What is your favorite brand of chocolate chips for baking cookies? Or chocolate bars to chop up for cookies?

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Ali W. July 11, 2016
Guittard is the clear winner! Thanks everyone :)
 
foofaraw July 8, 2016
My go to for all baking purpose is Aldi's Moser Roth, the 70% one (or 85% if I want really *bitter* sweet). Still Made In Germany, and taste really chocolatey, and only $2.
 
dinner A. July 8, 2016
I never buy chocolate chips any more but rather chop up bars or blocks of choclate for cookies. The quality of the chocolate available as chips isn't great, and the shape isn't important to me (I might even prefer my irregular chunks). Trader Joe's 72% pound plus bar is a pretty good balance of quality and cost, I think.
 
PHIL July 8, 2016
I have to try this Guittard chips everyone is talking about. Does whole foods carry them?
 
dinner A. July 8, 2016
Yes -- at least the ones near me. They're better chocolate than Ghiradelli and definitely than Nestle, Hershey, etc., but IMO still just ok.
 
Smaug July 11, 2016
Safeway carries them too, probably cheaper (though you never know with Safeway's pricing policies)
 
AntoniaJames July 11, 2016
The Safeway nearest me has them on sale fairly regularly, making them comparable to Nestles and Hersheys . . . I stock up because the dark / 60% cacao ones are great. They seem to be larger than the other brands, too. ;o)
 
Emily L. July 21, 2016
I've also found them at World Market and obviously on Amazon! :)
 
ATL July 8, 2016
I like Scharffenberger bittersweet chocolate chunks. I was a devotee of their semisweet chunks until I tried the bittersweet. Also like Guittard.
 
Smaug July 8, 2016
Apart from exotics (Poulain is my personal all time chocolate), it's Guittard, no contest.


 
Rachel July 8, 2016
Also, if you are interested in fair trade certifications for chocolate... At the end of this article, there's a list of companies that source cocoa from places that do not employ child labor or abusive practices. Its definitely worth a read before you make a selection from the grocery store shelves... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-robbins/is-there-child-slavery-in_b_737737.html
 
caninechef July 8, 2016
This is an informative article. I have had discussions with people who play devil's advocate perhaps and argue that child labor is needed to support families. It is 5 years old however. Googling fair trade chocolate produces lots of results but I am not sure if there is a definitive current source of info.
 
Melusine July 7, 2016
Belcolade Bittersweet Discs -- my husband is the master chocolate chip cookie baker (using the NYT recipe) and he doesn't even break up discs. The cookies come out with lakes of chocolate.
 
Jennifer W. July 20, 2016
Ive always wondered how to get those amazing chocolate puddles!
 
Susan W. July 7, 2016
I love the Guittard dark chocolate chips. They are fabulous.
 
BerryBaby July 7, 2016
Guittard bittersweet or Nestle's mini's, depending on my mood.
 
MaddyBelle July 7, 2016
My favorite is Guittard chips if you can find them. So much chocolatey-er than most brands!
 
PHIL July 7, 2016
I like the Ghiradelli chunks rather than chips. Also I like dark or semi sweet. In my opinion, the milk chocolate are too sweet and not as flavorful in a cookie, That said I have used Hershey's or Nestle brands also.
 
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