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High Quality Chocolate Vendor in Baltimore

bmorecupcake Jan 30, 2008 10:49 PM

Does anyone know here to buy high quality chocolate in Baltimore? I'm looking for brands like Valrhona, Scharffen Berger, Guittard, or similar quality brands. Thanks.

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  1. scarlet starlet RE: bmorecupcake Jan 31, 2008 02:54 AM

    Whole Food sells a variety of El Rey blocks and discs (ranging from 41%-73.5%). I had never used that brand before moving here from NYC but it is in fact excellent. I actually like it better than Guittard and Callebaut.

    I have occasionally seen Valrhona at Whole Foods, too.

    I was really surprised to see a variety of Scharffen Berger baking chocolates at Eddie's in Mt. Vernon.

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      pigtowner RE: scarlet starlet Jan 31, 2008 01:23 PM

      Whole foods also has Callebaut in big bars by the El Rey sometimes. I've used both in a number of different baking applications with very good success.

      Glarus chocolates are quite good also. I got a little sample box of 4 different truffles and really enjoyed them all. They were selling lots of bars of chocolates of different percentages, but I didn't try any. Just checked their website https://www.glaruschocolatier.com/bars/ and they have 65%, 72% and 83% bars.

      Good chocolate is so expensive. I can never quite get over it :)

    2. JonParker RE: bmorecupcake Jan 31, 2008 03:20 AM

      Kirchmayr's makes their own, and they're quite good. Their store is locate on Deerco Road, just off 83 at the Padonia Road exit.

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        bmorecupcake RE: JonParker Jan 31, 2008 03:50 AM

        I would love to try a local brand. Do you know if they have baking chocolate?

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          JonParker RE: bmorecupcake Jan 31, 2008 04:31 AM

          I don't know, but you could call and ask. The phone number is (410) 561-7705

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            bmorecupcake RE: JonParker Jan 31, 2008 05:02 AM

            I was getting pretty excited, but they do not sell baking chocolate. Oh well, off to Whole Foods or Mt Vernon.

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        KAZ RE: bmorecupcake Jan 31, 2008 04:43 AM

        Isn't there a new high end chocolatier in Inner Harbor East? I can't recall the name, but its right across the street from Bin 604.

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          charmedgirl RE: KAZ Jan 31, 2008 05:12 AM

          Glarus. But they're not new, they just moved downtown from (I think) Timonium.

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            Hal Laurent RE: charmedgirl Jan 31, 2008 05:43 AM

            Glarus still has the Timonium store. They opened the Inner Harbor East store a few months ago.

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              MarcDC RE: Hal Laurent Jan 31, 2008 06:34 AM

              I went there the other day and picked up a bag of hot cocoa (havent tried it yet)... theyre going to be doing something for valentine's day but theyre unsure about what it will specifically be.

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                KAZ RE: Hal Laurent Jan 31, 2008 07:41 AM

                Thanks. How's their chocolate? Should I assume the lack of comment to indicate a luke warm opinion of the product?

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                  Hal Laurent RE: KAZ Jan 31, 2008 08:13 AM

                  I like their chocolate a lot, but I don't consider myself a chocolate expert. It's supposed to be Swiss-style chocolate, if that means anything to you.

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                    MarcDC RE: KAZ Jan 31, 2008 08:42 AM

                    I havent tried the hot chocolate or any of their actual chocolate offerings yet so unfortunately I can't comment

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                      charmedgirl RE: KAZ Jan 31, 2008 03:04 PM

                      Oh, I didn't mean for my lack of comment to imply anything. I've had their truffles and found them to be very good, very high quality. Also very rich -- and if you knew me / my love for desserts, you'd know that is really saying something.

                      I didn't offer that though because it seemed like the OP was interested in baking chocolate, and I had no idea whether Glarus sold baking chocolate. Looks like from pigtowner's post that they do.

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                        MDS RE: KAZ Jan 31, 2008 07:05 PM

                        I've frequented Glarus' Timonium location since it first opened (I haven't visited their Inner Harbor store yet). Their chocolates are *wonderful*. Their seasonal cinnamon-ginger truffle is perhaps my favorite chocolate item, *ever*, and that's saying something, trust me. :) (I've begged for them to make it available year-round - in the warmer months they offer instead an also-terrific lavender truffle.)

                        Also, the couple that own the place and make everything themselves are the nicest folks you could ever meet - and they genuinely appreciate their customers.

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                    RichardCrystal RE: KAZ Jan 31, 2008 09:33 AM

                    KAZ, There's also Lindt on Pratt St. (Funny this should come up right now. I work on the Chocolate Affair every year and I'm running from chocalatier to chocolatier.)

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                      bmorecupcake RE: KAZ May 13, 2008 11:05 PM

                      Recently got to Glarus and I must say I absolutely loved their chocolate (for both eating and baking). I am not even close to an expert, but to my tastes it was easily comparable with Scharffen Berger. Thank you so much for bringing this shop to my attention.

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                      sweetpotater RE: bmorecupcake Jan 31, 2008 08:02 AM

                      Ma Petite Shoe in Hampden.

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                        scarlet starlet RE: sweetpotater Jan 31, 2008 09:32 AM

                        They have a great selection of chocolate bars but they don't really have chocolate for baking (ie, large blocks or discs in a variety of %ages)

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                        HilkaryIC RE: bmorecupcake Jan 31, 2008 03:53 PM

                        My friend told me about this place that sells shoes and high quality chocolate. I think its called Ma Petite Shoes. Haven't been there, but she loves it.

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                          pmody RE: HilkaryIC Feb 6, 2008 09:13 AM

                          i love ma petite shoe! it's right on the avenue in hampden. very cute, but i'm not sure if they sell baking chocolate. it seemed more like truffles, cocoa, and eating chocolates to me.

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                          Roland Parker RE: bmorecupcake Feb 1, 2008 03:55 AM

                          Wegmans sells Scharffen Berger. It's what I used for the Christmas cookies.

                          In Baltimore proper, Whole Foods is probably your best bet for high quality baking chocolates. I've heard very good reviews for Trader Joe's baking chocolates (which will be much cheatper than Scharffen or Valrhona).

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                            onocoffee RE: bmorecupcake Feb 7, 2008 04:28 AM

                            Glaurus is definitely an excellent chocolatier. I've been eating their chocolates for a few years now and Ben and Jennifer are really wonderful people.

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                              venera RE: bmorecupcake Feb 23, 2008 10:53 AM

                              To add to bmorecupcake's plea...

                              I just tried some Union Edel Chocolates that I picked up whilst shopping during a layover in Schipol airport. The extra dark chocolate green tea with lemon was out of this world!! Anyone ever seen it stateside?

                              It was 74% cocoa. Divine!

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                                PinkPika RE: bmorecupcake Feb 25, 2008 05:13 PM

                                There is also Cacao Lorenzo, a Chocolatier in Timonium on Pot Spring:

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                                  Suannepg13 RE: bmorecupcake Feb 26, 2008 09:17 AM

                                  Trader Joe's

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