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I am looking for a Parver dark chocolate mini chunks or chips. Now that Whole Foods discontinued their dark chocolate mini chunks, I am stuck using sub-par kosher brands. Any ideas?

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Twinsx2mom Oct 7, 2013 08:14 PM

I am looking for a Parver dark chocolate mini chunks or chips. Now that Whole Foods discontinued their dark chocolate mini chunks, I am stuck using sub-par kosher brands. Any ideas?

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    Rivkie Mar 24, 2014 05:39 PM

    I was snooping in this forum and noticed that someone wrote they use Ghirdelli for kiddushes. Please check with the ou or your local kashrus agency. It's probably milchig!!

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      queenscook Mar 24, 2014 05:59 PM

      Many shuls have milchig kiddushes.

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      Twinsx2mom Jan 15, 2014 03:23 PM

      So far, I like the Enjou Life dark chocolate morsels. If you email the company, they send out $1 coupons.

      Thanks for the info about the Whole Foods Peruvian Choc Chips!

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        Twinsx2mom Dec 14, 2013 08:26 PM

        Good news! Enjoy Life came out with dark chocolate morsels. They are 69% cocoa.

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          helou Dec 15, 2013 10:23 AM

          Just bought at Wegman's the mega-chunks - they're not that mega, about 3/8-1/2 inch squarish rectangle. They had min-chips too

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            IsItkosher Jan 15, 2014 03:07 PM

            I found those in Whole Foods http://shop.equalexchange.coop/chocolate/chocolate-chips.html. $5.99 per bag. Kosher Parve under Kosher Peru - http://www.kosherperu.com.

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            maga Nov 21, 2013 11:21 AM

            I finally managed to get my hands on the new Enjoy Life dark chocolate morsels -- 69%, vs. 70% for the Whole Foods chunks. It's pretty good.

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              Stardustgirl Oct 19, 2013 05:48 PM

              Michel Cluizel makes chips (they call them minigrammes) that contain "Cocoas, Cane Sugar, Cocoa butter, Bourbon Vanilla Pod" - no dairy (and soy-free, which was what I was searching for). The taste is excellent. There are 72% and 85% versions available.

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                JackieR Oct 19, 2013 05:54 PM

                THANK YOU!!!!! Will look for them.

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                  Twinsx2mom Oct 19, 2013 06:26 PM

                  Where do you buy them?

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                    Stardustgirl Oct 20, 2013 03:39 AM

                    I buy mine from worldwidechocolate.com , but I think other online chocolate sellers may have them too.

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                    sharonfl Oct 19, 2013 06:49 PM

                    Are these kosher certified? I looked them up and couldn't find any information relative to this. I'm sure it's a fine product, but the price would make them an occasional splurge.

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                      Stardustgirl Oct 20, 2013 03:44 AM

                      I'm not sure about their certification, but have read that Cluizel recently began making some certified kosher chocolates at a new place in New Jersey. It may be worth an email to them to ask.

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                        koshergourmetmart Oct 21, 2013 07:22 PM

                        Michel Cluziel chocolate chunks/chips are not kosher certified by the OU. they have ou certified kosher cocoa powder, chocolate nibs, cocoa butter, praline saveurs. Taza makes chocolate chunks ou pareve. Taza's stuff is very unique with an interesting texture. It is kind of grainy.

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                    Twinsx2mom Oct 19, 2013 04:18 PM

                    I drafted a brief note to customer service at Whole Foods. Please feel free to copy/paste:

                    I am very disappointed that you discontinued the 365 Dark Chocolate mini chunks. It is very hard to find a vegan/parve chocolate bit that is of high quality. Please bring them back. I know many people who would be very happy. Thank you.

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                      JackieR Oct 19, 2013 04:44 PM

                      To whom did you send it?

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                        Twinsx2mom Oct 19, 2013 04:54 PM

                        Go to the main site. On the top it lists customer service. There is a pulldown menu which has 365 products.

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                          JackieR Oct 19, 2013 05:01 PM

                          So weird. I could only find a way to contact customer svc at a specific store and not the corporate entity.

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                            Twinsx2mom Oct 19, 2013 05:09 PM

                            I replied to the store in NY on UWS. I think that store has a lot of clout.

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                              JackieR Oct 19, 2013 05:15 PM

                              I live on uws too and will do the same. and ask some friends to as well.

