Out of the US or Canada and trying to find chocolate chips? They may not be in the "usual" place! Plus an easy substitution if you still can't find them.

Where Are The Chocolate Chips?

Having a hard time finding chocolate chips where you are?  I’ve never had a problem in the US or Canada, but in Mexico and South America, it has seemed more like a scavenger hunt!

I’ve learned that in Latin American countries, chocolate chips usually are not found with baking items.  Instead, they are almost always with candy — sometimes in the candy aisle of the grocery store and sometimes in candy stores.  It usually takes a bit of digging as I’ve almost always found them under or behind something else!

Don’t despair even if you don’t find them.  I’ve never been anywhere that I couldn’t get plain chocolate bars and simply chop them up with a knife.  While it can be hard to get semi-sweet chocolate bars (which is the type of chocolate used in chocolate chips), I’ve found that both milk chocolate and dark chocolate substitute well.

Yes, the taste is a little different, but the resulting treat is still good.  After all, is there really such a thing as bad chocolate?

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  • Becky
    Posted at 15 November 2014 Reply

    Chocolate : do you have problems with it melting before you can get it to the fridge?

    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 15 November 2014 Reply

      I transport it in a cooler with things like butter and cheese. Meats, too!

  • JB
    Posted at 15 November 2014 Reply

    Ah, chocolate! Some mornings, when the chocolate craving cannot be put off, a few chunks on milk chocolate in my morning coffee hits the spot. What doesn’t melt gets eaten with a spoon. No oven aboard my little 24′ sailboat, so simply melted is as close as get to baked.

  • Eric Hendricks
    Posted at 15 September 2015 Reply

    lots of tasty varieties around here and they aren’t full of chemicals like the hershey and other companies cannot seem to do without.

    • The Boat Galley
      Posted at 15 September 2015 Reply

      Where are you Eric?

    • Eric Hendricks
      Posted at 15 September 2015 Reply

      Guatemala. La Antigua area. Loving it but sadly, we will be selling Lively Lady. health issues.

    • The Boat Galley
      Posted at 16 September 2015 Reply

      Oh, so sorry to hear you’ll be selling. But glad that you had the time you did!

  • Cory Nickerson
    Posted at 31 August 2016 Reply

    Only The Boat Galley covers these important topics. I didnt even know i would have limited chocolate chip access. Now im motivated to rip that holding tank out i no longer need to make storage. Costco here i come!!!

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