Where can I buy couverture chocolate in Toronto?
I love the advent calendar that CHOW is running and want to try making the chocolate covered caramels. I also want to use good chocolate, and according to the recipe they suggest couverture. But I'm having a hard time finding it so far.
I work at Yonge & College and live at Lansdowne & Bloor. Any suggestions for places around these areas? I tried the Nuthouse and they did have some Belgian baking chocolate but wasn't sure if that's the same thing or similar (I don't think it is).
Depending on how much you're making plain Lindt Chocolate (either the dark or milk) are couverture. Belgian baking chocolate is Not. Also if you have any grocery stores that sell PC products near you I had some success last year with they're giant chocolate bars. They weren't couv but better than any kind of baking chocolate. Also I'd recommend them because if this is your first foray into chocolate making it'll be a little more forgiving. (Also cheaper last year the dark chocolate was 750g for $7.99)
If you really want to go with Couverture chocolate your best bets are the basement of St. Lawrence Market. They have pretty good prices and they'll help you out. Also I believe there's a bulk store around Bloor and Dovercourt that should have decent chocolate.
Sorry if that was too long I love working with chocolate!
If you're driving, McCall's store, called McCall's School of Cake Decoration, at 3810 Bloor West has always carried couverture tablets. This is the McCall's store--it's at Six Points, if that's any help: http://www.mccalls.ca/index.asp
I see they also operate a warehouse in Mississauga, but haven't been there.
Whole Foods carries a variety of Couverture options. You can also buy it at the chocolate shop in Kensington Market, the name of which I can never remember.