There is a new Winco Foods in our neighborhood. To be honest, I thought it would be like another Walmart moving in (we already have a Walmart quite close) so I was skeptical. But this morning Biscuit and I stopped by based on the encouragement of my co-worker who said the bulk bins were really awesome and cheap. She was right! There were many (many!) bins devoted to chocolate chips, chunks and discs. I make a lot of chocolate chip cookies and chip prices are so high I was motivated to find a cheap solution.
A friendly customer let us know that we could look up the bulk bin codes online so we put the numbers on the twist ties and went to town buying about 1/4 cup of each of the chocolates.
Then we laid them out, poured red wine for grown ups and milk for kids and got to tasting and note taking.
Want to know what to buy?
1594--white "chocolate" discs are awful. Unless you have nostalgia for pretzels dipped in white candy coating. Which I kind of do. In which case, this is your product.
The white chips, 1825 are almost acceptable but are not chocolate and are not great. White chocolate (with actual cocoa butter), as far as I can tell, can only be found at Whole Foods for one zillion dollars per pound.
Onward to other flavors.
I pretty much loved the peanut butter chips, 1815. My mother-in-law did not but she is not a flavored chip lady. The butterscotch, 1814, were too sweet for everyone.
One taster--my MIL-likes only dark chocolate. One taster, Biscuit, likes milk. I like both, milk for eating, semi sweet or dark for baking.
1568 is a really good dark chocolate chip. I initially liked 1821 which seemed very fruity and flavorful but 1568 is solid. And, I think, cheaper.
For milk, Biscuit loved 1824 for chips and 2456, the chunks of bulk chocolate, was her favorite.
On the chocolate discs, 2965 was listed as "super good" by Biscuit and was a very good dark chocolate. I think it was the Guittard 62% cacao one. I would definitely buy this again. 1599 was a gross fake chocolate disc. Biscuit loved 1337, the milk chocolate disc.
Overall, I was impressed.
Tomorrow we'll be making "garbage" cookies with all the various chips plus nuts, oats and coconut. Yum!
Unrelated: I tried this baba ganoush recipe with grilled, Japanese eggplant. It was super easy and quite tasty with pita.