Anybody have a good mail-order chocolate source?

Reader Charm, who lives in a small town and likes to keep high-quality chocolates on-hand, is tired of buying good chocolate by the bar. It’s just too darn expensive. Being in a city, I can generally get decent (or at least, decent enough for me) chocolate at a local restaurant supply store or through a local cake and candy shop. However as far as online or mail-order sources go, I have very few ideas. Anyone have any leads on good sources for chocolate that won’t break the bank?

14 thoughts on “Anybody have a good mail-order chocolate source?”

    1. Thanks Melinda! King Arthur can be a little pricey as well. This is a nice option.

      – Joe

  1. Amazon sells 11 lb bars of Callebaut for $6-7/lb. That’s new; they didn’t sell it 4 months ago. And they’re selling 2 lb versions for ~$10/lb.

    I used to get 11 lbs Callebaut for $7-8/lb at https://www.chocosphere.com/default/brand/a-c/callebaut.html?chocolate_format=205.

    Once it arrives, I break it into ~1.5lb blocks, wrap each block with cling wrap and foil, and store it in a cool place. It lasts me a year or two. There’s some bloom by the end of the time, but it’s still plenty good for what I want.

    In my experience, Trader Joe’s still has by far the best price per pound of decent chocolate, and then only in their stores. It’s $4/lb at (I think?) all Trader Joe’s. If it weren’t pandemic season, I’d still be buying there. I can’t justify a trip to a store just for chocolate when there are alternatives, but it was tempting to go and buy 10 lbs of chocolate from them.

    1. Yes, I’ve found Webstaurant to be expensive, but haven’t really shopped it in a while.

      Thanks again!

      Joe

  2. AzureStandard.com carries incredible cocoas and some chocolate.

    I have city friends mail me chocolate from Trader Joe’s

  3. No Trader Joe’s? I get the 17 oz. bars that are reputed to be from Belgian chocolatier Callebaut.

    I vacuum seal them and keep them in the crisper drawer in my fridge without a blooming prob. I don’t really keep track but I know I’ve had them in there as long as a year without a problem.

    1. Amazing that Louisville never had one until a couple of years ago. I haven’t shopped them for chocolate, but will now!

      Thanks Rainey!

      Joe

  4. So many, many wonderful suggestion! Thank you, everyone, and Joe!, for the ideas and links. I didn’t know you could store chocolate in the crisper drawer, since I never kept more than a few bars on hands. I’m going to try ALL of them (eventually). My inner baker is gleefully cackling and rubbing (floury) hands in anticipation of the damage I can do….
    Thanks, thanks, thanks.
    =8-)

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