There are only a few delicacies affordable for the average person today and chocolate is one of them.
In an effort to make chocolate more affordable to our family, I have found a couple of secrets and I am sharing them here with you.
Least Expensive Quality Chocolate Bars
I only eat bars with 60% or more coco in them – no Hershey’s® for this gal! My two preferred bars are Lindt® and Ghiradelli® 60% or 70% cocoa bars. The typical price I have seen for these 3.5 ounce bars are around $3.00 per bar. Walmart® has the best prices I am aware of for the past year, ranging from $2.40 – $2.70 per 3.5 oz bar and this was the price I was (willing) to pay…until I discovered a secret:
If you go to the baking isle of Walmart® and look amongst the baking chocolate, Ghiradelli® has a 4.0 ounce baking chocolate bar – for $2.08.
So, not only is the bar bigger, but it costs $.30 to $.60 less than the candy bar. The ingredients are the same as the one in the candy aisle, only the packaging is different. I (although I admit I don’t have the most discerning palate) can not tell the difference in flavor / taste when I compared the two.
Now, in all fairness, when I went to the candy aisle this week to pick up the 3.5 oz bar for the photo shoot, I did notice the candy bar was on sale- $2.23 to be exact or $.63 per oz. The baking isle bar is $.52 per oz, so still a better deal, especially if you pick up a few at a time.
If you don’t have a Walmart nearby (or don’t like Walmart), you can get a Ghirardelli Bitter Sweet Baking Bar, 60% Cacao-4 OZ bar from Amazon for $2.99.
Make Your Own Simple, Healthy, Cheap Chocolate
I came across a recipe awhile ago in my search to make my own chocolate using coconut oil, and after a little modification, I can produce a homemade chocolate bar that I enjoy and know is healthier and cheaper than most of what can be found on the store shelves. The recipe follows:
½ cup coconut oil
¼ cup raw cane sugar
½ cup cocoa powder (100% cocoa)
1) Grind the raw sugar (blender, coffee grinder, etc..) – this makes it “powdered” and will dissolve easier in the coconut oil.
2) In a small pan, heat the oil on medium-low. Add the sugar and stir gently for a couple of minutes until the sugar is dissolved.
3) Add the cocoa and stir until the cocoa is well blended.
4) Pour the mixture into a well greased small baking dish and then put in the refrigerator to set for a couple of hours – or if you can’t wait that long to dig in, put it in the freezer for 30 minutes.
5) Since coconut oil melts at 76 to 78 degrees, you will have to store your chocolate bar in the fridge unless you keep your house cooler.
The best deal I could find to purchase organic, dark chocolate online was for Newman’s Own Organics 2.25oz Dark Chocolate Bar for $2.57.