Food Thoughts is delighted to have received a Great Taste Award for their Natural Cacao Nibs. Great Taste Awards are the world’s most coveted food awards, which celebrate the very best in food and drink, has announced the Great Taste stars of 2018. Out of over 12,600 products to be judged, Food Thoughts Natural Cacao Nibs received an award for delivering ‘fantastic flavour’.
WHAT ARE THE GREAT TASTE AWARDS?
Judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs and producers, as well as a whole host of food writers and journalists, Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers. As well as a badge of honour, the unmistakeable black and gold Great Taste label is a signpost to a wonderful tasting product, which has been discovered through hours and hours of blind-tasting by hundreds of judges.
Great Taste judges this year included MasterChef 2018 champion, Kenny Tutt, chef and food writer, Elly Curshen, eco chef and food writer, Tom Hunt, author and chef, Zoe Adjonyoh, baker Tom Herbert, author and blogger, Izy Hossack, and baker and recipe writer, Martha Collison, as well as food buyers from Harrods, Selfridges and Sourced Market. These esteemed palates were looking for great texture and appearance. They judge the quality of ingredients and how well the maker has put the food or drink together. But above all, they are looking for truly great taste.
Great Taste was established in 1994 and is the largest and most trusted accreditation scheme for fine food and drink. Great Taste encourages and mentors artisan food producers, offering a unique benchmarking and product evaluation service leading to an independent accreditation that enables small food and drink businesses to compete against supermarket premium own label brands. Recognised as a stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste values taste above all else, with no regard for branding and packaging. No matter what the product being tasted, all products are removed from their wrapper, jar, box or bottle before being tasted.
Each team of three to four judges blind-tastes around 25 products per session, discussing each product as a coordinating food writer transcribes their comments directly onto the Great Taste website, which producers access after judging is completed. Over the years, numerous food businesses, start-ups and well-established producers have been advised how to modify their foods and have subsequently gone on to achieve Great Taste stars. Food or drink that is deemed worthy of Great Taste stars is also tasted by a team of arbitrators, who taste, confer and agree on the final award given. If judges feel that a product needs some adjustment, and is therefore not likely to receive an award, the food or drink gets a second chance on a referral table, where another team blind-tastes and deliberates. For a Great Taste 3-star award, the vast majority in the room – which can be as many as 30-40 experts – must agree that the food or drink delivers that indescribable ‘wow’ factor.
WHAT ARE CACAO NIBS?
Cacao nibs are the most natural chocolate ingredient. They are from the cacao seed, or bean, that has been harvested, fermented, dried, cleaned, roasted, cracked, and then removed from the shell. This results in cacao nibs, which are ready to enjoy as they are. They are sometimes referred to as Raw Cacao Nibs due to the minimal processing involved.
In the above picture you can see the difference between Cacao Nibs and Cacao Powder. Cacao Nibs are small, hard nuggets and, as the name suggests, Cacao Powder has been ground.
FOOD THOUGHTS NATURAL CACAO NIBS – FOR HEALTHIER BAKING
As Cacao Nibs are so natural, they retain main health benefits.
- 100% Natural Cacao Nibs
- No added sugar
- High in Flavanols & Antioxidants
- Retained Nutrients – Iron, Magnesium, Potassium
- Gluten free
- Nut free
- Soy free
- Suitable for vegetarians.
For more information about Food Thoughts Natural Cacao Nibs click here.
HOW TO USE CACAO NIBS?
- Cacao Nibs can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes for flavour and texture.
- Add some pizzazz to your morning oatmeal by adding a teaspoon or two of cocoa nibs for a fun texture and chocolate boost.
- Put a few tablespoons into a chocolate smoothie to make it even more chocolaty!
- Mix in Cacao Nibs to a cookie, brownie, tart or cake recipe to add texture and crunch
- Add Cacao Nibs to granola, breakfast cereals or porridge for texture and a chocolate boost.
- Top mousse, trifles, cakes, ice cream and other desserts with Cacao Nibs – they look great, are healthy and add crunch and a chocolatey taste.
Please note that Cacao Nibs cannot be melted.
FOOD THOUGHTS RECIPES USING NATURAL CACAO NIBS
For recipe ideas using Natural Cacao Nibs click here