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Chocolate in Southern California

KCB11's picture

Wholepaycheck in Pasadena has stopped carrying Callebaut, TradersJoe doesn't carry Ghirardelli anymore. I have talked to the managers of both places and don't plan to carry them anymore.


 


Where do you buy your chocolate?


Chocolate has become so expensive, where are the best deals online?


Thanks for any input


 


KC

Jean's picture

(post #65180, reply #1 of 33)

Magda, is that you? I was just thinking about you yesterday. How is everything?


Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise',
      I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

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KCB11's picture

(post #65180, reply #2 of 33)

GJean,


Yes it is me, How are you?


We are doing very well, thanks for asking.


Kids are getting ready to go back to school.


I'm still baking (not as much as before) and busy with the kids. My computer crashed and I have been pretty much "computerless"  I use DH's but he is not very happy about it. He fears another "crash." 


 


I think about my CT friends often, I think I came to this board for the first time in 97 or 98.  Do we qualify as a senior CTers?  :)


Hugs,


KC


Edited 8/16/2009 6:11 pm ET by KCB11

Jean's picture

(post #65180, reply #3 of 33)

Good to hear from you, and glad you're all well, too bad about the computer though. I'll bet those boys are really growing up.  How old are they now? I'd love to see pictures.


There are quite a few of us old-timers here yet, but I don't think you qualify as senior in the same way we do. :)



Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise',
      I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
KCB11's picture

(post #65180, reply #5 of 33)

They are 8 and 11. I will post a picture.


 


KC


Sent you an email

KitchenWitch's picture

(post #65180, reply #19 of 33)

Magda! so good to see you posting!


Natalie is now 10 and Buddy is almost 6! how did our kids get so big?!


~RuthAnn


~RuthAnn

KCB11's picture

(post #65180, reply #27 of 33)

Hi Ruth,


Nice to see you too!


They grow up so fast, Kevin is going to Jr High, he is almost a teenager and Dylan was a couple of months when we met, is going to 3rd grade.


KC


 

RuthWells's picture

(post #65180, reply #4 of 33)

I've been buying in bulk directly from El Rey -- they were discounting at $6.50/lb, but don't I don't know if that's still in effect.

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KCB11's picture

(post #65180, reply #6 of 33)

Thanks Ruth, I will check it out.


KC

Jillsifer's picture

(post #65180, reply #7 of 33)

Hey, stranger, nice to see you again! Have you tried Cost Plus World Market? They often have various Ghirardelli products. Also if there's a Peet's Coffee store near you, they carry Scharffen Berger (but it's expensive).

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KCB11's picture

(post #65180, reply #21 of 33)

Hi Jill,


 


Nice to "see" you too!  Thanks for the info.  I do have Cost Plus nearby, I have bought some chocolate there,  it is expensive, I will check Peet's coffee, even if just to buy a cup of coffee :)


 


KC 

Maedl's picture

(post #65180, reply #8 of 33)

Does See's sell chocolate by the chunk? I grew up on See's candies, but that was about the same time the saber-tooth tigers were falling into the La Brea tar pits. I don't know if See's is still as divine as I remember.

Margie
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unbaked's picture

(post #65180, reply #11 of 33)

I ate my weight in See's chocolate when I was in San Diego in March. Yes, it's still just as divine, but it's SO expensive and they don't reveal the % of cacao in their chocolate.

I don't think they're selling it for cooking yet. I'm surprised that Trader's doesn't have some sort of cooking chocolate..they used to carry so many brands.

'The desire to make an effort to improve the lives of those around you does not yet live in everyone, but it does live in everyone who cooks.' -Bill Penzey, one magazine

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Maedl's picture

(post #65180, reply #13 of 33)

I guess it was always expensive, but you'd think they'd do a baking chocolate. Funny that they don't include the percentage of chocolate!

Margie
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unbaked's picture

(post #65180, reply #14 of 33)

Their main focus is on filled chocolates, so I guess they don't feel the need.

Their butterscotch squares are responsible for at least 50 pounds of fat gained (and lost and gained and lost) over the years. I am so glad there's no See's in TX :P

Besides, at about $18.00 per pound, their chocolate is way too expensive to cook with anyway.


Edited 8/17/2009 8:06 am by unbaked

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nexus's picture

(post #65180, reply #16 of 33)

Sorry, See's is not as devine as you probably remember. We had some a year or so ago and were no longer impressed. Too bad, we used to love it.


Cheryl

unbaked's picture

(post #65180, reply #17 of 33)

I think it's probably changing tastes because I can't tell that anything is different in their candy at all. Thank goodness their shipping rates are so outrageous :P

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Maedl's picture

(post #65180, reply #20 of 33)

Oh, dear! Although perhaps we now like a darker chocolate than we used to!

Margie
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KCB11's picture

(post #65180, reply #22 of 33)

Hi Maedl,


I don't think See's sells chocolate chunks.


I discovered See's when I moved to SoCa, I worked at the local Community College, my co-worker gave me a box of See's chocolates, I just loved them, never really liked chocolate before; I ate the whole box.


 


Sadly, their quality is not the same, I haven't bought See's for some years now.


