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Local Source for Quality Chocolate?

flourgirl May 10, 2007 06:58 AM

Help!! I live Hunterdon County and I'm wondering if anybody knows of a (somewhat) local source for quality chocolate to be used in dessert making. I know I can buy online but there times that I just want to be able to get in the car, buy some great chocolate and make something wonderful with it. All I can find locally is Lindt, Ghiradelli, once in a while Shop-Rite has hunks of bittersweet Callebaut. I'm thinking Valrhona, El Rey, Guittard, Scharffen Berger, reliable source for Callebaut, etc.

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    nyebaby37 May 10, 2007 08:00 AM

    I am an authority on this (IMHO)... LOL. The Fudge Shoppe on Route 202, Flemington. Fabulous truffles, excellent dipped fruit /// ALWAYS fresh. No website, 908 782-7123. I sent this chocolate to Switzerland w/ a friend and even they say it rocks. 100x better than Rocky Mountain or any other chain. Local in Woodbridge, Chocolate Alley is decent.

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      jsfein May 10, 2007 09:14 AM

      I can't speak about The Fudge Shoppe's chocolate for dessert making, but can tell you that my wife would divorce me if I should every drive by and not bring home their chocolate dipped fruit. Simply amazing.

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        flourgirl May 10, 2007 09:31 AM

        Thanks nyebaby, I love this place too. But what I'm looking for is a source for bar chocolate for dessert making, and preferably labeled as to cocoa %. Ideally, this source would carry several different brands, as well.

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          seal May 10, 2007 09:45 AM

          Whole Foods usually has some broken up huge bars wrapped up in plastic.

          A good alternative these days is to just source your chocolate on the web. I like:

          http://www.chocosphere.com

      2. ambrose May 10, 2007 10:27 AM

        Hmmm, I'm guessing you may have to order via the internet if you want the name brands mentioned.

        I know Candyland Crafts in Somerville carry some chocolate baking bars. Have no idea what brand. Check them out at http://www.candylandcrafts.com

        They may also have some suggestions about other sources.

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          flourgirl May 10, 2007 11:14 AM

          Sigh. I guess I knew that the internet was probably going to be my best option. I haven't really investigated this thoroughly, but for some reason I just have a total mind block against wanting to order chocolate via the interent. Not sure why, since I already do a bulk of our non-food shopping online. But from the initial research I've done, shipping seems to be pretty expensive. This was at least one of the reasons why I was hoping to find a local source.

          "Local" for me, though, could include Philadelphia. I'm going to have to see if I can find some reasonably accessible sources there.

          And ambrose, thank you for the candyland crafts suggestion. I pass by there a lot & didn't even think of them as a possible source. You never know. Besides, I need to restock on colored sanding sugar. :-)

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            cris8 May 10, 2007 11:30 AM

            King's Supermarket in Berkeley Heights and Summit carry Scharffen Berger and Valhrona.

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              flourgirl May 10, 2007 12:05 PM

              Thank you!!!

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                HillJ May 10, 2007 03:13 PM

                Wegman's is another source for quality chocolate

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                  flourgirl May 11, 2007 04:56 AM

                  I frequently shop at the Wegman's in Bridgewater - the last time I checked (admittedly a while ago,) they didn't seem to have much beyond Lindt. I'll have to try again.

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                  ambrose May 11, 2007 03:40 AM

                  You may have discovered by now that King's in Whitehouse also carries these brands.

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                    flourgirl May 11, 2007 04:59 AM

                    Thanks, ambrose - I'm going to try this one today if I get a chance. (Need to do some baking for mother's day.) I'm also in Bridgewater a lot so the King's in Bedminster might be a good source too.

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                      njwinemaker May 11, 2007 07:57 AM

                      You can also try Harry Wils & Co in Secaucus. They are wholesalers, but they carry some pretty good stuff.

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            noufismom May 13, 2007 05:25 PM

            I was at Bon Appetit in the Princeton Shopping Center this weekend. They had Callebaut as well as Cote D'Or. The Callebaut was in decent sized hunks.

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