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Old 12-11-2010, 11:59 PM   #1
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Question Cheapest chocolate chips..??

Everywhere I have looked, chocolate chips are soooo expensive! I keep waiting for a sale, but so far no luck.

Anyone know where the cheapest place to buy Chocolate chips are? I don't care if they are store brand or not...just cheap! : )

I want to start baking goodies for the holidays, but these prices geesh!
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Old 12-12-2010, 12:12 AM   #2
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A bag around here is a little over $2 for the store brand and a little over $3 for name brand.
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Old 12-12-2010, 12:15 AM   #3
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i paid $1.99 for a bag of Hershey's chocolate chips at Shop Rite today.....
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Old 12-12-2010, 12:17 AM   #4
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I just found Safeway brand for $1.50. I always watch the ads, starting before Thanksgiving and there was no sale on them. Last year Albertsons had them for .99 cents.

I need them for:

Fudge
Chocolate peanut butter balls
chocolate covered pretzels
Magic bars
Peanut butter cheesecake
and a few more
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Old 12-12-2010, 01:24 AM   #5
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Do you have a bulk food store in your area? You can usually buy large bags of choc. chips there for the same price as small bags at the grocer. You can usuallyalso find packages of "chocolate break up" which is good for melting.

Just keep in mind that cheap chocolate has a high wax content, and that includes Nestle these days. You definitely get what you pay for.
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Old 12-12-2010, 02:10 AM   #6
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AHEM!!!!!! I see there's a Costco in your area. Costco, definitely Costco. Their chocolate chips are good, and are in big bags...like 2-3 pounds..or more.

Oh, I guess they're 5 pounds, like Sam's. Really good, and inexpensive.

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Old 12-12-2010, 02:26 AM   #7
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I just found Safeway brand for $1.50. I always watch the ads, starting before Thanksgiving and there was no sale on them. Last year Albertsons had them for .99 cents.

I need them for:

Fudge
Chocolate peanut butter balls
chocolate covered pretzels
Magic bars
Peanut butter cheesecake
and a few more
safeway brand can not be tasty. no way. if you're taking the time to bake all those goodies, buy good chocolate.
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Old 12-12-2010, 02:54 AM   #8
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The ones I like to buy on sale are still around $2.50, I only make them once a year and it is good chocolate.
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Old 12-12-2010, 05:37 AM   #9
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The local grocers have been running sales 2 for $4 of name brand chips. Being a chocolate freak, I usually get mine at Sam's Club - 5 lb bag for $6.99 (I think.)
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Old 12-12-2010, 06:03 AM   #10
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Aldi's has good chips for around $1.60.
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Old 12-12-2010, 07:41 AM   #11
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Is there a Trader Joe's near you? If so, check there. Their chocolate chips are great.
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Old 12-12-2010, 08:28 AM   #12
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I usually buy mine at Walmart... they're so much cheaper than the grocery stores. But, if you watch the Sunday sale papers, or even can just run in and check, the drugstores sometimes have a really good deal on them. Here awhile back, I got flour, a few bagged cookie mixes, sugar, and chocolate chips all for a lot less than even Walmart. Came in handy for my "chemo" cookies. (*"*)
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Old 12-12-2010, 11:08 AM   #13
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I just like Nestle's the best...melting abillity
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Old 12-12-2010, 12:02 PM   #14
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During the holiday season, I'll buy name brand. During the year...not so much.

Sometimes I luck up with a coupon.
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Old 12-12-2010, 12:20 PM   #15
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I just like Nestle's the best...melting abillity
Same here...the semi-sweet are great in Toll House cookies and 7-layer bars (which I'm making today ).
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Old 12-12-2010, 02:28 PM   #16
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How's about embracing your ancestors' thunk and making a diff type of cookie?
Off the type of my head I can think of at least 3 diff types of cookies you can make with the same ingredients minus chocolate.
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Old 12-12-2010, 03:22 PM   #17
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Local Big Lots had Ghiradelli chocolate chips, but I don't remember the price. I try being thrifty on lots of things, but if I'm going to spend time baking...I have to have good ingredients. Real butter. Real vanilla. Good chocolate. Etc.
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Old 12-12-2010, 04:00 PM   #18
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Local Big Lots had Ghiradelli chocolate chips, but I don't remember the price. I try being thrifty on lots of things, but if I'm going to spend time baking...I have to have good ingredients. Real butter. Real vanilla. Good chocolate. Etc.

