Get Your Chips At Wegmans!
I just discovered, with the help of a friend of a friend on Facebook, that store brand chocolate chips are often vegan. I promptly rushed out to Wegmans, hoping that this would be true for their store brand chips (since their store brand products are great). And, friends, it is! Also, I checked another brand, an "artisan" chocolate called Scharffen Berger, which some of you may be familiar with. Also vegan, meaning made with non-gmo soy lecithin instead of unnecessary milk based stabilizers. The 6 oz semisweet and baking bars at Wegmans are $5 each, though this website lists a 3oz semisweet bar for $5, so rock on Wegmans with your five star self I have taken the liberty to round up.
If you haven't been to Wegmans, you must go. Overall, their prices are excellent (but I never purchased meat/fish/dairy there, so I don't know about the prices on that stuff), it will not break the bank like, for example, Whole Foods. Wegmans has everything I want to eat. They are a grocery store, a bakery, a restaurant, a great natural foods store, a mini kitchen wares store, a florist, a pharmacy...They stock everything from Tofutti Better Than Creme Cheese (um, they did run out like two weeks before Thanksgiving, though, good thing I already had mine) to black sesame seeds, crystallized ginger, you name it. They have a HUGE organic section and you could do almost all your shopping there. They carry Braggs Liquid Aminos near the soy in the organic section, which is also nice. Their store brand stuff is GREAT, often better than the name brand competitors.
It is always crowded, though, so expect to take a few extra seconds to park and do expect to be there a while. You might have to wait behind someone with a "big order" or some rowdy toddlers in the check-out line, so don't have a fit, it's worth it! If you go at like 2pm, right before school gets out, it's usually ok for like 30 minutes :-) If you can go late, right before it closes, you will probably do well, or at 6am when it opens, probably also good. Let me know if you find a great time to go. It is way worth the drive over the bridge from Philly, so common' over Philly people, and stock up.
Ok, enough of this commercial for Weggies. Get out there and Stock Your Pantry. Seriously, they have everything. You need that vital wheat gluten to make Grandma Margies' Meatballs? Or some aseptic tofu to make that Triple Orange Bread Pudding? It's called Wegmans, people.
And this concludes the Stock Your Pantry Series. Just go to Wegmans. Grandma Margie says so!
Just don't leave your list in the car. Trust me.