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Costco Kirkland Chocolate Chips

Just wanted to let everyone know that Costco (in Dedham Mass.) is carrying their own Kirkland brand of chcolate chips. Cost is $7 for 56 oz. which is about $1.50 per normal 12oz. bag.

Here's the ingredient list: chocolate liquor, sugar, soy lecithin, & vanilla.

I was originally put off by the Chocolate Liquor figuring it was an inferior ingredient. Don't ya know, my favorite chip is Guittard's Extra Dark Chocolate and the ingredient list is identical and the nutritional info is almost the same (give or take a gram of fiber and whatnot).

Tasting plain, the Guittard's seem fractionally more chocolatey to me though my husband was hard pressed to tell a difference. Given that Guittards are $4.50 a bag I think they will be hard to justify.

Unfortunately, I don't have any Toll House on hand for a more relevant taste test for most people.

Haven't baked with them yet, but will post when I do. I don't expect any surprises.

 
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  1. I was told that these are made by Blommer Chocolate Company.

    http://www.blommer.com/

    1. I bought these the other day, and am thrilled to report they are far superior to the Nestle's (Toll House) chips. I did have some on hand, and in a taste comparison (my husband participated as well) we agreed that Kirkland won the day by a long shot. On the front of the package it says 51% cacao & real vanilla, so maybe that's the difference. You can feel good about this purchase as well, since it's a fair trade product. The only downside might be for folks with allergens, as it is processed on equipment that handles nuts, wheat, milk, soybeans and eggs.

      1. Thanks for the info! I gave up on Toll House a few years ago when I realized they don't even taste like chocolate anymore. Lately I have been swooning over the Callebaut semi-sweet chips from King Arthur, which are AMAZING but really expensive, so I'm glad to hear of a potential alternative.

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        1. re: splatgirl

          Try them. I promise you won't be disappointed! I was eating them straight from the bag with pretzels last night - yum! Whoever said you get what you pay for hasn't tried these, as they're worth much more than they cost!

        2. My favorite store brand is Trader Joe's. Hands down. Much less expensive and tastier than the name brands. Just moved from a town where TJs is 15 min away to one where TJs is 2 hours away. Am back visiting friends in my old neighborhood and my errand list tomorrow includes a trip to TJs to get those chips ...YUM!

          1. Could you describe the size of these chocolate chips, blackp. Pea, dime, nickel size chips?

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            1. re: HillJ

              These chips are on the smaller side. They are very pretty and well-formed. IMHO, they are better tasting than Nestles and the current Trader Joe's chocolate chips (I wonder if they changed vendors). I'm sad that Costco no longer carries the Ghirardelli Bittersweet, which was my favorite, but much more expensive.

              1. re: 2stitches

                2stitches, thank you. The Ghirardelli bittersweet might come back as we get closer to the holidays. I like them as well. I was hoping the Kirkland version would be dime to nickel size. I prefer a disk-chip in large cookies.

                1. re: 2stitches

                  Yes, I'm disappointed they aren't carrying the Ghirardelli Bittersweet anymore.

                  1. re: rasputina

                    Cost Plus World Market currently has this on sale with free shipping. http://www.worldmarket.com/product/gh...
                    I believe the sale price is similar to Costco's price last year.

                      1. re: sandylc

                        You can still check out with the sales price. They won't ship for 2 weeks or so. Also, if you join their explorer club, you can get an additional 10% off.

                2. re: HillJ

                  They're the same size as the Nestles. My teenager asked me to make chocolate chip pancakes (his addiction) for him yesterday, & got out the remainder of the Nestles. I asked him if he didn't want to try the new "good chips" (Kirkland), & he said "Nestles are amazing. They can't be better than Nestles." He ate those words - literally, & is now in complete agreement.