I'm going to start baking and freezing cookies and treats for an event in December. The first I'll make is a nice, flour-less chocolate and coconut recipe. This calls for unsweetened chocolate, sweet shredded coconut and pecan pieces.
I'm tempted to go to the local bulk food store to get these ingredients. However, the last time I got some shredded coconut there, to make some trail mix, the coconut tasted like pencil shavings. While it is one-stop shopping, with the impression that the products are sold at a discount, I'm wondering if they are just selling crappy, sub-standard ingredients, that are not worth the savings. There is nothing worse than going to the trouble of putting together a good recipe, only to find out the ingredients do not taste very good. That is why I am usually a premium ingredient cook.
I'm wondering what people think about these bulk food stores, or has any background as to how they are run and whether they operate by selling poor products without any significant benefit to the consumer. Thanks for any insight.