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Paraffin--where can I find it?

nissenpa Nov 30, 2007 10:06 AM

I'm doing some holiday baking and cannot locate any paraffin. I've checked Michael's, ACMoore, WF, TJ's, and the chain grocery stores.

I need a small piece to make the chocolate glossy.

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    cookiegirl Nov 30, 2007 10:47 AM

    How about Sur la Table? They sometimes have difficult to find baking ingredients. I didn't realize it would be that hard to find around here. I was sure Michael's or ACMoore would have it. Please post if you have any luck finding it.

    1. Gonzocook Nov 30, 2007 10:53 AM

      It's also used in home canning. I'm thinking maybe a Latino market or Shoppers Food Warehouse.

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      1. re: Gonzocook
        foodslut Nov 30, 2007 11:53 AM

        Grocery stores like Giant usually have it.

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        MikeR Dec 1, 2007 03:08 AM

        The way to get a small piece is to ask someone who does canning. Grocery and hardware stores sell it in blocks about handful sized for the purpose of sealing canning jars before closing them up. Look for canning supplies.

        The way grocery stores do their stocking these days, I'd expect it in a "working class" grocery store like Shoppers or Magruder's rather than a place like Balducci's where people buy canned goods in fancy glass jars rather than tin cans. <G>

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          chinkleDC Dec 1, 2007 08:16 AM

          I *know* I've picked up paraffin at Giant before. If it's with canning supplies, you could try Fischer's Hardware in Springfield (yes, hardware)... they've got LOTS of kitchen and canning supplies (on your left as you go in the door). I love that place. They're a smidge pricey, but I think it's worth it to support a store with such great customer service (i.e. NOT Home Depot or Lowe's).

          (update) I just looked at the blue box of Northland Wax (by Conros) that I have (that I got from Giant a couple years ago)... it doesn't actually SAY "paraffin" on the box, so maybe that's part of the confusion?

          Either way, I agree with chowser that if you can avoid using wax and just temper the chocolate for your dish, you'd probably have a better result.

          1. re: chinkleDC
            chinkleDC Dec 2, 2007 05:35 PM

            Update (2): Was at Fischer's today... they do have paraffin wax. :) $4.95/box

        2. chowser Dec 1, 2007 07:11 AM

          You can also temper chocolate to make it glossy and not add wax for that. I've seen it in the cake decorating sections of some party supply stores and at cake decorating stores. I go to one in Dale City (Amanda's) but if that's far for you, I've heard Fran's in Fairfax has more supplies.

          1. Gonzocook Dec 12, 2007 08:45 AM

            My wife was at Safeway (Harrison St., just off Lee Hwy, Arlington) this morning and reports that the woman ahead of her in the checkout line was buying paraffin there, for a chocolate candy recipe she was following. The cute part is, no one in the store could remember the price for it, so they just estimated.

            Another fading tradition, I guess.

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              Mirdith Dec 12, 2007 10:42 AM

              A friend told me today to look at Giant or such for it. She said it is also sometimes referred to as Gulf Wax.

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                alkapal Dec 12, 2007 01:41 PM

                i bought some gulf brand wax at the hardware store next to cherrydale safeway.

                is there any diiference in parrafins, e;g;, some food grade and others not?

                1. re: alkapal
                  nissenpa Dec 12, 2007 03:09 PM

                  Gulf Wax is the kind I bought at SFW.

                  1. re: alkapal
                    alkapal Dec 13, 2007 02:30 AM


                    will check labeled uses for gulf wax to see if include ingestion.....

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