Chocolate in Bulk for baking/candy
I recently moved to London from the US and am a serious home baker and candy maker. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find any store - online or bricks & mortar - that sells chocolate in bulk. I'm looking for Callebaut, Cacao Barry, Valrhona, Amedei, etc. in blocks, chips, callets, pistoles, buttons..you get the picture. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Wild Havest do sell Valrhona feves (the big chip things) at about £30 for 3kg depending on which ones you want. (Your post prompted me to get off my backside - truffles and mousse cake to make!) I checked valrhona's website for their distributers etc in the UK, may work for other makers too. Anyway, it came up with a number of people, but mostly based at New Covent Garden Market which is a pain in the neck but if needs be... Basic problems with cgma are that you really need a car, you need to go at specific times of day and they charge you £4 to take your car in, so the effective cost of what you're buying goes up.
Thanks so much for the info about Wild Harvest. I checked out their website to see what they carried and will give them a call to find out more specifics. £4 to bring in my car is still cheaper than taking the Eurostar to shop in Paris!
Type H&B Foods into google and download their product list. They stock Valrhona, Callebaut and Cacao Barry. ;)
Paul A Young Fine Chocolate stocks big bars of Valhrona and smaller Amedei bars. It's on Camden Passage in N1. Not sure where you live so that might not be conveniet.
You can also get Valhrona online at the Chocolate Society website. I'm a big Valhrona fan so tend to just use that. I think that Harvey Nicks may also stock a range of the larger Valhrona bars, not too sure on their other range though.