KC

butterscotch's picture

(post #65180, reply #9 of 33)

If you're willing to pay WF's prices, try Bristol Farms--I believe they sell Valrhona and other pricey brands like Scharffenberger.  CostPlus World Markets continues to sell Ghirardelli and other good brands.  Also, regular supermarkets in L.A. are not as bad when it comes to stocking chocolate as they are at stocking some other things.  My local Von's carries a range of Lindt chocolate products.  


Finally, don't give up on Trader Joe's.  They sell lots of other brands of good chocolate that are better than Ghirardelli.  3 oz. bars are usually next to their cash registers.

KCB11's picture

(post #65180, reply #23 of 33)

I was planning to stop at Bristol Farms, the one right across the entrance of the 110w.


Have been using the TJ's chocolate, it is good, actually I used their milk chocolate to make double deckers recipe  from the weekend Baker. They were very good. I just miss  "Callebaut" 


Thanks for the info


KC


 


 

butterscotch's picture

(post #65180, reply #29 of 33)

I live in Pasadena, so the Bristol Farms across from the 110 entrance on Fair Oaks is my local.  I don't think they have Callebaut, but the selection of other chocolate is pretty good.


I also like TJ's house brands and the other stuff they sell for my baking.  When I feel experimental, I pick up a bar of one of the brands I've never heard of. Usually they're pretty good.


Happy hunting.

nutcakes's picture

(post #65180, reply #10 of 33)

Hi KCB, how're you doing? I am in So Cal now and my daughter is going to grad school this fall (wow), I think I joined when she was 10 or 11.


Are you talking home baking or larger quantity? I've been stocking up when I see bargains. Fresh and Easy often sells short dated at 50 to 75% off and I bought quite a bit of Valhrona 65 and 75% that way, also some of the giant semi-sweet slabs. I missed scoring some Sharffenberger by hesitating. I did make the mistake of leaving some good chocolate in the cubbord and it was eaten, so I hide it now for baking. I'm nearly out, and mostly only have the kind with nibs in, so I was going to try it on some cookies. But I have my eye out and can pass it on if I find a bargain.


Have you tried the house brand Trader Joe's is using now? I'm sure they consider it good quality or they wouldn't switch out.


Edit to say, what do I mean she goes to grad school this fall, akkkkk!!! she is on her way tomorrow night!


Edited 8/17/2009 4:22 am ET by nutcakes


Edited 8/17/2009 4:31 am ET by nutcakes

KCB11's picture

(post #65180, reply #24 of 33)

Hi,


Where in SoCa are you?


I'm not looking for large quantities, I just for my home baking. Which Fresh and Easy?Iwill drive there no problem, is chocolate we are talking about :)


 


 Oh my! Grad school already, Congratulations! Time flies. My kids are going to Jr High and 3rd grade.


 


KC

nutcakes's picture

(post #65180, reply #31 of 33)

I am on the Claremont/Upland border. iirc, you are around here close?? Right now I don't see any specials at the F&E, but sometimes I do and I want to alert someone cause I can't buy it all, so I will keep you in mind, is your email link working? Mine here goes to an account I rarely use.


I would be up for a trip to Serfas in Culver City, I was just there the other day, but didn't have time to stop, always wanted to check it out. Near there are some eateries, like a very nice salad place called Tender Greens, and Ford's Filling Station (Harrison Ford's son's gastropub) and other places to stop for an outing if you or anyone else is up for it one day.

unbaked's picture

(post #65180, reply #12 of 33)

I'm pretty sure that Ghiradelli sells online, since you're in the same state, the shipping wouldn't be too bad, even in the summer.

'The desire to make an effort to improve the lives of those around you does not yet live in everyone, but it does live in everyone who cooks.' -Bill Penzey, one magazine

'The desire to make an effort to improve the lives of those around you does not yet live in everyone, but it does live in everyone who cooks.' -Bill Penzey, one magazine

KCB11's picture

(post #65180, reply #25 of 33)

They do sell Ghirardelli online, but I can't find the block semisweet that they used to sell at TJ's, maybe I'm not searching the right places. Somebody told me there is an outlet at the Brea Mall, a perfect excuse to go the mall.  :)


KC

unbaked's picture

(post #65180, reply #30 of 33)

The Brea mall? Where do you live? I grew up in West Covina.

'The desire to make an effort to improve the lives of those around you does not yet live in everyone, but it does live in everyone who cooks.' -Bill Penzey, one magazine

'The desire to make an effort to improve the lives of those around you does not yet live in everyone, but it does live in everyone who cooks.' -Bill Penzey, one magazine

Gary's picture

(post #65180, reply #15 of 33)

http://www.chocosphere.com/

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unbaked's picture

(post #65180, reply #18 of 33)

I've purchased from them, a good online resource, sometimes they have good sales.

'The desire to make an effort to improve the lives of those around you does not yet live in everyone, but it does live in everyone who cooks.' -Bill Penzey, one magazine

'The desire to make an effort to improve the lives of those around you does not yet live in everyone, but it does live in everyone who cooks.' -Bill Penzey, one magazine

KCB11's picture

(post #65180, reply #26 of 33)

Thanks,


:)


 


KC