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Nov 20, 2013 11:07 AM

No Pound Plus 72% at TJs??????

Is it happening in your area?

I haven't been able to get it for a month in Los Angeles and I'm panicking with the holidays coming up!!!!

I check with the manager every few days. It just isn't available at the warehouse and they have no idea when it will be back. They're guessing it's not discontinued but there's a new one with fruit and I'm terrified it's been replaced.

Anyone else finding this? Anyone know what's up?

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    1. re: weezieduzzit

      Fage Total 2% (yogurt)? Maybe its an auto spell check issue...

      1. re: carolinadawg

        not. even. close. That would be a HECK of an autospell glitch! :D

        1. re: drmoze

          Wow, thanks so much! Super helpful!

        1. re: MikeG

          72% Cacao chocolate in sizes larger than a pound?

        2. re: weezieduzzit

          No joke. How the hell are we supposed to know that?

          1. re: TroyTempest

            Because the "Pound Plus" bars have been standard TJs products (one of their best-known products) for decades? Although the 72 percent version is a somewhat more recent addition to the line. How do you know the name of any product?

            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              Ok. So now i have a TJ's in my town, going on 2 months now. So, i can start talking in code so that no one but the TJs insiders who have been going there for years can understand. Can't wait. Too bad for the rest of yal. I'm gonna be in the TJ's clique now. Woo Hoo.

              1. re: TroyTempest

                Sorry if the language was a little obtuse. I didn't realize it would be. …but then this topic wouldn't have any impact on anyone who didn't understand it either.

                In any case, now you can check over the freezer case for the Pound Plus bars. If you do any amount of baking or candy work you'll find they are a great and convenient resource.

              2. re: Ruth Lafler

                Adding the words "chocolate bars" to the title would have gone a long way towards creating clarity.

                1. re: paulj

                  LOL. You can get it from Amazon for only three times what it costs at TJ's (although that includes shipping).

            2. Pound Plus bars are 500g (half a kilo or just over a pound) of chocolate. They are specific to Trader Joe's but are purportedly Callebaut chocolate, repackaged for TJs. They are a GREAT source for high-quality yet inexpensive chocolate (I think they're $4.99, as compared to $10/lb for Callebaut at markets near me). I would hate to hear that they've been discontinued - I'll look the next time I'm in TJs. Luckily I have one in my pantry!

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              1. re: biondanonima

                I see. I know nothin' about chocolate!

                I'm on my way to TJ now, I'll ask.

                1. re: biondanonima

                  And they come in fruit flavors? I'm thinking we have an auto spell check issue here...

                  1. re: carolinadawg

                    I'm back, they said it is not discontinued but that they don't have a date it will be back in stock.

                    Carolinadawg, yes, they now have one with fruit in it, the clerk showed it to me.

                    1. re: carolinadawg

                      "And they come in fruit flavors? I'm thinking we have an auto spell check issue here…"

                      No. It's not fruit flavored. It's really good, really cheap chocolate. But it has come all along in;
                      • Dark
                      • Bittersweet
                      • Milk
                      • and then dark or milk with almonds

                      Now -- at the same time they can't get the 72% Bittersweet -- they have added dark chocolate with cranberries and other dried fruits (and possibly nuts too).

                      I'm concerned that the new one with dried fruit could be ushering in the retirement of Bittersweet. And this is the worst possible time of the year with holiday baking and gift making coming up. =o

                      1. re: rainey

                        Nah, it's just a new seasonal product. Perhaps the 72% chocolate might have been used for a lot of the new dark chocolate seasonal items and its taking a while to make more bars? I'll see what I can find out.

                        1. re: BigWoodenSpoon

                          That makes sense. I hope it proves to be the case but even the store personnel are shaking their heads at how long it's been since they were able to reorder.

                  2. Panicking? Terrified? Over a chocolate bar? Wow.

                    Just find someone with a business license who can get you into a Restaurant Depot (they're nationwide) and you can get the real thing (Callebaut) way cheaper.

                    You *will* probably have to buy the 10-lb bar, though.

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                    1. re: acgold7

                      OK. You caught me in blatant hyperbole.

                      But I do use 3-5 pounds of it for Christmas and I don't know anyone who could get me into Restaurant Depot.

