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David Senk replied to David Senk's discussion Shared Journey in the group Startup Central
"It's been a long road, and there's a lot more in front of us (at least we certainly hope that's the case! ), but we wanted to share that we reached an important milestone in our journey this last week -- our first sale! It was a very…"
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Matis Max replied to Amber B.'s discussion Display cases
" Beautiful! I found similar products on this website:; It really help me chose the ideal solution for my place. "
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David Senk replied to David Senk's discussion Shared Journey in the group Startup Central
"The pleasure was all ours Landen -- we look forward to keeping in touch, and to growing and learning right along side of you and Richard!"
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Profile IconFrancine Satriale, Marcia Schuffman and Peter hooper joined Clay Gordon's group

Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted

This is the group where ChocolateLife members can A) Advertise USED equipment for sale to other ChocolateLife members. B) Let other ChocolateLife members know that they are looking for equipment (new or used).See More
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Cher Diamond replied to Marianna Halassy's discussion Wanted: Hilliard's Little Dipper in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Do you still have one of the Little Hilliards. Mine self-destructed and I am having trouble with the repair, so I am considering replacing. What state are you in?"
10 hours ago
MRA replied to Susie's discussion chocolate brand to choose, pricing vs taste
"For something like a bar, use NV every time - especially if it's a plain tasting bar. If it's for enrobing or recipe making, use the Van Leer... You can immediately tell the difference when opening case of NV - the aroma is fuller and…"
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Marcia Schuffman added a discussion to the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted

FOR SALE: Chocovision Rev 2 Tempering Machine; 1.5 lb. capacity

Barely used; Machine located in New Jersey. In perfect condition. Contact me @ mschuffman@gmail.comSee More
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MRA replied to Peter hooper's discussion WANTED: Chocolate Six Inch Enrober with tempering. Hilliard, Bakon or similar. in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"I have a Prefamac machine that we used in startup. Bought it new, and it was a total workhorse. Contact me if you'd like more information: "
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Peter hooper added a discussion to the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted

WANTED: Chocolate Six Inch Enrober with tempering. Hilliard, Bakon or similar.

Looking for a small reliable enrober for a small startup.
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Started by Amber B. in Opinion. Last reply by Matis Max 44 minutes ago. 17 Replies

Refrigeration vs. non-refrigerated?Hello everyone. My name is Amber and I've been surfing The Chocolate Life and gleaning all sorts of wisdom and for that I thank you. You are all very kind-hearted and helpful...not to mention extremely…Continue

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chocolate brand to choose, pricing vs taste

Started by Susie in Opinion. Last reply by MRA 11 hours ago. 3 Replies

I am deciding which chocolate to bring in..Callebaut 823NV milk (more expensive) or Van LeerBel Lactee Milk.Callebaut 70-30-38NV (more expensive) or Van Leer Bel Noir 73% DarkCan general public really tell one is better than the other?Continue

praline paste storage

Started by Andrea Bauer in Tasting Notes. Last reply by Gap yesterday. 5 Replies

Hi,I made praline paste today for a specific recipe and have some extra.  How do I store it?  Room temperature? Fridge? Freezer? Thanks,Andrea Continue

Praline fillings

Started by Hilmir Kolbeins in Recipes. Last reply by Goran Vjestica on Friday. 13 Replies

HI, again I´m searching for some help. I´m trying to prefect a methood of making a filling that´s made of Glucose and sugar with added flavor. So I can make a filling for praline.Does any one have a recipes they want to share with me.Continue

Questions about cocoa beans

Started by Franzi in Allow Me to Introduce Myself. Last reply by Franzi on Friday. 2 Replies

Hello,I am new to this forum and have a few questions to all the bean-to-bar chocolatiers. I have a friend in Trinidad & Tobago who knows several cocoa farmers and would like to start a little trade business selling the beans to chocolatiers. I…Continue

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Tempering & enrobing system advice

Started by Dirke Botsford in Opinion. Last reply by Al Garnsworthy on Friday. 11 Replies

Currently looking for a tempering system with the idea of having an enrobing line to attach to it later down the road. I was looking at the Chocovision 3z as I like their equipment and their support is first class but they are still working on an…Continue

Using leaves as template for chocolate

Started by John Duxbury in Tasting Notes on Friday. 0 Replies

Hello All.  I've just started making decorative leaves and I'd like to get some feedback on my selection.  I'm using Lemon Leaves (Salal leaves), and have been told that they're non-toxic.  I wash and rinse them before covering with chocolate.  When…Continue

What is the difference : INNO CONCEPT grinder ICGC C 65 / ECGC 65

Started by Marinko Biskic in Tech Help. Last reply by Marinko Biskic on Friday. 2 Replies

Does anyone have information , what is the difference between the INNO CONCEPT grinder ICGC C-65 (price $ 2,999) and ECGC 65 (price $ 7,400).  I'm talking about models without additional equipment.Both have the same engine and the same capacity.Continue

Why does My Cocoa butter chip?

Started by Keti in Tech Help. Last reply by Gap on Thursday. 4 Replies

I have been having a problem with my Cocoa butter chipping when removing it from my molds.   I have tempered it and it has a beautiful shine when it comes out but some of them have portions of the cocoa butter chipped off.  I am using a spray gun…Continue

india grinder 40l= 1500 USD ??

Started by Marinko Biskic in Tech Help. Last reply by Luvin Paryani on Thursday. 3 Replies

Does anyone know if there's a company or a web hoax from fake company. They sent me a quote for the grinder 40lit price $ 1,500. KUMAARINDUSTRIES.CO.IN…Continue


2014 Travel and Presentation Schedule

October 3-5: NW Chocolate Festival (Seattle, WA - on the FBM stand))

October 16: Academy of Chocolate (London - presenting)

October 18: The Chocolate Show (London - presenting)

October 25: Origin Chocolate conference (Amsterdam - presenting)

October 30-Nov 1: Salon du Chocolat (Paris - visiting)

Donations always welcome to help cover the costs of international travel and to support the work required to keep TheChocolateLife running. [Note: PayPal account is in the name of WebWideGuides.]

Blog Posts

Root Chocolate - Slow Food

Posted by Landen Zernickow on September 18, 2014 at 5:16pm 0 Comments

A better, cleaner and fairer world begins with what we put on our plates – and our daily choices determine the future of the environment, economy and society. – Slow Food USA

This is so relevant to those of us who make chocolate at home and who take the time to create chocolate from the bean. Read more on the blog:…


A visit with local chocolate makers

Posted by Landen Zernickow on September 15, 2014 at 6:46pm 0 Comments

Richard and I took our Root Chocolate selves over to visit another couple of local chocolate makers and we are so honored to count David and Leslie among our new chocolate - making community now! Learn more here:

Siriana Cacao

Posted by Landen Zernickow on September 11, 2014 at 3:53pm 0 Comments

Read about our experience making chocolate with Siriana Cacao today on the blog:

Thanks, Piper!

Supply chain and chocolate

Posted by Landen Zernickow on September 8, 2014 at 6:36pm 1 Comment

What does supply chain have to do with chocolate? Read more on the blog about my personal connection to supply chain consciousness!

Tempering and Bloom

Posted by Landen Zernickow on September 4, 2014 at 8:38pm 0 Comments

Check out today's post on our experience with tempering and bloom. This has been one of the most evasive parts of making chocolate and we're looking for advice from the experts. Read about our attempts and let us know what you suggest!

Advice for making chocolate at home

Posted by Landen Zernickow on September 2, 2014 at 7:14pm 2 Comments

A new blog post is up, featuring Clay Gordon's advice for making chocolate at home. Enjoy!


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