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the price of chocolate
November 25, 2004
4:49 pm
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you’re on a tight budget? think you’re paying too much? tips and tricks that might save you money…

November 25, 2004
4:51 pm
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originally posted by willow:

“did i mention i’m on a student budget?”

November 25, 2004
4:52 pm
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if you’re on a student budget consult montegrano and lonely. i think both are students. i would never have been able to afford any of this stuff as a student. would have been a low priority in the first place, i was fighting for survival ;-)
willow, i do not know where u are from but there are many good chocolates out there at a reasonable price. one i always recommend is cemoi from france. a good chocolate at a low price. might be hard to get outside of france though.
if you are from germany go for rausch. decent and inexpensive, but not the explosion you get from eating say amedei.
save amedei and domori for those special occasions and stick more to readily available stuff like valrhona or cluizel. here (in germany)these bars are relatively inexpensive. but good chocolate has a hefty price tag, no matter how you look at it.

even though i am a working stiff, the chocolate i’ve ordered will set me back, but should last a while.
one tip: get to know the shop owners, they usually give discounts for regulars. at least that’s what i’ve experienced.

November 25, 2004
4:54 pm
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originally posted by montegrano:

“I’m living on a student’s budget too, but luckily I was able to save some money before venturing into grad school. Therefore, I have reserved some as my chocolate stash, and besides, I’m not going to deprive myself of the things I truly enjoy the most. It makes the experience that much more enjoyable and “special,” as it were. I’ve made chocolate among the priorities in my life, and indeed, it really makes me happy. If circumstances demand, then I can cut back slightly on it but not completely. Besides, since I’m entering the field of food science, I believe my interest and knowledge of chocolate can only benefit me.

If you truly want to maximize chocolate quantity without compromising quality, then I suggest you not buy bars, but rather you buy the large blocs or the bulk bags of pastilles. Look on http://www.chocosphere.com because they offer chocolate that is available in bloc and pastille form. Gram-for-gram, they’re a much better value than the bars, which are desgined specifically for straight consumption. The advantage of buying bars, however, is that they’re available in more manageable sizes and allow for more variety, so while you might spend a lot of money on individual bars and get a good variety, the blocs or pastilles will damage your wallet the same way, but you’ll simply end up with a greater quantity of just a single type of chocolate. Order a bloc of Amedei’s Chuao. Although it’s $50 for a 2.2lb bloc, it’s much more economical than buying a 50g bar for $8.50. Also, Amedei’s Chuao is one of the best chocolates in the world, imo, so this is practically a steal.

However, if you’re looking for variety and decently priced bars, then try Valrhona and Cluizel to start off with. Although a bar might set you back about $5, you’re getting a decent amount (at least 75g with Valrhona and 100g with Cluizel), so on a qauntity-for-quality basis, you’re coming out ahead. Also, keep in mind that quality chocolate demands a higher price, so don’t be too stingy.”