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                      JackieR Oct 18, 2013 01:21 PM

                      I was at Whole Foods today hoping that there were a few straggling packages of the bittersweet chinks left. GONE. Gone. They dont seem to offer a reasonable substitute even for people for whom pareve is an issue. So wondering if we can get an email writing campaign going.

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                        Twinsx2mom Oct 18, 2013 01:36 PM

                        I spoke to the consumer affairs rep at EnjoyLife. she said that EnjoyLife is producing a dark chocolate chip. It should be available within 2 weeks.

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                          JackieR Oct 18, 2013 01:46 PM

                          I know there are other options available, but, although I haven't tried EnjoyLife, I dont generally like the pareve dark chips I've tried except for the lamented whole foods. Too sweet, too grainy or both.

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                          Twinsx2mom Oct 19, 2013 04:00 PM

                          I would be happy to participate in an emai campaign. Not sure if it would work .. It didn't do anything for the TJ chips. Please feel free to make suggestions.

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                            JackieR Oct 19, 2013 04:17 PM

                            I went on WF site on Friday. Interestingly, they dont have an obvious way to co tact WF corporate. I can find that info but it wasn't happening fri. I will let you know what I find out and maybe we can all write to them.

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                          sharonfl Oct 17, 2013 06:48 PM

                          I just ran across Chatfields double dark chocolate chips. They are parve, 70% cocoa. They come in 10 oz bags and are available from Amazon. They also make a lower cocoa chip. I haven't either product, but it sounds what you are looking for. Chocolate Dream as others have mentioned also shows up online. Hope it works out!

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                            lburrell Oct 10, 2013 02:48 PM

                            OK, here's a challenge for you. I just received my copy of Fran Costigan's Vegan Chcocolate. On page 290 she lists resources for, among other items, vegan chocolate. Please note she doesn't always say which are kosher (Taza, for example is certified kosher by the Orthodox Union, and it's listed, but not noted as kosher.) She has very high standards about her ingredients, both quality and being truly dairy free.
                            My challenge is that you take a look at the book to check the resources and see whether you can resist buying the book. Amazing photos of incredibly delicious desserts of all kinds, all dairy free!! You can find it at a book store, and probably even on Amazon you can search and peek at the resources, but if you start browsing, I don't see how you could resist buying!!

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                              koshergourmetmart Oct 21, 2013 07:23 PM

                              taza became kosher recently probably after the book was published

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                                lburrell Oct 21, 2013 11:29 PM

                                Actually, we've been buying kosher Taza for over a year or more, since a friend brought some back from Boston and we discovered it. It has recently changed certifications to OU, but as long as we've seen it here in Berkeley, it's always been kosher certified. It's a great dark chocolate especially if you like a grainy texture. The book, on the other hand was just published.

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                                  koshergourmetmart Oct 22, 2013 03:30 PM

                                  what about scharffenberger chocolate chunks?

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                                    EmpireState Oct 22, 2013 04:19 PM

                                    These are OU D.

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                                      koshergourmetmart Oct 22, 2013 05:30 PM

                                      they may say oud but o would check with the ou to see if they are really dairy or dairy equipment/. bittersweet chocolate should have no dairy in them

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                                        lburrell Oct 22, 2013 07:03 PM

                                        These days because of allergy issues when chocolate is processed in a plant that has dairy equipment, the label will also inform whether the contents are "processed in a plant that also processes ..." to identify and will describe whether they "may contain traces." If chunks are an issue, you can buy the bars. My bittersweet dark chocolate Scharffen Berger bar is OU and could be chopped into chuinks.

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                              lburrell Oct 8, 2013 07:22 PM

                              You might try Chocolate Dream, made by Hain. Certified kosher parve and vegan. I buy my locally here in Berkeley where it's fairly easy to find vegan products. if you can't buy it where you are, there are a number of online sites. Probably even Amazon.

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                                Twinsx2mom Oct 8, 2013 08:07 PM

                                Thanks.

                              2. queenscook Oct 8, 2013 02:08 PM

                                Last time I checked, Shop-Rite brand was parve, but I don't know if they will meet your standards. They are fine for my needs, but so are some of the so-called haimish brands, so I might not be as particular as you.

