A recent date left this for me to find...a surprise gift, how sweet! I'd love to know just how sweet :)

It's 1 3/8 inches, 3.5 cm thick. The larger piece weighs 143 grams or 5 ounces.

It tastes pretty good (but I am definitely no connoisseur) and it's certainly in the semi-sweet/bittersweet range.

I just discovered one more possible hint, WinCo Foods sells chocolate block pieces in their bulk food section, there are WinCos in my date's home state of Idaho. They carry both what they call dark chocolate and bittersweet chocolate.

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    Neither. It was just in a bag like from the produce section of the supermarket.
    – Jolenealaska
    Commented Sep 23, 2013 at 23:20
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    Some shards too, it was obviously cut to order.
    – Jolenealaska
    Commented Sep 24, 2013 at 11:30
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    Where are you from? Is it something that could be from a local shop?
    – colejkeene
    Commented Sep 26, 2013 at 17:44
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    Stupid question perhaps, but why don't you ask the person who gave it to you?
    – Marti
    Commented Sep 27, 2013 at 14:09
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    @ElendilTheTall - They do indeed make slabs that thick, but they come with deep horizontal scoring and the mountain goat logo without any sort of frame. Not a match, sadly. Commented Sep 27, 2013 at 15:53

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This Chocolate is Van-Leer semi sweet. It was an old American chocolate manufacturer that was recently purchased by Callebaut. It does have a distinct slab style. This is available in the bulk section at Winco.

Here's a picture:

chocolate bar

You can also order it online here

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    – Jolenealaska
    Commented Aug 31, 2018 at 21:15

This might sound crazy but aside from TJ's and Whole Foods, try Pier 1. Once upon a time I bought gigantic shards of odds-and-ends chocolate there, and the chocolate came from everywhere, as you might expect. Not sure if they still do it, but there's always a chance. :)


The thickness of the shards makes me think it's from a Trader Joe's PoundPlus slab. Unfortunately, I don't have one around to check if the marks match.


It's certainly a piece off of a 5-lb block. It does not look like any of the "big guys" that I know of...Peter's, Ambrosia, Callebaut, Sharffen Berger, Merckens, Guittard, Ghirardelli, Valrhona, or Wilbur. I'd say the best bet is to ask the person where they got it, and call the store to see what brand it is. My local Kroger grocery store sells dark chocolate chunks in the "Bulk Food" section along with the oat groats and dried pineapples.

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