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Best dairy-free chocolate chips?

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AdinaA May 22, 2012 08:35 AM

What is the finest parve baking chocolate ship now available?

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    DeisCane RE: AdinaA May 22, 2012 08:38 AM

    Shop Rite's is very good.

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      sharonfl RE: DeisCane May 22, 2012 08:44 AM

      Haven't used as many brands other than Trader Joe's (a"h), but for a really fine quality chip if I want to go all out, I use the 365 brand (Whole Foods) dark chocolate mini chunks. They are 70 percent cocoa. I think they might have a lower cocoa content chip there too, but I haven't looked lately.

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        DeisCane RE: sharonfl May 22, 2012 08:45 AM

        Yes, those are excellent, but pricey.

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          AdinaA RE: DeisCane May 22, 2012 09:38 AM

          Thanks. I don't go to Whole Foods often, they have replaced most of the kosher brands they used to carry with store brands that are not supervised. But the nearest Whole Foods ids a lot closer than the nearest Shoprite, so I guess I'll go there.

          I'll miss you, Joe.

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      superdanni RE: AdinaA May 22, 2012 02:43 PM

      Whole Foods vegan chocolate chips are pareve and very, very good.

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        goldZ RE: AdinaA May 22, 2012 04:05 PM

        Rabbi Don Yoel Levy was interviewed at length and gives details why the hashgocha was changed. You can read it here:
        http://collive.com/show_news.rtx?id=2...

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          AdinaA RE: goldZ May 22, 2012 04:36 PM

          Yeah, the interview ran at Voz iz neias. The thing is, Trader Joe needs to get the plant to change the production line back to the old way, because the chips were wonderful and the price was right.

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          sharonfl RE: AdinaA May 23, 2012 09:25 AM

          Besides the vegan chips, Whole Foods carries another brand called "Enjoy Life". It is parve, but more costly than the store brand. I have also found that brand at SuperTarget! Haven't tried it, but it is an option.

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            SoCal Mother RE: sharonfl May 24, 2012 08:31 AM

            My Ralph's carries them. They cost almost $5/bag.

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              sharonfl RE: SoCal Mother May 24, 2012 10:47 AM

              I'm sure there are regional differences. My SuperTarget charges $3.79.

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            sanekosher RE: AdinaA May 23, 2012 10:47 AM

            also if u live in the metroNY area...I had found parve choc chips at Fairway-in the organic section. Granted this was a while ago so they may no longer carry them (or they also may have crossed over into dairy!) They also were somewhat pricey-compared to TJ's. But now that I'm desperate, I may need to go back to them.

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              Bugg Superstar RE: AdinaA May 23, 2012 02:14 PM

              Tropical source!

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                chicago maven RE: AdinaA May 24, 2012 11:05 AM

                I understand from a rabbi that the chips may actually not be dairy, but only DE. You may want to consult with your LOR and ask his opinion.

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                  DeisCane RE: chicago maven May 24, 2012 11:10 AM

                  I am fairly sure that OK has a DE designation and has chosen not to use it. IMO, that means there's reason to believe there is dairy in the bag.

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                    chicago maven RE: DeisCane May 24, 2012 11:18 AM

                    True, but it is such a small amount it may be 'botel', nullified according to Jewish law. It's worth checking out.

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                      DeisCane RE: chicago maven May 24, 2012 11:26 AM

                      Since they are separate chips, would the botel (1/60) rule still apply? That is, maybe in the whole bag, there are 240 chips (wild guess) with less than 4 that are dairy, but if you grab 20 for a recipe, and 2 of them are dairy, then that's more than 1/60.

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                        chicago maven RE: DeisCane May 24, 2012 11:58 AM

                        If I understand correctly, the problem is that there may be dairy dust particles that get into the pareve packing process, so they arre not whole chips.

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                          queenscook RE: chicago maven May 24, 2012 02:39 PM

                          http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001...

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                            AdinaA RE: queenscook May 24, 2012 05:17 PM

                            Rabbi Yair Hoffman explains: http://www.vosizneias.com/106732/2012...

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                  magnoliamanorsweets RE: AdinaA May 25, 2012 03:02 PM

                  Have you tried Enjoy Life chocolate chips? We use them in the bakery, and we use Scharffenberger 99% dark chocolate for brownies. We bake gluten, dairy, soy and nut free. So these work well for us.

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