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Jan 30, 2008 10:49 PM

High Quality Chocolate Vendor in Baltimore

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. 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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    1. re: scarlet starlet

      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 and they have 65%, 72% and 83% bars.

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

    2. 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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      1. re: JonParker

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

        1. re: bmorecupcake

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

          1. re: JonParker

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

      2. 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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        1. re: KAZ

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

          1. re: charmedgirl

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

            1. re: Hal Laurent

              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.

              1. re: Hal Laurent

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

                1. re: KAZ

                  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.

                  1. re: KAZ

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

                    1. re: KAZ

                      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.

                      1. re: KAZ

                        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.

                  2. re: KAZ

                    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.)

                    1. re: KAZ

                      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.

                      1. re: sweetpotater

                        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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