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Good price for bulk chocolate online or local?

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Runningchef Jan 28, 2011 09:01 AM

Hi!

I have been looking for an online or local (Nashville, TN) bulk chocolate retailer. In a perfect world, I would love to find excellent, high quality chocolate with an inexpensive price tag. Am I dreaming? :) I would prefer wafers to bars as I'll be using them in cookies. I'd love to be able to buy these in fairly large quantities.

Thanks!
Melissa

  1. chowser Jan 28, 2011 09:33 AM

    Trader Joe's Pound Plus bars are great and inexpensive for what you get. They're not wafers, though, so you have to chop.

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      magiesmom Jan 28, 2011 09:55 AM

      They're caullebaut, so worth chopping

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        Runningchef Jan 28, 2011 10:06 AM

        Thank you both! Just curious...what do they run per pound? I'm looking at starting a small side business, so would need to make sure it made sense for large quantity batches. :)
        Also, in your experience, do you prefer hand cut chunks or wider wafer like pieces of chocolate in your cookies? I know the Jacque Torres recipe recommends wafers.

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          Caitlin McGrath Jan 28, 2011 10:17 AM

          TJ's Pound Plus bars are around $6 for a 500g bar, just over 17 ounces. Can't beat the price, especially given that they are made by Callebaut.

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        mscoffee1 Jan 28, 2011 10:03 AM

        Yes, I use the Trader Joe's Plus too, although I feel that it is not as good as it was (maybe). I use my scale for it and many things (very useful). When I need "better" chocolate I use Valrhona (they have pieces as well as bars and cocoa). Callebaut and Valrhona I get at Sufas. I found that was the best price years ago, but I don't know now.

        http://www.culinarydistrict.com/Searc...

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          cookdebbie Jan 28, 2011 10:20 AM

          Hi. I bake professionally at times. My favorite all around chocolate is Callebaut. I buy it in 5 kilo blocks at The Restaurant Depot. There may be one in your area. A 5 kilo block runs around 30.00 and is available in unsweetened, bittersweet, milk, and white. I'm not sure about semi-sweet, as I use choc. chips for that.

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            Runningchef Jan 28, 2011 10:33 AM

            Thanks! I'm going to check out Sufa's and looks like there's a Restaurant Depot in Louisville, KY. Not a terribly long drive.

            Cookdebbie, what brand of chocolate chips do you use?

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