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 may not always be possible. I thought it would be helpful to write a single post on this for the benefit of my readers. Most of the vendors here are 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.
Most supermarkets and large and medium sized departmental stores are now stocking baking material and paraphernalia. A lot of facebook groups also have resource guides with pointers and information.
Wholesale and retail sales
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 Bommana 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.
Lohiya Agrotech / Baker’s Super Mart
7-1-215/f4, Shop No.6 & 6, Tirumala Towers, Dharam Karan Rd, Ameerpet, Hyderabad
092 46 297889
Adilaxmi Enterprises, Road 12, Banjara Hills, Next to Familia Hospital, Phone- 040 66633608
Baker’s Kraft (specialty baking supplies store, stockist for Wilton products including fondant supplies)
Ground Floor,Vasant Towers, Behind Shoppers Stop, Begumpet Phone number – 040 2776 3856
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.
Delhi / Gurgaon
Morning Stores in GK I
Le Marche in Vasant Vihar (or one of the big markets in South Delhi)
Needs in Gurgaon
Supermarkets and Departmental Stores
Q mart – 5th Floor, Uptown Banjara, Road No. 3, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad
Ratnadeep Super Market – Hitech city, Kondapur, Madinaguda, Gachibowli, Sri Nagar Colony and Vikrampuri
Hypercity – Inorbit MAll, Opp I labs, Hitech City
Auchan – Oasis Centre Begumpet, 3rd floor, #6-3-112, Begumpet, Phone: 040-44386233
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 don’t have as much stuff)
Auchan Supermarket – 3rd floor, Salarpuria Tech Point, Koramangala, Mantri Square Malleshwaram, Bannerghatta Road, Gopalan Signature Mall
Auchan has brances in Chennai, Coimbatore, Mangalore, Pune, Delhi, Gurgaon, Pune, Vijayawada and Ghaziabad. They are a well stocked supermarket and should have most of the basic pans, baking tools and ingredients needed for baking and chocolate making.
There are a lot of reliable websites that have good quality, often imported baking, pastry and chocolate supplies, tools and equipment. If you live in a city that does not have a store, these are good (tho usually more expensive) options. This is not an exhaustive list. Please leave a comment if you know of any other sources.