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blackpippi Oct 3, 2012 11:42 AM

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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    2stitches RE: blackpippi Oct 7, 2012 05:13 PM

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

    http://www.blommer.com/

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      Sailor1 RE: blackpippi Oct 16, 2012 06:43 PM

      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. splatgirl RE: blackpippi Oct 17, 2012 09:46 AM

        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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          Sailor1 RE: splatgirl Oct 17, 2012 05:18 PM

          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!

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          cook262 RE: blackpippi Oct 17, 2012 05:25 PM

          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!

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            HillJ RE: blackpippi Oct 18, 2012 05:20 AM

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

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              2stitches RE: HillJ Oct 20, 2012 11:08 AM

              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.

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                HillJ RE: 2stitches Oct 20, 2012 11:11 AM

                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.

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                  rasputina RE: 2stitches Dec 7, 2012 02:34 PM

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

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                    2stitches RE: rasputina Dec 7, 2012 03:21 PM

                    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.

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                      sandylc RE: 2stitches Dec 7, 2012 03:36 PM

                      on backorder :-(

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                        2stitches RE: sandylc Dec 7, 2012 04:25 PM

                        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.

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                  Sailor1 RE: HillJ Oct 20, 2012 01:51 PM

                  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.

                3. tcamp RE: blackpippi Oct 18, 2012 05:42 AM

                  I just mentioned this to my spouse, primary shopper and chocolate lover. He buys the nestles chips and eats some every day. He's going to Costco momentarily to track the Kirkland ones down.

                  1. splatgirl RE: blackpippi Nov 25, 2012 11:09 AM

                    I just conducted a blind tasting of these and the Barry Callebaut semisweet chips from King Arthur I mentioned upthread.
                    The two brands are noticeably different. The Callebaut are more buttery tasting and with a little better texture, and also a little more perfectly shaped vs. the Kirlkland which has a darker chocolate taste, seems a little slower to melt and is grainier. They're really pretty great though. S.O. says the Kirkland have more flavor.

                    Price-wise:
                    Callebaut--$24.95 plus shipping for a 3 lb. bag.
                    Kirkland--$6.99 for 3.5lbs.
                    Seems like a no brainer given the above. Against Nestle, the Callebaut seemed outstanding enough to warrant the occasional splurge, but vs. the very good Kirkland there's just no way I can justify the huge price difference.
                    Yay Costco. These rank right up there with the big rolls of parchment paper and jumbo size Cascade detergent as the bargains that keep me shopping there despite the misery of the experience.

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                      cheesymama RE: blackpippi Nov 25, 2012 12:08 PM

                      Anyone seen these at a Canadian location? Specifically in the GTA.

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                        Hockysan RE: blackpippi Dec 5, 2012 08:51 PM

                        Because I was dipping 100 peanut butter balls for an event at our elementary school and because I didn't want to spend a fortune on ingredients, I pulled out the bag of Kirkland Semi-sweet chocolate chips expecting a mediocre experience. My immediate reaction was just how they tasted similar to the Guittard I've had in years past. Wow - I've never been so impressed with the performance of a chip in my ilfe. I mixed 24 oz and 3 Tbsp. Crisco (per my recipe) and slowly heated over a double boiler. I dipped all 100 in just over 20 minutes because it was so very fluid to work with. I can't wait to taste the final product, but alone, the chocolate tastes darker than 51% but still sweet enough for my palate. I can't wait to try them in other recipes! I created a Chow account just to add to this thread.

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                          pine time RE: Hockysan Dec 7, 2012 02:18 PM

                          Welcome, and thanks for your report. Going to CostCo tomorrow--these are on my list now!

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                          sandylc RE: blackpippi Dec 5, 2012 08:59 PM

                          Don't be scared by the "chocolate liquor" ingredient; this is the term for pure liquid chocolate that hasn't been made into anything yet.

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                            aynrandgirl RE: blackpippi Dec 7, 2012 05:03 PM

                            I too am a big fan of Guittard chocolate chips, but of the milk chocolate variety. Is the Kirkland only available in dark chocolate?

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                              2stitches RE: aynrandgirl Dec 7, 2012 05:08 PM

                              Kirkland is only semi-sweet.

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