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Callebaut cocoa powder PHX/SCT

PopcornSally Sep 23, 2009 08:38 AM

I have a chocolate cake recipe I want to make soon. I would like to use Callebaut cocoa powder but not sure where to find it in the Valley. I live near Cave Creek-- I'm willing to drive a ways, but not a crazy long distance (>35 mi). I know there must be places here that carry high end groceries/baking ingredients. You'd think AJ's would, but no! They only have Hershey's and Nestle's cocoa. I also saw that there was a Callebaut shop in Kierland Commons, but I think maybe it has closed?

Thanks in advance!

  1. PopcornSally Sep 23, 2009 03:50 PM

    Thanks for the ideas! I went out shopping at a few places today and thought I would share my findings with my fellow, and future, Chowhounds.

    AJ's at Pima/Pinnacle Peak: regular Hershey's and Nestle's cocoa

    Whole Foods at Raintree: Droste (supposed to be good), Green and Black's, Sharffenberger, Ghirardelli, Dagoba and a couple others that were not appealing to me so I don't remember them. Whole Foods at Scottsdale/101 does not carry Callebaut either (I called).

    Sweet Basil at Scottsdale/Shea: no cocoa powder at all

    Sur la Table at Kierland: no Callebaut. I just phoned to ask, so not sure what kinds they stock.

    Safeway at Ashler Hills and Scottsdale: Hershey's Special Dark (also supposed to be good), Ghirardelli and I think regular Hershey's, maybe Nestle's.

    **As an interesting aside, the Safeway mentioned above also carries Nabisco's Famous Wafers (chocolate wafer cookies)! I swear they didn't have them before because I searched high and low and could never find them.

    I'm going to keep looking for Callebaut and I will let you know what I find. In the mean time I'm gonna try Green and Black's and Hershey's Special Dark.

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      mdepsmom Sep 23, 2009 02:05 PM

      If you are willing to substitute Sharffen Berger (sp.) for the Callebaut, they sell SB at AJ's (at least they do at the one near me - FLW & Thompson Peak).

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        emmaAmethyst Sep 23, 2009 12:18 PM

        Yeah, the Callebaut chocolate shop moved out of Kierland several years ago, & moved to less expensive digs at Pima & FLW. However, I believe that location closed over the summer.

        Call Sur le Table at Kierland -- I may have seen it there. And if they don't have Callebaut, they may have Scharffenberger or another of the high quality ones. (Note that some of the high-end cocoa powders come as "sweetened" or "unsweetened", so be sure to specify which you need.)

        Did you check the AJs at Pinnacle Peak & Pima? (Or just the one further north on Pima.) In my experience, they sometimes have things that the other branches don't. My only other thought, a longshot, would be Whole Foods. (Again, I find that the Tatum/Shea branch has more depth than the Scottsdale/101.)

        Unfortunately, if you have your heart set on the Callebaut, I'm afraid you may be into "order it on the internet" territory.

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