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Candy Making supplies?

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.