Paraffin--where can I find it?
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.
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.
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>
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.
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.
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.