Good places to buy Chocolate Bars?
In a thread about how to taste chocolate Gary Soup said.
>>> In SF, I've discovere that the best place for chocolate bars is not the conveniently located Fog City News, but Chocolate Covered, on 24th Street. FCN doesn't carry Domori, which is a sin, and they've come up with a different lame excuse each time I've asked them about that. Chocolate Covered has all the Domori Bars, including their recently acquired Chacao line of single-origin organic chocolates <<<
I know Bittersweet in SF and Oakland have a selection.
Blue Bottle sells a few Guittard Bars, especially the lovely Sur Del Lago. Only 2 or 3 types though.
I hear the Pasta Shop in Berkeley is also a good source.
LuluRae on College in Oakland next to La Farine has some bars including the Chuao.
The Spanish Table has a few like Dagoba. They seem to lean toward orgainic chocolate.
And, of course, there's always Trader Joe's.
Speaking of TJ's anyone found an unexpected source like, say Target, or their local market. I will tell you to skip the new Ghiradelli line at Raleys.
Any other places? Do some of these places sell unique bars no one else does?
They sell Guittard bars at Andronico's as well as some other bars. I've been not so into some of the other fancy bars I've bought there (pretty packages and good ingredients but they weren't as creamy as Guittard).
I've also found some bars (sorry I don't know the names) that I haven't seen before at Tower Market in SF. Kind of spendy, but nice to bring home something new. Cute packages on some of them too. Whole Foods selection is ok, nothing special though.
Chocolate Covered on 24th has the widest selection that I've seen so far but I always feel kind of ripped off after buying something there. Don't know why b/c I understand the costs of importing sustainably grown foreign chocolates, but I can't really justify $10 for "a" bar these days. I do buy gifts there sometimes or some of the more reasonably priced bars.
I think TJ's deserves more than a throw-away mention.
The range of chocolate bars at TJ's is good, and the prices can't be beaten. They have single-origin chocolates, organic chocolates, various European chocolates, SharffenBerger, and more. It really pays to peruse the shelves carefully, including the checkstand areas, especially since varieties come and go fairly frequently.