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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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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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  1. Oops, meant parve.

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    1. re: Twinsx2mom

      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. :)

    2. 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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      1. re: lburrell

        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.

        1. re: lburrell

          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.

          1. re: Twinsx2mom

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

            1. re: DevorahL

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

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

          1. Wegmans brand is OU parve.

            1. 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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              1. re: queenscook

                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.

                1. re: Twinsx2mom

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

                  1. re: EmpireState

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

                    1. re: koshergourmetmart

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

                      1. re: EmpireState

                        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.

                2. re: queenscook

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

                  1. re: queenscook

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

                    1. re: queenscook

                      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!

                      1. re: DevorahL

                        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.

                        1. re: Twinsx2mom

                          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.

                          1. re: maga

                            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.

                    2. 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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                      1. re: lburrell

                        Thanks.

                      2. 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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                        1. re: lburrell

                          taza became kosher recently probably after the book was published

                          1. re: koshergourmetmart

                            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.

                            1. re: lburrell

                              what about scharffenberger chocolate chunks?

                              1. re: koshergourmetmart

                                These are OU D.

                                1. re: EmpireState

                                  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

                                  1. re: koshergourmetmart

                                    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.

                        2. 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!

                          1. 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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                            1. re: JackieR

                              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.

                              1. re: Twinsx2mom

                                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.

                              2. re: JackieR

                                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.

                                1. re: Twinsx2mom

                                  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.

                              3. 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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                                1. re: Twinsx2mom

                                  To whom did you send it?

                                  1. re: JackieR

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

                                    1. re: Twinsx2mom

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

                                      1. re: JackieR

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

                                        1. re: Twinsx2mom

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

                                2. 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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                                  1. re: Stardustgirl

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

                                    1. re: Stardustgirl

                                      Where do you buy them?

                                      1. re: Twinsx2mom

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

                                      2. re: Stardustgirl

                                        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.

                                        1. re: sharonfl

                                          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.

                                          1. re: Stardustgirl

                                            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.

                                      3. 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.

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

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                                          1. re: Twinsx2mom

                                            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

                                            1. re: Twinsx2mom

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

                                            2. 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!

                                              1. 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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                                                1. re: Rivkie

                                                  Many shuls have milchig kiddushes.