                      Pound Plus *is* Callebaut and I doubt they sell it cheaper especially if I'd have to pay for twice what I'll use. I know the restaurant supply I *can* get into sells Callebaut pistoles of 70% for $11/lb. That's more than twice the price TJs charges.

                      So, you're perfectly right. The world isn't coming to an end and I can stop hyperventilating. But the fact remains I'll have to re-strategize Christmas giving and add a day of driving to all the other holiday things I have to do IF the PP doesn't show up at TJs in the next couple weeks.

                      1. re: rainey

                        I'm showing the BARRY CALLEBAUT 11LB DARK CHOCOLATE BLOCK at Depot for $33.27, or BARRY CALLEBAUT 5.5# DARK CHOCOLATE CALLETS at $17.07, so about $3/lb. If you want I can check to confirm that it is indeed 70% and if you like I can pick one up and ship it to you. There's one directly between my house and our restaurant about 5 minutes away and I'm there almost daily.

                        Anyone with a business license can get you into Depot and I know they have them in LA too.

                        TJ's also usually has those big broken hunks of Ghirardelli 60 or 70% dark, which is pretty good stuff too, all along the West Coast.

                        1. re: acgold7

                          Thanks. That's generous of you but I bet shipping would be expensive.

                          I'm crossing my fingers and, if I need to, I'll use the Dark chocolate which will be disappointing but not as tragic as I was pretending yesterday. ;>

                          1. re: rainey

                            Rainey I usually buy the 3pks of 72% dark chocolate, not for baking, but for consumption. I once contemplated buying the pound plus bar because I figured it would be a better deal, but it was only pennies less per ounce and not worth dealing with having to chop it up. So as a last resort, you may consider using the 3pk 72% if the pound plus shortage persists.

                            1. re: ohmyyum

                              I looked for them this afternoon as it turns out.

                              I was in a different TJs and one of the staff in that one told me all of their Belgian chocolate (he says they have different suppliers) is held up. He assumes it's an import issue.

                              They had very little of the Pound Plus left in any variety and none of the new one with the dried fruit.

                              Thanks for the suggestion. Looks like 54% cocao this Christmas.

                              1. re: rainey

                                When I don't need it in quantity, my regular chocolate purchase is the 3.5-oz fair trade organic 72% bars, and they're gone from the stores in my immediate area. Was told they'd not be back until after the holidays, though it was made to sound like an issue of space with all the holiday goodies coming in. Who knows, but bummer.

                                1. re: rainey

                                  Huh. My TJ's had lots of the bars with almonds/cranberries/ginger this weekend. I'm always dubious about staffers' claims about product unavailability. Sometimes I think they just don't know and are reporting speculation as fact.

                                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                    My TJs had the almond/cranberry/ginger bars not w/ the other Pound Plus bars; rather, they were mixed in w/ the holiday cookies. I bought one out of curiousity but haven't tried it yet.

                                    1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                      Hi Ruth,
                                      No really, the computer and weekly bulletin only give us minimal information about reasons for a item's availability. When something goes TOS (temporarily out of stock) Corporate rarely has a definite time table of when that item will come back into stock. And Customs does hold things up occasionally.
                                      At least the 72% Pound Plus bar is back, but I'll have to check on the 3 packs.

                                      1. re: BigWoodenSpoon

                                        Sorry, I didn't mean that they are not truthful about the item being TOS, only that sometimes they seem to make up the reason why or say something has been discontinued when it's just TOS or not available in their region.

                              2. re: acgold7

                                They haven't had those big broken chunks at my stores on the East coast in several years. I miss them.

                                1. re: RussTheRaccoon

                                  You know, it's been a while since I bought them, since I bought so many last time. I just used the last one. I'll have to check if they still have them out here.

                          2. I have such a bar in my pantry, but I probably bought it a month ago. Mostly I've been snacking on the small 85% bars.

                            Don't they also sell the 72% in a pack of 3-4 smaller bars? I realize that wouldn't be as convenient for baking or cooking purposes.

                            1. Say it's not true. I heading to TJ's tomorrow to purchase two bars.
                              I use the 72% for the outer shell of my chocolate truffles. I'm making them for Thanksgiving and Christmas.In the bay area.