Sunday, January 2, 2011
Ruth over at Living Well, Spending Less wrote a nice little article on Peppermint Bark complete with some fantastic photos. This inspired me to purchase some Guittard Dark Chocolate and White Chocolate chips so that I can make my own peppermint bark.
Guess where I found these little Guittard beauties.
Guess, guess, guess?
You'll never guess...nope.
Not in a million years...
I found them at WinCo Foods. That's right. I said WinCo Foods. I was completely shocked when I spotted the Guittard label in the baking chip aisle tonight. I felt like I had won a golden ticket. Since when does a grocery store that acts more casual than a Walmart carry Guittard chocolate?
These most beloved chips will cost you less than $2 a bag. A stellar deal for some very good baking chocolate.
I need to stop right now and tell you why I am so excited that I found these chips. I've been looking for them for over 4 years. I read an article in Cook's Illustrated about blondie brownies and they recommended using Guittard white chocolate chips because they have superior flavor and amazing meltability and a little ingredient called cocoa butter. I quickly did what any self-respecting Californian would do when they want to find something. I googled "Guittard white chocolate chips." The only source that I could find for them four years ago was a warehouse that would ship them to me if I purchased 50 bags. I can just see my friends coming over and gawking at my 50 bags of white chocolate chips. I love it when people gawk. I have occasionally found Guittard chips stocked at various places like Cost Plus World Market but they have never carried the white chocolate chips. Apparently, mint chips and butterscotch chips are all the rage. Hmph.
Why doesn't anyone in this town read Cook's Illustrated?
I've been thinking about Peppermint Bark way too much lately. I have been desiring to try Williams Sonoma's Peppermint Bark for ages but couldn't bring myself to pay the $26 that they charge. Well, it finally went on clearance and Williams Sonoma offered me free shipping. End of story.
Still, I never could understand why Williams Sonoma charged so much for their snooty Peppermint Bark especially since my local Costco offered it for only $9.99. Well, this week I found out why.
......let's just say that it has something to do with Guittard Chocolate.
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