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

rainey Nov 20, 2013 11:07 AM

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?

  1. weezieduzzit Nov 20, 2013 11:12 AM

    What is Pound Plus 72%?

    12 Replies
    1. re: weezieduzzit
      carolinadawg Nov 20, 2013 11:38 AM

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

      1. re: carolinadawg
        drmoze Nov 22, 2013 03:51 PM

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

        1. re: drmoze
          carolinadawg Nov 22, 2013 04:27 PM

          Wow, thanks so much! Super helpful!

      2. re: weezieduzzit
        MikeG Nov 20, 2013 11:45 AM


        1. re: MikeG
          LaureltQ Nov 20, 2013 11:46 AM

          72% Cacao chocolate in sizes larger than a pound?

        2. re: weezieduzzit
          TroyTempest Nov 27, 2013 10:42 AM

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

          1. re: TroyTempest
            Ruth Lafler Nov 27, 2013 10:53 AM

            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
              TroyTempest Nov 27, 2013 02:13 PM

              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
                rainey Nov 27, 2013 02:33 PM

                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
                carolinadawg Nov 28, 2013 04:28 AM

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

              3. re: TroyTempest
                paulj Nov 27, 2013 08:49 PM


                1. re: paulj
                  Ruth Lafler Nov 27, 2013 08:55 PM

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

            2. biondanonima Nov 20, 2013 12:01 PM

              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
                weezieduzzit Nov 20, 2013 12:03 PM

                I see. I know nothin' about chocolate!

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

                1. re: biondanonima
                  carolinadawg Nov 20, 2013 12:10 PM

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

                  1. re: carolinadawg
                    weezieduzzit Nov 20, 2013 12:31 PM

                    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
                      rainey Nov 20, 2013 03:51 PM

                      "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
                        BigWoodenSpoon Nov 20, 2013 08:23 PM

                        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
                          rainey Nov 20, 2013 08:54 PM

                          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.

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                    acgold7 Nov 20, 2013 09:50 PM

                    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
                      rainey Nov 20, 2013 10:09 PM

                      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
                        acgold7 Nov 20, 2013 11:46 PM

                        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
                          rainey Nov 21, 2013 07:22 AM

                          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
                            ohmyyum Nov 21, 2013 07:25 AM

                            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
                              rainey Nov 21, 2013 04:24 PM

                              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
                                Caitlin McGrath Nov 21, 2013 07:10 PM

                                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
                                  Ruth Lafler Nov 26, 2013 03:35 PM

                                  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
                                    HeyImBack Nov 26, 2013 03:48 PM

                                    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
                                      BigWoodenSpoon Dec 5, 2013 11:30 PM

                                      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
                                        Ruth Lafler Dec 6, 2013 08:11 PM

                                        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
                                RussTheRaccoon Nov 30, 2013 08:42 PM

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

                                1. re: RussTheRaccoon
                                  acgold7 Nov 30, 2013 11:05 PM

                                  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. paulj Nov 20, 2013 10:18 PM

                            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. emglow101 Nov 20, 2013 10:20 PM

                              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.

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                                rockycat Nov 21, 2013 06:31 AM

                                The exact same thing happened last year and as the 1/2 kilo chocolate is the only thing I buy at TJ's, it was becoming very annoying to keep checking back. The manager kept saying that it wasn't discontinued but they couldn't tell me when it would be back on the shelf. Sure enough, after the holidays the bar was back in stock in any quantity you could want.

                                I'm not suggesting that the shortage is deliberate because that wouldn't serve any purpose. But if a seasonal shortage is a chronic issue, maybe management needs to adjust their purchasing.

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                                  Erika RollerGirl Nov 21, 2013 06:32 AM

                                  My Trader Joe's (NC) had plenty of them yesterday along with the seasonal one in the gold packaging that I just had to buy which contains dark chocolate, almonds, ginger, and one other fruit that I'm blanking on. It's sinfully delicious and I fear it will not last long in my pantry.

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                                  1. re: Erika RollerGirl
                                    rainey Nov 21, 2013 07:19 AM

                                    Cranberries. Funny, 'cause that's the only one I remembered from my quick glance when I was in the store panicking about the lack of 72%.

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                                    Tiggilene Nov 21, 2013 08:38 PM

                                    I'm a crewmember at TJs and have been waiting for the 72% Pound+ bars, too. My Captain told me they're stuck in port (which port, I'm not sure) but they're on the way.

                                    Check back on Sundays (when they print out new order forms).

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                                    1. re: Tiggilene
                                      rainey Nov 22, 2013 12:32 PM

                                      Thanks so much for that info! I've now heard that in 3 different stores. I'm mystified why the stuff with nuts and dried fruit is getting through but not the 72% but I hope it will shake loose soon.

                                      I hope you'll come back with an update when you know something more. Pretty please.

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                                      kt1969 Nov 22, 2013 05:33 PM

                                      Not to bum you out, but I just saw a whole shelf of it at my local TJs in MA. Or maybe that will make you more hopeful?

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                                      1. re: kt1969
                                        paulj Nov 22, 2013 07:54 PM

                                        My TJ in Washington had a full stock of the Pound Plus bars - with other chocolates above the fish freezer.

                                        1. re: paulj
                                          ohmyyum Nov 22, 2013 07:57 PM

                                          Same here in NC. Maybe the problem is limited to the west coast?

                                          1. re: ohmyyum
                                            emglow101 Nov 22, 2013 07:59 PM

                                            No,I live in the bay area. S.F. Plenty of it.

                                        2. re: kt1969
                                          Steve Green Nov 22, 2013 08:13 PM

                                          Plenty of the 72% here in Las Vegas.

                                          1. re: Steve Green
                                            carolinadawg Nov 25, 2013 11:06 AM

                                            Plenty here in Charlotte, NC too.

                                          2. re: kt1969
                                            rainey Nov 25, 2013 01:11 PM

                                            I got it yesterday. It's worked it's way to the West Coast. ::whew::

                                            Meanwhile, that chocolate with the dried fruit is good. Like a Chunky Bar if anyone remembers those.

                                            1. re: rainey
                                              acgold7 Nov 25, 2013 08:27 PM

                                              Glad you found it.

                                              For anyone with access to Restaurant Depot (referenced in the subthread above) I checked today and the 70% Callebaut is available in the 11 lb. blocks for about $38.50, or roughly $3.50/lb. Not bad if you use a lot of the stuff. They've also got a 50-something % bar for about $31 or so.

                                              1. re: rainey
                                                happybaker Nov 27, 2013 08:53 PM

                                                Oh, I'd love it if it was just cranberries and/or raisins.

                                                But the ginger - mixed in with it all - makes the hubby shudder.

                                                That said, I did pick up a pound plus of the milk chocolate and almond - and it's delightful.

                                            2. RussTheRaccoon Nov 30, 2013 08:44 PM

                                              I knew exactly what you were talking about. My store was out two weeks ago (I even asked one of the employees to look for it) but they had it at the beginning of last week, although in a different spot than usual.

                                              A lot of stuff gets shifted around this time of the year so it sometimes pays to ask if you can't find something.

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