You can’t go wrong with regular chocolate chips. From cookies and cakes to ice cream mix-ins, that standard size seems to always work out beautifully, delivering just the right punch of chocolate in each morsel. But it is nice to have options because there are times when you want to scale up or down just a bit. Mini chocolate chips, for instance, work out even better than regulars in tiny, bite-sized cookies, or in very light-textured cakes. And giant chocolate chips are perfect for giant chocolate chip cookies. The minis are available at most supermarkets, but the giant size is a little trickier to find.
One of my favorite giant chips so far have been the Super Chocolate Chips from See’s. Made of semisweet chocolate, the irregularly shaped chips have a nice smooth consistency. They’re on the thin side, which makes them good for snacking as well as baking, but I rarely see them in stores anymore (assuming that, like me, you might live near a See’s and find visiting the shop more convenient than ordering online). Another brand I really enjoy is Guittard’s Super Cookie Chips, although they are slightly more difficult to come by.
More widely available are the Guittard Onyx Wafers, which they sometimes stock in stores like Whole Foods. Also made of semisweet chocolate, these wafers are much flatter than regular chocolate chips and are rounded. They’re primarily used in chocolate recipes that call for melted chocolate, since they melt very quickly due to their thinness. They still hold up for baking, but will just be a bit thinner than some of the specifically-purposed giant chocolate chips out there.