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Great deal on Bulk chocolate at Ocean State!

For those who are interested, I just picked up a 5 lb. wholesale bag of Scharfenberger 70% bittersweet chocolate at Ocean State Job Lot for 10 bucks. It's got a "short date", meaning it's supposedly best by June 2009, but I opened it up and it's great, and, as you may know, high cocoa mass chocalate will really last for years.

I never see this for less than $9 a pound, so this is the best deal I've found in a while. I'm tempted to buy another, but what will I do with 10 pounds of chocolate?

BTW, I got mine at the Ocean State store in Foxboro, but I'm told they have them at other stores as well. I'd recommend calling in advance.

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  1. Already picked mine up! Did you also notice the whole vanilla beans? Four varieties from around the world - 9 beans for $5.

      1. re: trufflehound

        I thought you were never supposed to freeze chocolate and just keep it in a cool dry dark place.

      2. None to be found at the one in Beverly.

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          1. re: alwayscooking

            went to the Quincy store yesterday and there was none to be had!

          2. re: StriperGuy

            I got mine in Danvers. Found the vanilla too. Yesterday they had smaller bags of the Scharfenberger milk chocolate in the repackaged "angel treats" bags too.

            1. re: StriperGuy

              If you mean the one in Danvers, they were there, on an end cap in the food area, as of Thursday the 14th.

            2. Just an update - as of Friday the 15th of May the Quincy Ocean State had several boxes of the bags of 5lb. bittersweet 70% chocolate. The Randolph store had fewer bags, but some of them were unsweetened 99%.

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              1. re: chowfamily

                Dropped by the North Quincy location, and no luck, though I was able to find some Chocolate Santander bars and a small box of their chocolate shavings cocoa drink at 65% cacao. Also found a lone, random bar of Hachez at 77% cacao. Wouldn't have bought the Hachez if it weren't for the fact that it's a strawberry and pepper flavored bar. Was too curious to pass up for a $1.50.

                1. re: kobuta

                  We have a lot of the Hachez at the Danvers location. I bought several flavors and find it a bit dry.

                  1. re: kobuta

                    Yikes, that's too bad. They were in boxes on an end cap, in line with the registers and adjacent to the food section, and there were quite a few when I was there.

                    1. re: kobuta

                      They were definately there Sunday morning, and lots of them. I found the bags (bittersweet, semisweet and unsweetened) on an end cap as I walked up the aisle from the food section to the cash registers. They are at the end of the aisle that usually has nuts/chocolate/cookies. I walked by them a couple of times - they are in large silver bags.

                      1. re: EmmaFrances

                        Maybe I'll go check again tonight. I tried looking around the entire food section, and close to the registers and nothing jumped out at me, but I didn't know what they looked like, so maybe I just missed them. I wouldn't mind another box of the Santander chocolate shavings drink anyway.

                        1. re: kobuta

                          They are silver foil bags with fairly small plain white labels, easy to miss. They are five pound bags though, so they're pretty tall. The Danvers store was restocked when I went in yesterday and they'd added the unsweetened.

                          1. re: kobuta

                            I got two bags of the bittersweet in Danvers - didnt see any unsweetened, but I will check again Tuesday. Couldn't resis a bar of Santander passion fruit! Thank you all for the tip about the Scharfenberger's.

                    2. As of Tuesday night, the Quincy Ocean State had a good amount of bags--semi, bitter and unsweetened. They were located just as EmmaFrancis described. Thanks for the tip!

                      1. None at the Pawtucket, RI store when I checked tonight. But they did have Cadbury Fingers and Luxury Cookies made in the UK for $2/box. :-D

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                        1. re: Scruffy The Cat

                          The Pawtucket store had them when I was there last Wednesday, but they were hard to find, near the corner on the bottom shelf, away from the rest of the chocolate. Worth trying again, I think.

                          1. re: winedude

                            We're talking the one on Pawtucket Ave? Which corner? I asked someone but she didn't have the foggiest idea what I was talking about. :-( I got my 10 lb bag of Bensdorp cocoa from Marty's- now I need my 5 lb bag of chocolate from OSJL to keep it company!

                            1. re: Scruffy The Cat

                              Yup, the one on Pawtucket Ave. You walk in to the store, take a hard left, and it was in the corner closest to the front, on the bottom shelf. Big silver bags, with relatively small labels.

                              If they're out, it's worth driving to another store.

                        2. Have their been any recent sightings? I'm planning on going to the Pawtucket Ave. OSJL tomorrow and still have hopes of giant bags of chocolate chips and vanilla beans. (Not to mention dirt cheap Cadbury cookies made in the UK)

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                          1. re: Scruffy The Cat

                            I saw the bags of 70% cocoa baking squares on Wednesday at the OSJL in Foxboro, right off of Rte 95, and only about 15 minutes north of Pawtucket. There were a bunch of them.