Same here. It's Ghiradelli or nothing. Nestle and Hersey put too much wax in their chocolate now and you can taste it.
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Old 12-12-2010, 04:18 PM   #19
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Have you tried the dollar type stores? They could be a little bit less expensive. If you are doing bulk random baking for work, parties and such I can understand how expensive it would get to buy the brand names. Also look for sales and even do a google search for nestle coupons to print out.
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Old 12-12-2010, 04:26 PM   #20
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I'd be leary of any food item or consumable product that came from a dollar store. I'd be afraid it came from China.
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Old 12-12-2010, 04:27 PM   #21
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I only buy brand name for my Christmas candy/cookies.. It's to expensive to mess it up.. I learned the hard way..
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Old 12-12-2010, 04:46 PM   #22
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I'd be leary of any food item or consumable product that came from a dollar store. I'd be afraid it came from China.
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Old 12-12-2010, 06:22 PM   #23
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Cool Beans, I know you don't think safeway barnd would be good..but in the Sunday paper it says thatTuesday they are having a one day sale on chocolate chips .99 cents each.(limit 3)

I have one good brand (dark chocolate) in the freezer, that I will make Fudge or the chocolate covered peanut balls with and us the safeway brand for other things.

I do have almond bark, that my sister gave me. Hmm, it looks like almond bark; looks like ice cubes ( three different kinds/flavors). I could use those for covered pretzels huh?

I just looked through some of my cook books.magazines and found a recipe that looke kind of like pecan balls, but has orange juice in it. I thought that might be a change.

I have neighbors on both sides that I want to make some cookies for. One her husband just left her, and the guy on the other side just moved in; his house forclosed, because his wife left him.
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Old 12-12-2010, 07:06 PM   #24
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Just bought them at Aldi's today...$1.49 a 12 ounce bag...they had butterscotch, white, milk chocolate, and semi-sweet chocolate....oh and the andes mint chips too (but I think these ones were 1.99)
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Old 12-12-2010, 07:11 PM   #25
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Alley do you have a CVS store where you live. They have toll house on sale for $2.00 a bag.
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Old 12-12-2010, 07:38 PM   #26
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I'd be leary of any food item or consumable product that came from a dollar store. I'd be afraid it came from China.
This is where you read the label. I buy Nestle's chips at Dollar General or Family Dollar...in this economy, these kinds of stores are selling lots more groceries (good stuff) than they used to. Shoot, even my grocery stores are selling fish from China.
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Old 12-13-2010, 03:09 PM   #27
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For fudge & stuff, you do NOT have to use choc. chips. It is more convenient, but you can substitute regular cocoa powder and butter or crisco, etc. Much cheaper.
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Old 12-13-2010, 05:43 PM   #28
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Glory!~ I have cocoa powder, but don't have a recipe to make the fudge that way..do you?

Diva~ no, I don't think we do have cvs stores around here.
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Old 12-13-2010, 07:00 PM   #29
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It says to use the Special Dark Cocoa. I am a dark chocolate lover, but think the Special Dark Cocoa sucks. This is the same recipe which uses the regular cocoa.




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Ingredients

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa or HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


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  1. 1. Line 8-or 9-inch square pan with foil, extending foil over edges of pan. Butter foil.
  2. 2. Mix sugar, cocoa and salt in heavy 4-quart saucepan; stir in milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to full rolling boil. Boil, without stirring, until mixture reaches 234F on candy thermometer or until small amount of mixture dropped into very cold water, forms a soft ball which flattens when removed from water. (Bulb of candy thermometer should not rest on bottom of saucepan.)
  3. 3. Remove from heat. Add butter and vanilla. DO NOT STIR. Cool at room temperature to 110F (lukewarm). Beat with wooden spoon until fudge thickens and just begins to lose some of its gloss. Quickly spread into prepared pan; cool completely. Cut into squares. Store in tightly covered container at room temperature. About 36 pieces or 1-3/4 pounds.

    NOTE: For best results, do not double this recipe. This is one of our most requested recipes, but also one of our most difficult. The directions must be followed exactly. Beat too little and the fudge is too soft. Beat too long and it becomes hard and sugary.

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    NUTTY RICH COCOA FUDGE: Beat cooked fudge as directed. Immediately stir in 1 cup chopped almonds, pecans or walnuts and spread quickly into prepared pan.

    MARSHMALLOW-NUT COCOA FUDGE: Increase cocoa to 3/4 cup. Cook fudge as directed. Add 1 cup marshmallow creme with butter and vanilla. DO NOT STIR. Cool to 110F (lukewarm). Beat 8 minutes; stir in 1 cup chopped nuts. Pour into prepared pan. (Fudge does not set until poured into pan.)
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Old 12-13-2010, 07:30 PM   #30
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I saw Family Dollar or Dollar General had Nestle's for $2 a bag. (*"*)
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