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Michael Woloszyn replied to Robyn Dochterman's discussion Polycarbonate molds for sale in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Can you tell me what is left and your price for all the remaining molds?"
9 hours ago
Miri Bux replied to Rene Elkaslasy's discussion Selling Hobart Mixer in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
" I searched for a Hobart mixer and came across your ad. I know you've posted this back in 2011. Just checking if this still might be available?"
12 hours ago
Profile IconMiri Bux and Nicholas Agro 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
12 hours ago
ChocoFiles commented on Vera Hofman's photo

Gardini Trinidad 66%

"Vera, I know that you don't rate chocolate, but I sure wish that you did. Everybody has at least a 3 point rating scale, even if it is totally informal and just in their head: 1. Below Average (aka Don't Like / Don't buy again), 2.…"
15 hours ago
Jerry Caudle added a discussion to the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted

LOOKING FOR A FireMixer-14 Table-Top Automatic Electric Cooker Mixer

15 hours ago
Nicholas Agro replied to Marianna Halassy's discussion Wanted: Hilliard's Little Dipper in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Marianna,      I have 2 used and I'm asking $1100. each or both for $2000"
16 hours ago
Nicholas Agro replied to Jerry Caudle's discussion WANTED TO PURCHASE USED HILLARD LITTLE DIPPER in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Jerry,      I have 2 used little dippers.I am asking $1100 each for them. "
16 hours ago
Krista replied to Kate Mulderig Mason's discussion For Sale/8/20/14/Hilliard's Little Dipper in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Did this sale go through? Is it still available?"
17 hours ago
ChocoFiles liked Vera Hofman's photo
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ChocoFiles commented on Vera Hofman's photo

Felchlin grand cru selection

"Does anyone know if this selection of 5 origins is available anywhere in the US?"
18 hours ago
ChocoFiles liked Vera Hofman's photo
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Melanie replied to Candyman's discussion Hilliard Chocolate Six Inch Coater in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Is this still available? I am looking for the 6" coater and temperer."
Gap replied to Tom's discussion Australian Chocolate Update in the group Chocolate Down Under
"OK, managed to get hold of some Bright Chocolate - the Madagascar and the Trinidad. Very smooth - reminded me of a European style dark chocolate initially, but that got me wondering about their machinery. Looking on their website, it looks like they…"
Landen Zernickow posted a blog post

Premier Wonder Grinder

A new post is up about our new melanger and our biggest batch yet! Check it out at the address below: More
Milford Dennison left a comment for Preston Stewart
"What exactly can I help you with I use a champion juicer to Crack and grind the beans and I made a winnowing machine from pvc and a 2.5 hp shop vav the winnowing machine is about 97% effective but I would use the vac that sits on a 5gal bucket so I…"
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conche machine

Started by mariano garcia in Opinion. Last reply by mariano garcia yesterday. 5 Replies

Hi all,anyone know if this machine is good for conching chocolate?…Continue

Chocolate Academy - Callibaut

Started by Christian Tyler in Chocolate Education yesterday. 0 Replies

Has anyone taken the Chocolate Academy International Chocolate making class from Callebaut?  I am trying to find classes here in Brazil to perfect my chocolate making abilities. Could anyone please give me any feedback about their experience with…Continue

Where to buy chocolate in Europa

Started by Bjarne Bremholm in Tasting Notes on Sunday. 0 Replies

It is very expencive to buy chocolate in Denmark.Idears are welcome :-)Bjarne - living in the suburbn of Copenhagen.Continue

How can I sell chocolate online?

Started by Tet Kay in Tech Help. Last reply by Michael Arnovitz on Sunday. 5 Replies

Hi, newbie chocolate maker here. I have been making chocolate quite some time now for close friends and international business. I would like to take my chocolates online but find information regarding this really hard to find.Not sure if there's a…Continue

Alternative sugars used?

Started by Sandy Phillips in Tech Help. Last reply by Ernesto Bugarin Pantua Jr. on Saturday. 5 Replies

Hi everyone,We have been asked many times to make a chocolate that diabetics can have, and I understand beet sugar works well for that purpose.  Has anyone here tried using beet sugar in their chocolate?  Or have you tried coconut sugar as well?…Continue

What the Chocolate Industry Needs is A $100 Bar of Chocolate

Started by Clay Gordon in Opinion. Last reply by ChocoFiles on Saturday. 79 Replies

When I was in London a couple of weeks ago speaking at the Academy of Chocolate conference, I had the great privilege of being the last speaker of the day. This enabled me to pay attention to what everybody else was saying and present a summary of…Continue

Revolution (Rev) 3Z Chocolate Tempering Machine Temperer

Started by Christine Doerr in Opinion. Last reply by Skeet on Friday. 4 Replies

Anybody used the Revolution (Rev) 3Z Chocolate Tempering Machine Temperer? If so, did you like it? Thanks! ChristineContinue

Tags: Machine, Temperer, Tempering, Chocolate, (Rev)

Sticking it to the Apple!

