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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

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  1. 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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    1. re: chowser

      They're caullebaut, so worth chopping

      1. re: magiesmom

        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.

        1. re: Runningchef

          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.

      2. re: chowser

        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...

        1. re: mscoffee1

          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.

          1. re: cookdebbie

            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?