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                                  Twinsx2mom Oct 8, 2013 03:42 PM

                                  You hit the nail on the head! I am very particular. I use Callebaut or Sharffenberger for chocolate mousse. I got spoiled by the high cocoa content in Whole Foods dark chocolate chunks. Too bad they are discontinued. Thanks anyway.

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                                    EmpireState Oct 22, 2013 04:21 PM

                                    Sorry this doesn't answer your question but where do you buy pareve Callebaut?

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                                      koshergourmetmart Oct 22, 2013 05:27 PM

                                      you can get it online. it comes in a big bar of 11 lbs

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                                        EmpireState Oct 22, 2013 06:45 PM

                                        I know. I thought that perhaps it is sold in smaller sizes. Thanks.

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                                          Stardustgirl Oct 22, 2013 11:10 PM

                                          I saw it at Whole Foods in smaller chunks that had been broken off the bigger slabs (similar to what they do with cheese). It wasn't with the baking items, but on its own endcap.

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                                    lburrell Oct 8, 2013 07:24 PM

                                    Based on your posts over the years, anything good enough for you would be good enough for me.

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                                      cheesecake17 Oct 9, 2013 06:51 AM

                                      I buy the shoprite chips too. Before the holidays, they were sold out- people were buying 8 or 10 bags each!

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                                        DevorahL Oct 9, 2013 08:17 AM

                                        What is the quality like for the Shoprite brand? Is it real chocolate or "chocolate flavored" like a lot of the Jewish brands? A lot of store brands are actually the same product as major label brands, so you can sometimes get great results with them!

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                                          Twinsx2mom Oct 9, 2013 10:24 AM

                                          Thx Devorah, but U don't really like semisweet choc chips. I like dark chocolate. I just found out Enjoylife brand came out with dark choc chunks. So excited!!!! They should be in stores soon.

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                                            maga Oct 10, 2013 09:22 AM

                                            Are you talking about the Mega Chunks? They've been out for a while, I've had them; not bad, but the Whole Foods chunks were much better. Also, these are about four times the size of the Whole Foods chunks.

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                                              Twinsx2mom Oct 10, 2013 12:35 PM

                                              No, it's a new dark chocolate chip nit semi-sweet. I loved the WF dark chocolate chunks. I was disappointed when they were discontinued.

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                                        cheesecake17 Oct 8, 2013 11:13 AM

                                        Wegmans brand is OU parve.

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                                          maga Oct 8, 2013 10:30 AM

                                          I believe Chocolate Dream also makes pareve chips. (I stocked up on the Whole Foods chunks, but I'm going through them alarmingly quickly...)

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                                            lburrell Oct 7, 2013 09:53 PM

                                            I am vegan and we keep kosher. We are currently using "enjoylife" brand and find it satisfactory. Some of this depends on what you want to use the chocolate for. For some uses you can replace the chips or chunks with cocoa and oil. For some you can shave off chocolate from a gourmet baking chocolate.
                                            If you are making cookies that require chips or chunks, I suggest searching for vegan chocolate. Many, if not most of the vegan brands are also certified kosher. You can order them online. I even found kosher, vegan white chocolate online.

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                                              Miri1 Oct 7, 2013 10:39 PM

                                              I forgot about the vegan chips! Yes, some are really good.i think obe s called Sunspire? Its been a while since I've bought any.

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                                                Twinsx2mom Oct 8, 2013 04:17 AM

                                                Thanks for the suggestion, but I didn't like EnjoyLife brand chunks. The consistency was not great. Callebaut makes dark chocolate chips, but I think they are dairy. Their bulk bars are Parve.

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                                                  DevorahL Oct 8, 2013 09:12 AM

                                                  I was going to suggest Callebaut bars. The disappearance of the high quality parve chocolate chip is a sad tale indeed.

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                                                    AdinaA Oct 8, 2013 10:06 AM

                                                    Oh how I wish Callebaut would make parve, certified chips.

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                                                Twinsx2mom Oct 7, 2013 08:14 PM

                                                Oops, meant parve.

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                                                  Miri1 Oct 7, 2013 09:48 PM

                                                  I like to chop up good chocolate bars for use in baking. Intypically do this after Pesach because I buy way too much chocolate. I can chop the bars into whatver size I like, and the bits that break off or 'shavs'monff, are either mixed right into the dough, or necome a snack for me. :)

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