What Is Your Favorite Dark Chocolate For Baking?

Decorating By kathik Updated 12 Dec 2008 , 2:51pm by -K8memphis

kathik Posted 10 Dec 2008 , 5:18pm
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Hi everyone! Even though I don't have my own business right now I am still working in the food industry. I am working for a company that wants to make a "Premium" Chocolate bar for baking. They have asked me to do research into what % of cocoa and size of bar would be best. Of course, I immediately thought of all of you. So, tell me what brand you like and why, % of cocoa you prefer (if you know) and what size would be good for home bakers.

Please help me out on this, maybe we can get another good baking chocolate on the market!


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kathik Posted 10 Dec 2008 , 5:49pm
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Doesn't anyone like chocolate today? What do you use in your cakes/brownies, etc.?

I love Callebaut Semisweet when I can get it. It's flavorful but mellow. And it melts wonderfully. I like 8 oz packages although a lot of times I see 3-4 oz bars.

Anyone have an opinion?


dmich Posted 10 Dec 2008 , 7:44pm
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Hi, I like Scharfenburger chocolate bars and Vahlrona cocoa. Both are (at least) 70% cocoa.

kathik Posted 10 Dec 2008 , 9:49pm
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Thanks dmich. Anyone else have a particular brand/% of cocoa solids they prefer to use for bittersweet chocolate in your baking?


mamacc Posted 11 Dec 2008 , 1:16am
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I like the semisweet Callebeaut too. I can get it in 11 lb blocks for about $40 and it's a good all around chocolate.

delisa01 Posted 11 Dec 2008 , 3:52am
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I don't know the answer to you question but I would like to recommend that you look into the book Bittersweet by Alice Medrich. It is all about chocolate and she talks about the different percentages too. Hope this helps.

kathik Posted 11 Dec 2008 , 7:55pm
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Thanks, delisa01. I'll check into that book. I know a fair amount about this, I just wanted opinions from bakers about what you like or would like to be able to get.

Thanks mamacc. Thanks a great price!

Any other opinions?


Mike1394 Posted 12 Dec 2008 , 2:41pm
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-K8memphis Posted 12 Dec 2008 , 2:51pm
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I mostly use Baker's unsweetened. Charles Desaulniers of Death by Chocolate fame uses Bakers. So if it was good enough for Charlie...

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