Local Source for Quality Chocolate?
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.
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.
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.
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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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.