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?

32 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

    2. Trader Joe’s Pound Plus bars (500 g) are the best chocolate for their price in my area, including mail order sources. $5 for half a kilo, milk, dark, or 72%.

      I even use TJ chocolate for making truffles. It’s not really couverture and can be a bit thick for this purpose, so when I’m tempering it for dipping or molding chocolates, I throw in a few cocoa butter wafers. The cocoa butter is more difficult to find, but the cost savings on the TJ chocolate bars still makes it worth it.

      1. Thanks Elizabeth, and a nice tip! Cake decorating stores (or websites) are generally good sources for cocoa butter.

        Many thanks!

        – 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-)

  5. Chocosphere! I’ve been ordering from them for years and they have a great range of price points and products. I like that you arent restricted to bars as they also have callets (more appropriate for my baking projects). I live in NYC and still find their selection compelling. IMO They are priced very competitively.
    https://www.chocosphere.com/

  6. I can not express how happy I am that this is up an running again! I periodically come back to check for a recipe on something I have not tried or a quick reminder on one I have not made in awhile. But this past year I have not had the chance to really indulge in baking from home until today and to get this surprise today made my weekend! I look forward to checking on this more regularly again 😀

    1. Hey Juan!

      Very happy to have you back! It’s been fun doing this again. I’ll do my best to keep it up!

      Cheers,

      – Joe

  7. The Pastry Depot is a local shop to me, but does a huge mail order business nationally https://www.pastrydepot.com/shop
    Even better they are a repackaging company so you can get nearly anything commercial pastry with amazing variety.
    I can not speak the owner Frances praises enough and hope you check them out.

  8. I’d echo the recommendation for Chocosphere. They have a huge selection and are also quite helpful on the phone: tell them your use case and budget and they’ll help you navigate the giant library.

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