Callebaut bulk chocolate - % cocoa?
Posted: 05 February 2012 04:29 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Hi, all!

I got 1/2 lb of each of their milk, semi-sweet and bittersweet.

Anyone know the % cocoa of these?

Thanks!

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Posted: 05 February 2012 05:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I believe the bittersweet is about 53 or 54% —at least that’s what they call it at the Bulk Bark where I had them bring out the giant bag so I could find out for myself!  BUT.. there may be differences in labelling…so have a peek here (scroll to callets):
http://www.chocolatebysparrow.com/callebaut.asp

You could likely gauge by taste.  The 53% has a taste similar to a chocolate chips for cookies.

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Posted: 05 February 2012 09:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I believe the Bulk Barn is incorrect: therefore, the semisweet should be 53.5% (Bulk Barn claims it’s bittersweet, but that’s their labelling not Callebaut’s); the bittersweet is 70.4%; and the white is 26% cacao; and the milk is 33.6%—this is for their callets.

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Posted: 05 February 2012 10:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Thanks, Sherrie, you’re the best!

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Posted: 06 February 2012 01:02 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Sherrie - 06 February 2012 01:26 AM

I believe the Bulk Barn is incorrect: therefore, the semisweet should be 53.5% (Bulk Barn claims it’s bittersweet, but that’s their labelling not Callebaut’s); the bittersweet is 70.4%; and the white is 26% cacao; and the milk is 33.6%—this is for their callets.

My Callebaut bittersweet is labeled 60%.  I think the 70% is the “extra” bittersweet.  And, BTW, this percent means the percent of cocoa solids, which includes the cocoa butter.

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Posted: 06 February 2012 09:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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CharlesT - 06 February 2012 05:02 AM

My Callebaut bittersweet is labeled 60%.  I think the 70% is the “extra” bittersweet.  And, BTW, this percent means the percent of cocoa solids, which includes the cocoa butter.

Charles, my bittersweet callets are labelled as 70.4% cocoa solids….is this a Canadian thing smile ?....I’ve included a link to my (Canadian) source.

http://www.goldaskitchen.com/merchant.ihtml?pid=7147&step=4

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Posted: 06 February 2012 10:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Sophia - 06 February 2012 01:57 PM

Charles, my bittersweet callets are labelled as 70.4% cocoa solids….is this a Canadian thing smile ?....I’ve included a link to my (Canadian) source.

Maybe we should split the difference and call it it 65%?  grin 

Actually, I suspect that these terms aren’t used by Callebaut, which is Belgian after all…both your source and mine, I think, repackage the Callebaut products into smaller packages and apply their own labels.

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Posted: 06 February 2012 10:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Thank you both! The plot thickens!

I’ve emailed my store to see if they can email their vendor to see if they know ...

I mean, what freaking century is this, anyway, that it isn’t automatically labeled?  : )

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Posted: 06 February 2012 11:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Anne in NC - 06 February 2012 02:43 PM

I mean, what freaking century is this, anyway, that it isn’t automatically labeled?  : )

“Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.”
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Posted: 06 February 2012 11:41 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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CT—Too funny.

Got the answer, as reported by the distributor:

Bittersweet is 60.3%
Semisweet is 51.8%
Milk is 31.7%
White is 25.9%

I consider these slightly low, slack, percentages.  I’m glad I didn’t buy too much.  I’ll likely have to use a little unsweetened with them!!  They should mix well, enough, though, with other chocolates.

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Posted: 06 February 2012 11:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Cool Anne! You have a lot of fun ahead of you!

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Posted: 06 February 2012 11:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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That’s craziness!  It seems to me that the easiest way to label the chocolate would be with the cocoa solids %.  Why on earth are these descriptive labels used anymore?  Enough ranting.

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Anne in NC - 06 February 2012 03:41 PM

Got the answer, as reported by the distributor

Very impressive that they responded so quickly.

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Posted: 06 February 2012 12:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Very impressive that they responded so quickly.

Agreed!  The guy at my groc expected it to be at least 1/2 day!

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Anne in NC - 06 February 2012 04:30 PM

Agreed!  The guy at my groc expected it to be at least 1/2 day!

Even 1/2 day is good.  Many companies that don’t sell directly to the customer won’t ever respond to email inquiries.  Even ones that do often take a couple of days.

I recently bought an Amish dining room table from a website.  I had sent inquiries to two companies; one of them responded within minutes and I traded emails with the sales person all day while I made my decision.  I didn’t hear from the other company for several days, and this directly affected where I made my purchase.

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