I receive atleast 2 dozen mails per week asking for various bits of information about where to buy material for chocolate making, not just in hyderabad, but in bangalore and chennai too. Replying individually is now getting very tiring. I thought it would be helpful to write a single post on all of this for the benefit of all my readers. All of this information is for wholesale / bulk supplies. At the end of the post, I’ve included information of a few supermarkets/ departmental stores which stock a few items too.
Please note that these are just pointers. The best way to find something locally is to ask around. the internet is not yet full of information about hole in the wall places in india where supplies are available.
For Chocolate Making you will essentially need cooking chocolate slabs, Chocolate moulds, , essence, colour, wrapping paper, etc. If you want to attempt fancy packing you will need gift boxes, fancy bags and pouches and other chocolate making paraphenelia. the places listed below have all of these.
A word about Chocolate Slabs: There are many varieties which differ in price and obviously quality. My advise to you is to buy the best that you can afford. In India, there is usually no indication of percentage of cocoa which is clearly marked on imported chocolate. the basic dark, white and milk variants are available.
Sri Venkateshwara Agencies, General Bazar.
Directions: Get into the main market lane (after the MG statue) and walk past Taruni , CheapJack and Kalpana footwear. go past hardware stores to find Venkateshwara Agencies on your right. The contact person is Prem.
Chawla Essence Mart
3-2-101, Opposite Bomana Bros General Bazaar, Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh 500003 - 040 27812061
Directions: entry is easier through RP Road, Enter at the dargah and walk about 200 metres into the lane. it is opposite Bommana Brothers cloth showroom, to the right of the road.
Adilaxmi Enterprises, Road 12, Banjara Hills, Next to Familia Hospital, Phone- 040 66633608
General Foods and Additives
No.175/3, Opp SBI ATM, 1st Mn Rd, Seshadripuram, Bangalore – 560020
Contact person: Ramachandra Tk
(80)-23367878, 23367874, 23360517
Viveka Essence Mart
No 285/128, Wall TAX Road, Park Town, Chennai – 600003
Directions: This is the lane adjacent to the Chennai Central Station, several of the parallel roads lead to this area sriwhich has an abundance of wholesale chocolate making and baking supply stores. Viveka is the one i go to when in chennai, but there are several others as well.
Retail sellers of chocolate slabs, choco chips, cake decoration material, icing guns and nozzles, baking tins, muffin cups (paper and silicone), tart pans, cookie cutters, icing sugar, food colours, essence etc.
Q mart – Banjara Hills
Ratnadeep Super Market – Hitech city, Sri Nagar Colony and Vikrampuri
Hypercity – Opp I labs, Hitech City
Nilgiris – Jubilee Hills, Manikonda, Sri Nagar Colony and Padmarao Nagar
Spar – Greenlands, Begumpet. a little ahead of Grand Kakatiya
Nilgiris – call to check since the smallers stores do not have the full range of supplies
Amma naana – Chamiers Road Nandanam
Nilgiris Supermarket - Brigade Road (has practically everything needed for baking, cake decoration and chocolate making, they also have excellent cocoa powder under their own brand. makes good sense to stock up, the other myriad branches across the city dont have as much stuff)
Spar Hypermarket – Koramangala