they’re selling for Maui relief but it turned out to be my favorite so far.

I’ll just have to make do with (pulling a bag out of the pantry.)

Cocoa butter is a remarkably stable fat, so no worries on the vintage.

And so a little bit of Wild snuck into today, too. It is cranking away over there. Picture taken right after the sugar-adding stage.

Roasting notes: 350F ten min with a stir at the halfway, didn’t seem enough, turned it down to 325 for another three and the nose says that really made a difference. This one’s going to have great flavor. (I was going to link to Dandelion‘s Wild Bolivian but they seem to be sold out at the moment.)

Now, a question: Chocolate Alchemy sells whole cacao beans or nibs but the default setting is the beans and I accidentally ended up with some. I could spend the time shelling each little one, but I just haven’t. Part of me thinks school kids would love experimenting with them, but you know they’d toss them because they’re not sweet.

What would you do?



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Me? The afton in question? I would hide them on the shelf to think about it and promptly forget about it.

For a long time.

Comment by Afton 08.26.23 @ 7:45 am

Freecycle, maybe, specifying that the beans need to be hulled; I bet there are Raw Food people who have the time and would be willing to put in the work for their own cacao nibs. Or if you know anyone else with a melanger, or of any local baking-tech training programs that might have one or might have a student or two with one, I’d ask them?

Comment by KC 08.26.23 @ 8:16 am

Keep them. And a 5 pound sledgehammer. Next time you need to work off some aggression, you’ll have your nibs.

Comment by DebbieR 08.26.23 @ 9:05 am

Noisy but well worth it!

Comment by ccr in MA 08.26.23 @ 12:59 pm

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