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mejdrich
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June 16, 2005 - 8:52 pm
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Okay, for those of us on a modest budget (hard to achieve having just finished Mort R's book) what is the cheapest...

No, let me ask the question differently: What is the brand of the chocolate you consume eveyday? e.g. What bar do you throw in the briefcase to snack on at work?

I have just discovered the world of premium chocolates and having just burned through the Pralus Pyramide and a box of the Amadei squares, need a less expensive way to get a decent fix... I am leaning toward ScharffenBerger because the bars are available inexpensively at a chain in the US called Trader Joe's...

Thoughts and suggestions?

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For starters, when you purchase Amedei's squares, you're paying more per gram than you would if you were to buy them in bar format, with the exception of the iCru set, which are only available in 5g squares. But considering your request and concern, I doubt that $7.95/100g of chocolate is hardly worth its value anyway.

Secondly, I do not take into consideration price when I purchase chocolate because I basically have one goal: to taste as much chocolate as I can to further advance my palate and my understanding of all things chocolate. Therefore, price is irrelevant...or at least for the most part anyway. I don't taste chocolate to satisfy a craving, per se, but I taste it to discover its flavors and what makes each one unique. It's an exciting journey every day, regardless of type and whether or not I've tried it previously. There's always something new.

How much is the local Trader Joes selling the Scharffen Berger anyway? I've seen some downright astronomical prices for Scharffen Berger at some stores, while others might sell it dirt cheap. The Lindt Excellence 70% and 85% bars are not only good chocolates, but the price is very affordable too. Cluizel's bars usually sell for a fair price, especially when you consider their 100g size. A hint to you: buy in bulk. If you come across blocs of high quality chocolate (Guittard, Valrhona, El Rey, etc.), then buy those because they are much cheaper per gram than their bar counterparts. If you have kitchen stores in your area, such as Sur La Table, they will carry these chocolates. Sur La Table I know for a fact carries Guittard in bulk, so try that. If not, then go to http://www.chocosphere.com and buy in bulk. Like I said, per gram, the quantity is much greater and you'll end up spending less than if you were to buy the same quantity in bar format.

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Yes, i also forever wondering type, but, Monte, don't you have some bars you'd buy regulary? More often then others? Prefer to eat - or to taste? At least right now, at this time of chocolate discovery journey? Do tell

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Since Valrhona is the most available chocolate in Norway, I guess it would be Caraïbe or Ampamakia. I have also bougt a good amount of the Seventypercent.com Rio Caribe which is great.

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Bonnat (Puerto Cabello or Chuao) is my everyday chocolate. I can buy it at a fair price compared to other brands.

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Not fair - love Bonnat, but it's slightly more pricey here, I do have it as a back-up. And it's great to have big block of Rio Caribe from 70%, for those of us, adicts in denial [:D]

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Chocolate is not cheep in Sweden so I'll have to pay nearly €4 for Bonnat. Lindt Excellence is more than a euro cheaper but I prefer Bonnat.

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Yes, about the same here...

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Ellie, yeah, there are some bars that I would buy (or do buy) more frequently than others, but I usually do so for re-tasting purposes. Granted, I usually won't buy one that I don't like, but I often find myself returning to everything basically. However, I always get drawn back to Domori all the time [;)]

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