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I'm just starting to make candies at home, a total beginner. I was hoping to find a candy making supply shop somewhere in the Rockville/Gaithersburg area, but have found nothing so far. The shipping charges for pounds of chocolate are obviously going to be high, and I'd like to wander and browse for supplies such as molds, tools, etc, which is why I'd like to find something local. Can anyone recommend a local place for this?

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  1. Have you tried Michael's? They have a lot of the basics. And, Trader Joe's sells huge blocks of Ghirardelli chocolate. I've seen supplies at cake decorating shops, too, but only know the NoVa area for those.

    1. As Chowser said, you can get large blocks of Ghirardelli at TJ's. And you can get hunks of Callebaut and some other brands at Whole Foods, possibly Balducci's too. My favorite area store for these cooking supplies is La Cuisine in Alexandria (www.lacuisineus.com). It's a small store, but everyone there is very knowledgeable and helpful. Even on my own, I always come back with several more things than I'd planned on, lol. In Wheaton there's a store called Little Bitts that has a lot of supplies ... might be more cake decorating, though, and it's very crowded (full of stuff). Crafty stores like Michael's have a lot of the Wilton supplies, too. Sur La Table and Williams-Sonoma may have some things as well, depending on what you're looking for.

      1. Most of your large craft stores will have candy-making hardware (minus the good, heavy-duty bain marie). For the ingredients, I'm not sure where to try other than TJ's for the bulk chocolate, although I'd try calling Wegman's to see if they are carrying bulk chocolate for the holidays.

        1. Thanks so very much for all the great suggestions. You've all made my upcoming holidays that much sweeter :) thanks.

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          1. re: MarieCW

            Not quite Rockville, but there's a place called Little Bitts shop in Wheaton that has cake and candy making supplies. At least I think it is still there - I haven't been in years. They don't seem to have a web site but when I googled I got some fairly recent references to it.

            1. re: wombat

              Its still there and will have everything you want or need.

              1. re: wombat

                I love Little Bitts Shop!

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                Little Bitts Shop
                11246 Triangle Ln, Wheaton, MD

            2. Williams-Sonoma carries a few supplies, like thermometers and such. They also have 10lb blocks of Ghiradelli chocolate, you just have to ask as some stores don't have them on the floor. I know the store in Mazza has them in back.

              1. It's in Fairfax City, but well worth the drive--Fran's Cake and Candy Supplies, 10396 Willard Way, Fairfax, VA 22030
                (703) 352-1471.

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                1. re: Peyton

                  I've been trying to find out more information on Fran's. All I've seen is the directory when I google it. I've been driving to Dale City for my cake supplies but I'll check out Fran's. Thanks!

                2. Marlene's Cake & Candy Supplies
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                  356 S Pickett St
                  Alexandria, VA 22304
                  (703) 370-3301

                  It's been a few years since I was there, but it was exactly what you describe wanting--aisles to browse in and a big selection of supplies. It is also next to the excellent Mediterranean Bakery which has been mentioned many times on this board.

                  Trader Joe's big bars of Belgian chocolate are of very good quality for the price.

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                  1. re: PollyG

                    Thanks for the info. I'm going to that bakery this week, so I'll be sure to stop in and browse there, too.

                    1. re: PollyG

                      I believe this store shut down a while ago. I would still go to Med. Bakery, but don't plan on going for cake supplies.

                    2. Peyton's right -- Fran's is a bit of a drive, but her shop has the supplies you just won't find anywhere else near Gaithersburg or Rockville. For quality chocolate in quantities at great prices, plan a visit to Albert Uster Imports in Gaithersburg for the Des Alpes chocolate.

                      http://www.auiswiss.com/prod_espiritd...

                      Albert Uster Imports, Inc.
                      9211 Gaither Road
                      Gaithersburg, MD 20877
                      (800) 231-8154
                      info@auiswiss.com

                      If you've been to L'Academie de Cuisine's Gaithersburg location, this shop is essentially next door. And if you haven't been to L'Academie, then think of Albert Uster as being located behind Home Depot!

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                      1. re: AzureBlue

                        I was also thinking of Albert Uster for the chocolate. Do they sell much in the way of equipment?

                      2. I make chocolate every holiday season. I order fillings, creams, etc. from Kitchen Kraft via their on line site.

                        For my chocolate, I prefer to buy the Ghiradelli chips from World Market stores. They typically run a sale on them THanksgiving weekend. The chips melt quicker than the large blocks anyway and its the same chocolate.

                        I plan to check Fran's out too.

                        And, Marlene's in Alexandria is closed.

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                        1. re: DC Gal

                          I just bought a bunch of their chips at World Market. The big bags are on sale for $5 each this week ... good price.

                          1. re: Chocolatechipkt

                            That sounds right - I believe the regular price is $6 a bag and around Thanksgiving they usually run them for 2 for $10.

                        2. I buy my supplies at the Carriage House Bakery in Libertytown-outside of Frederick.

                          1. THE LITTLE BITTS SHOP in the Wheaton area is TOPS with me!! Not only candy making products but cake decorating products. They have been in business for years and the friendly owner & staff KNOW what they are taliking about. They have printed recipes for all things sweet & homemade ;-)