If you listed out every task in the kitchen and asked me which was my least favorite, chopping chocolate would be at the top. I hate the messiness and work of chopping chocolate; it seems to take forever to clean up! So I was absolutely delighted when Trader Joe's started carrying these chocolate callets. For their convenience and ease (not to mention tastiness) they are my favorite dessert pantry staple.
These callets are small discs of chocolate. They are a standard size (about 1/6 of an ounce each) so it's extremely easy to measure out the chocolate you need for a recipe. If it calls for 3 ounces of chocolate, just count out 18 callets and you're done. No weighing, no chopping.
These are so easy to pour into a saucepan and melt for dipping candy and fruit, or for brownies. These callets have singlehandedly made Katharine Hepburn's brownies a more frequent occurrence in my household!
The chocolate is inexpensive; this isn't the highest quality of the finest French chocolate. But it's still rich and very good.
I don't remember how much these 8-ounce bags cost (can anyone help me out?) but I don't think they are more than $3 apiece. They're a fabulous pantry staple for bakers and cooks — especially ones who, like me, don't like the mess of chopping chocolate.
Have you tried these callets? What do you think of them?
(Images: Faith Durand)