Twenty-Four Blackbirds’ Cardamom & Candied Cocoa Nibs

Twenty-Four Blackbirds is an amazing, small batch chocolate maker in Santa Barbara, roasting single-origin cocoa beans using scientific precision to draw out amazing flavors from each bean. For this ice cream Mike Orlando, the owner of 24BB, worked on creating these single-origin candied cocoa nib morsels by slowly pan-roasting nibs in a hint of salt, butter, and a lot of sugar. The result are these candy morsels that have a pleasant bitter bite to them but melt in your mouth like none other. For an ice cream to frame these candied nibs, we kept things really really, simple by freshly grating black cardamom into sweet cream. Simply divine.