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Trader Joe’s Easy Melt Baking Chocolate, reviewed

Trader Joe's Baking Chocolate - Easy Melting

When it comes to melting chocolate, it is much easier to deal with small pieces than large blocks. Chocolate can burn easily, whether you are melting it in the microwave or in a double boiler, and smaller pieces mean a faster and more even melt. I generally chop off a piece of a larger block of chocolate, then cut it down from there. It is undeniably faster and easier when your chocolate comes out of the bag ready to go, which is why chocolate chips are often chosen as the easiest chocolate to melt into brownies and cake batters.

It is also why Trader Joe’s introduced their Baking Chocolates in an easy-melt form. These chocolates – which come in bittersweet and unsweetened, the two types most often called for in baking recipes outside of chocolate chips – are disc shaped and packed in resealable plastic bags. They melt down in half the time of larger chunks of chocolate and they’re good quality, with a nice rich flavor and good cocoa/fruity notes. My favorite feature, however, is that they are pre-measured so that 6 discs equals one ounce of chocolate. This makes it incredibly easy to pull out one or two ounces for a recipe like Dark and Milk Chocolate Brownies without needing to chop anything or pull out a kitchen scale.

They only come in 8-ounce bags and, though they’re not expensive, I would still stick to larger chunks of chocolate for recipes that require 12+ ounces (some flourless chocolate cakes), but these are definitely a great option for everyday baking. And, yes, you can chop them up into chocolate chips in a pinch if you need to, as well.

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  • Linda
    November 16, 2010

    I agree it isn’t a huge package for big needs but it’s great when you need a few disks for a recipe. I tried the unsweetened. I use such large amounts of the other types I haven’t tried any but that. Thanks, TJ, for another great chocolate option!

  • Matt T
    November 16, 2010

    Is it wrong that I bought a bag of the bittersweet ones…and haven’t used them in a single recipe? I just like snacking on them.

  • Kelsey
    November 16, 2010

    Unfortunately we don’t have Trader Joe’s around here.

  • Sue
    November 16, 2010

    Good to know. I’ll have to get some and try them out. Thanks for the heads up!

  • Lauren
    November 17, 2010

    I haven’t seen this product at TJ’s yet… but I’ll keep my eye out for it!

  • Vita
    October 4, 2011

    TJ’s has DISCONTINUED this item! : ( Anyplace else anyone has found this or a like product??

  • Renee
    December 7, 2011

    I just went to TJ’s today looking for this item and also found that it was discontinued! Does anyone know the cacao % was for this product? I want to use something similar and welcome any suggestions.

  • Stephen
    June 4, 2012

    The % was 100%. Now there isn’t a product anything like this on the market.
    Cocoa nibs are too hard and can’t melt if you bake with them, and every other 100% cocoa mass product comes in large blocks that are hard to break up and don’t taste half as nice as these Trader Joe’s discs.
    I LOVED them. I would mostly eat them straight, but would also break them up and put them in yogurt. I went through a bag a week, eating them instead of drinking coffee at work. I realized when Trader Joe’s discontinued them last year that I was pretty much addicted. But it was a healthy addiction These were even good for your teeth. You wouldn’t think someone could miss a food as much as I miss this baking chocolate.

  • Polly
    August 31, 2013

    It’s a shame that TJ discontinued this item. It was perfect for one flourless cake recipe I have… now I have to go searching around for a substitution …:((

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