Thursday, March 01, 2007

Guittard Milk Chocolate Chips

Locally Produced, Too Good for Just for Baking

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I am not usually in the market for chocolate chips. It's just not found in the kind of baking I tend to choose to do. I am haunted by the memory of a childhood full of very bad baking chocolate, nothing like the artisinal and quality products I am more used to today. Maybe the good stuff was actually available back then, I am not sure? If it was, it certainly wasn't on my radar and it was undoubtedly too expensive for my mother to buy. The Baking Chocolate I grew up didn't taste so great on its own, which I am sure was another reason for her purchasing it - it stopped the kids from wanting to pilfer it from the pantry.

Last year I donated a prize to Menu for Hope, whereby I promised I would bake the winner a batch of Wookie Cookies using locally sourced or organic ingredients, where possible. It was baking those cookies last week, that led to my discovery of Guittard Real Milk Chocolate Chips. We all know that it is the Chef's duty to try the food as they work, so I popped one of these larger-than-average buttons into my mouth.

Mmmmm. I am usually more of a darker chocolate fan but these Guittard Milk Chocolate Chips were totally dreamy, smooth, creamy and thick with chocolate and vanilla. If you're a(n old) Brit you might know what I mean if I say they are more like a sorely missed Galaxy Counter than a chalky, too-sweet Cadbury's Chocolate Button.

Needless to say, once the necessary amount of chocolate chips had been weighed out for the recipe, the rest of them didn't survive much longer than a day or two. Sigh.

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Guittard Milk Chocolate Chips


  • At 1/3/07 09:44, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    These things are really tasty! And quite rich for chocolate chips: first time I tried one, it was a surprise.

  • At 1/3/07 11:12, Blogger The Yorkshire Foodie said…

    Galaxy Counters! I'd forgotten they existed. These sound interesting - I'm no milk chocolate fan, but tried the Green & Blacks version recently and it was sublime - can you get that over there?

  • At 1/3/07 11:17, Blogger ChrisB said…

    sam you are right on both accounts a) too poor but also not the choice there is today b) didn't want you and beccy eating it all while I was at work (I have a very good selection in my cupboard now e.g. green& black's organic.
    Anyway correct me if I'm wrong but bad as the choc may have been I don't ever recall you refusing to eat it!!!

  • At 1/3/07 12:53, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    where did you buy them? i don't have a trader joe's or whole foods or anything down here (champaign-urbana, Illinois).

    - nellie

  • At 1/3/07 17:43, Blogger Dagny said…

    Oooo. That's my preferred brand of chocolate on the rare occasions that I bake with it.

  • At 1/3/07 22:01, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yes, I do love Guittard milk chocolate chips--MUCH more than nestle semisweet!

  • At 2/3/07 09:15, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ooooh! Galaxy Counters! I loved them. Now the horrid Minstrel seems to have taken over :(

  • At 2/3/07 18:39, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ohhhhh, the fabled Guittard chips! I was once given a bag as a present from a friend who lives in Oakland. How I would love to go to the supermarket and just buy a bag. Stupid lousy New York City supermarkets.

    Ah, well, I guess that means I'll just have to come visit. :)

  • At 2/3/07 19:43, Blogger acaligurl said…

    oh i love those chips! very nice in cookies.... or right outta the bag.
    thats what i buy in cali!

  • At 9/3/07 15:31, Blogger Squishy said…

    They would not have lasted five minutes in my chocoholic household. Probably a good thing I am all the way on the other side of the world, so they don't add to my squishyness.

  • At 19/10/09 12:31, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    After reading this i had to search the internet to find someold school chocolate. I found a site that looks great.
    I have ordered from them, fingers crossed there products are as good as they look.

  • At 18/12/09 17:41, Blogger Skawoman said…

    I just found the Guittard milk chocolate chips on sale in the Hood River Safeway and bought a bag. I do not normally eat sugar BUT, these are so good, this is what I did --- I made sugar-free (erythritol, agave syrup) and fat-free brownies (no oil or butter, only buttermilk, Eggbeaters and no-fat sour cream) and as they came out of the oven hot, let the chips melt on top as the icing. Pure heaven in small quantities for my diabetic mother who is on a low-fat (3-4%) diet, and also great for me, who recently found a source in Colorado for 5-pound bags of erythritol. We both love chocolate, and while this is not totally virtuous, it is close enough. (P.S. Nobody at the work holiday potluck today could tell the difference.)


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