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OK, I'm done with my fruitless scavenger hunt-- seeking Guittard choc-au-lait chips?

Mr Taster Jan 20, 2009 03:27 PM

Has anyone seen the Guittard's white chocolate baking chips (called "choc-au-lait" because by FDA criteria they cannot be called "white chocolate") for sale anywhere in Los Angeles?

I've seen the brand in Ralphs supermarkets and Cost Plus, but I've seen everything from regular chocolate to butterscotch to their unearthly green mint chips.... no white.

Help, hounds!

Mr Taster

  1. David Kahn Jan 20, 2009 04:16 PM

    Don't know about local, but I think they have them here: http://chocosphere.com/Html/Products/... .

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      Hailyn Jan 20, 2009 04:34 PM

      Nicole's in South Pasadena has them. www.nicolesgourmetfoods.com

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      1. re: Hailyn
        Mr Taster Jan 21, 2009 11:45 AM

        Great-- thank you so much!

        Mr Taster

      2. Emme Jan 20, 2009 08:01 PM

        You might ask CP if they'll order them...

        Other places to try might be Surfas, Bristol Farms, Smart'n'Final, and World Market....

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        1. re: Emme
          Mr Taster Jan 21, 2009 12:04 PM

          Cost Plus says they will not order. Surfas does not carry that brand. Did not see them at Gelson's.... haven't checked Bristol Farms or Smart & Final. But a call to Nicole's confirmed that they do indeed sell them both in bulk and in retail packages.

          Incidentally, I called the company directly and they were unable to tell me of anyone in LA who stocks them aside from Garvey Nut & Candy, and they only sell them in 50lb bags.

          Mr Taster

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            bad nono Jan 21, 2009 12:37 PM

            Have you tried calling Sur La Table? It may be closer to you than Nicole?

            1. re: bad nono
              Mr Taster Jan 22, 2009 09:45 AM

              Actually I spent all day searching for these chips.... the reason I came to consult with you chowhounds was because it was such an exhausting and fruitless endeavor that I was hoping someone would just know where to go.

              As per the title of this post, I'm done searching. Thanks Hailyn!! :)

              Mr Taster

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          pharmnerd Jan 21, 2009 01:16 PM

          Searched for the same at Trader Joes & Whole Foods a while back, to no avail. Settled on Ghiradelli white chips @ Ralphs.

          1. djaeger Jan 21, 2009 02:07 PM

            If you have anykind of business license and you dont mind buying in bulk I know that the Restaurant Depot has a wide variety of Guittard Chocolates. It is definitely worth checking out especially since they don't charge membership!

            1. Mr Taster Feb 3, 2009 08:27 AM

              UPDATE-- went out to Nicole's in South Pasadena. Phone call to a lady with a heavy French accent confirmed that the white chocolate chips they sold were Guittard, however they apparently buy them in bulk and repackage them in their own house labelled containers. Once at the store, I confirmed again with another employee that these were Guittard.

              These chips are very good, silky as they melt on the tongue, with a really pure white chocolate flavor (very often I find that white chocolate has a hard-to-describe "off", tannin-y sort of flavor that reminds me of the stuff they dip mini pretzels in and sell at the bulk stores at the mall.)

              I pulverized them in my processor with some Callebaut dutch process cocoa powder, powdered sugar and a pinch of salt to make a rich instant hot cocoa powder (per Cooks Illustrated recipe).

              Thanks again for your help!

              Mr Taster

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