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Where to buy Sharffen Berger, Valrhona, or Callebaut chocolate in Columbus, Ohio?

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Diane in Bexley Mar 15, 2007 11:28 AM

Looking to make flourless choclate cake for Passover and want to use best quality chocolate. These have been recommended - any comparison to Ghiradelli? Are they substantially better/worth the extra cost? TIA!

  1. nsxtasy Mar 16, 2007 07:47 AM

    All three are high-quality chocolate and IMHO are better than Ghirardelli.

    Have you checked Whole Foods? The one near me carries a couple of these brands, in bulk (blocks) as well as pre-packaged bars, and I know there's one in Columbus:

    3670 W. Dublin-Granville Road
    Columbus, Ohio 43235
    614.760.5556
    www.wholefoods.com

    A mail-order source for many, many chocolates is www.chocosphere.com

    Have a zissen Pesach!

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      FlyerFan Mar 16, 2007 12:07 PM

      Believe both Columbus Trader Joe's carry Sharffenberger and Valrhona at reasonable prices.

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        nsxtasy Mar 16, 2007 12:28 PM

        Yes, same here (Chicago), although they sell them only in small bars (100 g or less), and the prices aren't that low ($2 or more). Beware - They also sell big bars of Swiss (250 g) and Belgian (500 g) made chocolate under their own brand name at incredibly cheap prices, but I've been disappointed in the quality.

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          chocofan Mar 16, 2007 10:38 PM

          I'm surprised. I'm almost positive it is Callebaut in their pound plus bar. Just make sure you aren't getting the one with vanillin. I buy the 70% because can't always afford Valrohna

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        xena Mar 16, 2007 12:22 PM

        I just bought chocolate bars at our Trader Joe's (though not in Columbus) carrying their name on the wrapper. The chocolate itself is stamped Callebaut. It's up by the checkout counter.
        Hopefully yours will have it too.

        1. pikawicca Mar 17, 2007 05:14 PM

          All three of the chocolates you mention are better choices for baking than Ghiradelli -- in this case, you get what you pay for. In my experience, the Scharffen Berger tends to be fresher tasting than the other two.

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            brendastarlet Mar 18, 2007 06:17 AM

            Trader Joe's definitely has Callebaut and Scharffen Berger.

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              SharonOhio Mar 18, 2007 11:13 AM

              Whole Foods definitely has some Scharffenberger as does Trader Joes both on the west side of Columbus. Having visited their production facility near Berkeley, CA, my daughter and I are hooked. It really has a very very strong chocolate flavor. Ghiradelli in my opinion just isn't as good.

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              Budser1228 Mar 19, 2007 12:28 PM

              Also try Sur La Table at Easton, good, but not extensive collection of quality chocolate, Valrhona, etc. Williams Sonoma carries Scharffenberger (blocks) and Guittard (coverture wafers).

              1. nsxtasy Mar 19, 2007 01:26 PM

                I was in Trader Joe's today (in suburban Chicago, although many of their products and prices are applicable at most of their stores) and here's what I observed:

                Scharffen Berger semi-sweet chocolate, 60% cocoa solids, $1.99 for a 2 oz bar

                Valrhona chocolate, choice of 56%, 71%, or 85%, $2.69 for a 100 g (3.5 oz) bar

                Ghirardelli chocolate in bulk (large hunks), $3.49/lb for milk or dark, $4.49/lb for white

                Trader Joe's house brand Swiss chocolate, dark or milk, $1.99 for a 100 g (3.5 oz) bar

                Trader Joe's house brand Belgian chocolate, several varieties, 500 g bar (I didn't bother checking the price - this is the one I've found disappointing)

                They also had a couple of kinds of Spanish-made single-origin chocolate that I didn't examine closely, but I think those were also $1.99 for a 100 g (3.5 oz) bar.

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                  xena Mar 19, 2007 07:50 PM

                  Trader Joe's has small 50 g Belgian chocolate bars with their name on the label, that is the Callebaut. The wrapper is sort of a pearly lavender color. Can't remember what I paid.

                  1. nsxtasy Apr 24, 2007 12:18 PM

                    Another store that carries Sharffen Berger and Valrhona and other high-end brands of chocolate (I'm not sure about Callebaut though) is Cost Plus World Market. They have four locations in Columbus (Lennox, Easton, Tuttle Crossing, and Polaris).

                    www.worldmarket.com

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                      MIKELOCK34 Apr 25, 2007 02:20 AM

                      http://www.worldwidechocolate.com/

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                        elrushbo Apr 25, 2007 05:14 AM

                        Any Cost Plus World Market has Valhrona and Schafer-Bergen

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                          nsxtasy Apr 25, 2007 09:45 AM

                          See my post two posts above yours... ;)

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