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Best place to buy very dark (80%+) chocolate chips?

Commented on November 03, 2014
Created October 15, 2012 at 3:02 AM

Has anyone found a good source for very high % cocoa chocolate chips?

I like some chocolate in my trail mix, but most use a very sugary milk chocolate.

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on April 10, 2013
at 01:16 AM

@wisper I've never had good success with that. I get tiny melty flakes or big chunks, not anything like a chocolate chip. Is there a secret to it?

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(2957)

on April 09, 2013
at 10:26 PM

It takes literally a minute to chop up a bar of 85% chocolate.

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(2613)

on November 03, 2012
at 02:12 PM

Just be aware that raw cacao has a ton of phytic acid in it. Broma and Dutch processing removes some, but it also removes some antioxidants.

D41bd7b3d3b962eb0146f471eb632f56

(2029)

on October 15, 2012
at 09:23 PM

Agreed. Too much coconut oil in it does make it difficult to remain solid at room temp. I use this method for homemade dark chocolate pieces. I'd definitely recommend the cocoa butter if you can find/afford it!

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

(8395)

on October 15, 2012
at 03:44 PM

Coconut oil chocolates have a very low melting point--too messy for trail mix. But I've heard cocoa butter stays solid at room temperature. Let us know how it works out.

7bab99c303f1e83d3d9722a414dd7b45

(524)

on October 15, 2012
at 03:16 PM

Again, of course! Great suggestion. I do that often. Extra special is using raw cacao butter with some coconut oil for extra chocolately aroma and taste :)

7bab99c303f1e83d3d9722a414dd7b45

(524)

on October 15, 2012
at 03:15 PM

I forgot about cacao nibs! That's perfect. I like those.

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B92f0eb5064beaff7abfdf406f658f04

(70)

on October 15, 2012
at 06:55 AM

I buy raw cocoa nibs (unsweatened) and raw cocoa beans. You are 100% sure there is no sugar/sweeteners/dairy/conservants. So its actually 100% dark chocolate. And I love them in my paleo trail mix or just on their own as a treat.

7bab99c303f1e83d3d9722a414dd7b45

(524)

on October 15, 2012
at 03:15 PM

I forgot about cacao nibs! That's perfect. I like those.

F694fc245d03b64d6936ddb29f4c9306

(2613)

on November 03, 2012
at 02:12 PM

Just be aware that raw cacao has a ton of phytic acid in it. Broma and Dutch processing removes some, but it also removes some antioxidants.

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58908e2a5be1d634e49c97da9f2558ce

on November 03, 2012
at 01:37 PM

The other day I made a recipe that called for chocolate chips, but I substituted them for small pieces of 85% chocolate and it turned out great! Maybe you could just buy Lindt and cut them up yourself?

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D41bd7b3d3b962eb0146f471eb632f56

on October 15, 2012
at 05:36 AM

If you're the hands-on type, it's possible to make your own chocolate chips/chunks to toss into trail mix. Mix together cocoa powder, a little bit of coconut oil, and as much sweetener as you want into a saucepan. Pour onto wax or parchment paper and chill. Then chop up into chunks. :)

7bab99c303f1e83d3d9722a414dd7b45

(524)

on October 15, 2012
at 03:16 PM

Again, of course! Great suggestion. I do that often. Extra special is using raw cacao butter with some coconut oil for extra chocolately aroma and taste :)

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

(8395)

on October 15, 2012
at 03:44 PM

Coconut oil chocolates have a very low melting point--too messy for trail mix. But I've heard cocoa butter stays solid at room temperature. Let us know how it works out.

D41bd7b3d3b962eb0146f471eb632f56

(2029)

on October 15, 2012
at 09:23 PM

Agreed. Too much coconut oil in it does make it difficult to remain solid at room temp. I use this method for homemade dark chocolate pieces. I'd definitely recommend the cocoa butter if you can find/afford it!

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782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

on October 15, 2012
at 04:42 AM

Whole Foods carries 70% dark chocolate mini chunks. I also wish that I could find darker chocolate chips for my trail mix. Anything less than 85% is too sweet. And I dislike chopping up mine own...too messy and not uniform size.

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7bab99c303f1e83d3d9722a414dd7b45

(524)

on October 15, 2012
at 03:45 AM

You can get a 90 or 95% Lindt bar, there's hardly ANY sugar in there. Then just chop 'er up.

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E791387b2829c660292308092dc3ca9b

(831)

on October 15, 2012
at 03:38 AM

Ghiradelli's is the darkest I have ever seen and they are 60%. You may have to chunk up a bar of chocolate.

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on November 02, 2014
at 06:04 PM

HERE IT IS! PASHA 85% cacao chocolate chips.  Free of all the bad stuff (except sugar) plus organic fair trade non-gmo so quality looks to be very high. I like their story. By % of weight the sugar is more than my 85% Green & Blacks but the ingredients are so pure I want to try them anyway. Currently out of stock online so I'm hoping a shop near me that carries PASHA will have these!

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on November 03, 2014
at 04:37 PM

The PASHA rep confirmed for me via email that they do not use alkalized chocolate. PLUS the 85% chocolate chips ARE in stock from them online after all!  The previous out-of-stock indication was an error.

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on August 06, 2013
at 08:51 AM

There's a company called Beyond Dark which makes amazing 70% dark chocolate drops perfect for baking, they're allergy friendly and have more antioxidants than normal dark chocolate. www.beyonddark.co.uk is their website.

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on April 09, 2013
at 09:42 PM

I have no problem finding dark chocolate, chips or bars, it's hard to find them reasonably priced without soy.

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3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

(8395)

on November 03, 2012
at 04:08 PM

You could always melt a chocolate bar of your preferred percentage and "pipe" it out into uniform chocolate chips. Sound messy and fun.

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Ed0cb30f40daff568778b776b2a5a81d

(943)

on November 03, 2012
at 02:09 PM

Scharffen Berger makes cocoa nibs, cocoa powder and 99% dark chocolate all of which are unsweetened. It's possible to get in Denmark so it must be readily available everywhere else :)

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on November 03, 2012
at 12:45 PM

I have searched and only found Sweet Earth Chocolate chips 65%. At least they are soy free. They cost $39.25 for a case of 8 12 oz. packages. I am about to order a case because my Whole Foods only carries 42%.

Edit: I spoke too soon...Sunspire also has 65%. It could have trace amounts of soy due to shared machinery, but I am not going to worry about his. Vitacost sells 9 oz bags for $5.83 apiece, no bulk purchase required, but more expensive.

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