Started by Scotty Jackson in Tech Help. Last reply by Scotty Jackson on Thursday. 2 Replies

Hello everyone!  This is my first discussion and I am very excited to be a part of this community!  There is a tool that I have searched high and low for that is used to put sticks in applesI have included an image(…Continue

Tags: Apples!, 'Dem

Need your opion and insight..

Started by Stephane Laviolette in Opinion. Last reply by Stephane Laviolette on Thursday. 4 Replies

Hi, About 6 weeks ago I opened up a chocolate kiosk within a very popular candy store, now what I taught would be smooth sailing has proven to be a real challenge.. I am restricted to 160sq/ft production and retail space.I am offering a bit of…Continue

looking for a decent tempering machine ASAP

Started by sabrina in Opinion. Last reply by garay more on Thursday. 17 Replies

Hi I'm starting a small home business and  would like to by a good used tempering machine! Not looking for any particular kind just a good one to start. Any recommendations are accepted.ThanksContinue


Support Clay's International Travels and Support TheChocolateLife!

June 2014 marks the first open meeting for Direct Cacao - a new association that is working hard to help create direct sourcing relationships between chocolate makers and cocoa growers around the world.

I would like to go, but my resources for international travel are limited and I don't have a consulting client who'll pick up my expenses. I've already been to the CHOCOA conference on sustainable cocoa earlier this year, and am looking forward to returning to Europe in October for the ORIGIN Chocolate conference. I am also going back to Peru for the Salon del Cacao y Chocolate in July and want to return to Ecuador for ANECACAO at the end of August.

$2000 will cover all expenses to go to Direct Cacao. Any other monies raised will go towards other travel opportunities. These are not tax-deductible contributions. However, if you do appreciate the resources and the community TheChocolateLife provides - completely free of charge - please consider a donation. As in the past, I will be blogging and uploading photos during my travels. I will be collecting donations (via PayPal) into the first week in June.

:: Clay

[Note: PayPal account is in the name of WebWideGuides.]

Blog Posts

Premier Wonder Grinder

Posted by Landen Zernickow on August 25, 2014 at 9:57pm 0 Comments

A new post is up about our new melanger and our biggest batch yet! Check it out at the address below:

Winnowing Woes

Posted by Landen Zernickow on August 24, 2014 at 1:31am 0 Comments

Hi chocolate-making community,

A new post is up on the blog about winnowing. Help me figure out a smart solution for winnowing at home that doesn't break the bank or require expert engineering skills!

Looking forward to your advice!


Flourless White Chocolate Cake

Posted by Lisabeth Flanagan on August 21, 2014 at 8:22am 0 Comments

I do a lot of experimenting with Flourless Chocolate Cake, and lately I have worked on recipes for white and milk chocolate (instead of the same ol' dark chocolate cake). Here is result of my white chocolate experiments with fresh Ontario peaches:  I'd love to see your flourless chocolate cake…


What's your favourite 85%

Posted by Lisabeth Flanagan on August 21, 2014 at 8:17am 0 Comments

I have tried all the commercial brands and some craft brands....but what are your favourite craft, bean-to-bar 85% dark chocolate bars?  Please tell me in the comments section on my blog page:

Health Benefits of Dark Chocolates

Posted by Freddy Falck on August 19, 2014 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

Dark chocolate is probably one food that is not only sinfully delicious but nutritious at the same time. Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants and contains a good amount of soluble fiber and essential minerals. A 100 gram bar of dark chocolate contains 70-85% of cocoa extract. If you further breakdown the contents, you get fiber, iron, magnesium, copper and manganese, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium. Of course, we can’t afford to forget that it also contains a considerable…


Transgenic theobroma cacao

Posted by José Crespo on August 17, 2014 at 5:30pm 0 Comments

Reading some papers about cacao propagation I stumbled upon a granted patent on embryogenesis procedure on theobroma cacao tree. What I found alarming is that as long as a decade there're methods to introduce external traits to the embryo. Oficially creating a GMO cacao tree.

Here's some extract from the document : 

"A “foreign gene” is intended to mean any gene or polynucleotide not naturally found in cacao. In addition, this technology enables the…


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