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Jul 9, 2007 11:14 PM

Best place in GTA to buy a nice large bar of dark chocolate?

Only place I really liked so far is Bernard Callebaut's, but they're so far away from where I live and I can't find a local reseller. (I'm up in Thornhill, but willing to travel downtown)

I'm looking for just a nice, big bar of rich dark chocolate that I can sink my teeth into from time to time and also snap off a chunk to use in my occasional baking needs. No need for any of those fancy truffle, pralines, etc flavoured chocolate bon bons. I don't mind paying for good quality stuff, but nothing overly pricey if possible.

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  1. I find the Loblaws PC big dark chocolate bars to be great for baking and the inevitable snack. They're French-made, something of a bargain and widely available. Worth a try.

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    1. re: Kagemusha

      Given the OP's description, I would second PC dark. But I also noticed huge Lindt bars at Walmart for a steal! That is the route I would take. As well, Starsky's has some European brands that are EXCELLENT and VERY well priced.

    2. If you are looking for REALLY good stuff try Soma. They sell some in larger packs of bars (4 larger bars) that I have used for baking and eating. It isn't obscenely priced but it is pricey.

      I am sorry I can't remember the name the packaging is silver though...

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      1. re: Otonabee

        Is the Soma bars a spicy as their hot chocolate? I had one of those a few weeks back when visiting the Distillery district and I had a sore throat from it...

        1. re: Royaljelly

          No, they have "regular" dark chocolate, too. Try the carnero superior. Too yummy.

      2. Where do you get your Callebaut from? You can buy them at the St. Lawrence market.

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        1. re: climacus

          The one time I went to his shop on Dundas W in Etobicoke, which is a pretty far drive for me, considering there's nothing else for me to do there. It's funny that their own website doesn't even list this store (unless it's now gone?).

          Which store in St Lawrence market carries his stuff? Do they have the baking bar that454gm? I think it's their Bittersweet one that my wife and I really liked.

          1. re: Royaljelly

            I went to the shop on Dundas W a couple weeks ago. The chocolates were 50% off. They said there is going to be new branding. Hence all the old branding packages were on sale. I wasn't so sure. I haven't been back to see if they are open still.

        2. Ambrosia Natural Foods in Thornhill carries a variety of Green & Black's chocolate bars. The sea-salted caramel is particularly good (for eating, of course). Michel Cluizel's dark chocolate bars are very clean tasting, very good(available in several fine food shops in TO). SOMA's own brand is wonderful, and one of the best for both eating and cooking has to be Scharffen Berger's 70% bittersweet bar.

          1. Whole Foods sells pieces of good quality dark chocolate by weight. You can buy it by the pound. Much cheaper for baking purposes than the smaller packaged artisanal bars but still good for chipping off a chunk to munch on.