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Justin Schaffer added a discussion to the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
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8 Arm Mould Spinner - $3,000

This machine was just refurbished last month and im looking to sell it to purchase different equipment. Its a Tomric machine and it works great. It features 8 magnetic arms and works great! I will also include 8 magnetic molds for creating truffle shells. Make your own shells for pennies! Machine also works great for Easter chocolates like Eggs, Bunnies that you want to make hollow. Make me an offer for the machine!Looking to sell it in the next month! Thanks Justin…See More
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Justin Schaffer replied to Ismael Neggaz's discussion Buying panning machine
"Hey Ismael, I don't know if your interested but i have a panning machine for sale. Im asking $750. It has variable speeds and works great. Text me if your interested and ill send you some videos of the machine.  Justin  239-980-9753"
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It's Chocolate replied to It's Chocolate's discussion 100 injected polycarbonate never used 2 ounce bar molds for sale. in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"The molds are sturdy and easy to clean."
5 hours ago
It's Chocolate replied to It's Chocolate's discussion 100 injected polycarbonate never used 2 ounce bar molds for sale. in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"We added more pictures of the molds."
5 hours ago
It's Chocolate replied to It's Chocolate's discussion 100 injected polycarbonate never used 2 ounce bar molds for sale. in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"We can ship to the Washington area."
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Alek Dabo replied to It's Chocolate's discussion 100 injected polycarbonate never used 2 ounce bar molds for sale. in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Would you ship to the Washington D.C area? If yes, I'd be interested to buy you 30. Starting Wednesday Sept 3rd I can be reached on U.S phone 571-253-3206 Thank you, Alek"
7 hours ago
Juan Pablo Buchert replied to Lisa R's discussion wholesale cacao beans/nibs in the group Startup Central
"Hello Lisa, We can now ship small quantities of Premium Costarican cacao beans to the Continental US at the following prices. Cacao Lb    Total $    2.5               $22      5.0               $40       7.5         …"
7 hours ago
Juan Pablo Buchert replied to Lisa R's discussion wholesale cacao beans/nibs in the group Startup Central
"Hello Landen. when we send small quantities of beans to our customers in the US, they only needed a copy of the invoice and the phyto-sanitary certificate, that are issued at origin and handed over by the freight forwarder.  Sometimes they…"
7 hours ago
Landen Zernickow replied to Lisa R's discussion wholesale cacao beans/nibs in the group Startup Central
"Hi Thomas, thanks for explaining your process! Could you help explain what are the regulations and licensing required to import beans to the US? Thanks again!"
7 hours ago
Landen Zernickow replied to Lisa R's discussion wholesale cacao beans/nibs in the group Startup Central
"Emilio, Please let me know when you find out! I've asked a similar question and am not sure of what regulations, licensing, etc. are required to import beans to the US! Thanks, Landen"
7 hours ago
Landen Zernickow replied to Landen Zernickow's discussion Sourcing cacao beans in the group Startup Central
"Hi again, I've loved connecting with each of you about your cocoa beans and I'm eager to get started! Yes, I want to come to Ecuador. Piper, I'm excited to make our first batch with the sample you sent me. And Harald, I love the idea…"
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Dan Bieser and Landen Zernickow are now friends
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Ismael Neggaz replied to Ismael Neggaz's discussion Buying panning machine
"Hi Peter. any ideas for the cooling system? Thanks Ismael"
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Joe Putnam replied to Allie R.'s discussion Sugar Free
"Stephanie Mayes, a diabetic herself, was the owner of Angelic Chocolates and if you read about her you will find that she was looking for a way to feed herself chocolate without affecting her diabetes too much. She found this in her refined recipe…"
9 hours ago
It's Chocolate replied to It's Chocolate's discussion 100 injected polycarbonate never used 2 ounce bar molds for sale. in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"The molds are shipping from North Carolina."
10 hours ago
Kate Mulderig Mason replied to It's Chocolate's discussion 100 injected polycarbonate never used 2 ounce bar molds for sale. in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"I would be interested in two to three trays. Would like to see better photos if possible. And where would they be shipping from? Thanks. "
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Peter replied to Ismael Neggaz's discussion Buying panning machine
"I think these pans on offer at Union Machinery are much too large for what you need. A quick google search found this: http://www.bid-on-equipment.com/Item/194510~16%22+Stainless+Steel+Rotating+Pan+.htm Possibly much more suitable sizewise and about…"
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Buying panning machine

Started by Ismael Neggaz in Tasting Notes. Last reply by Justin Schaffer 1 hour ago. 3 Replies

Hi all.I'm thinking of buying panning machine to panning nuts & dry fruits.bath size 20 to 40 lbs.Selmi is just too expensive for me.I'm looking at Union Machinery and on the web they are so many.I would like to ask if anyone of you like one…Continue

Sugar Free

Started by Allie R. in Opinion. Last reply by Joe Putnam 9 hours ago. 9 Replies

I have been researching and testing various recipes for sugar free chocolates.  A friend recently stumbled upon a sugar free version during her family vacation to Williamsburg, VA.  The chocolate is claimed to be dairy free and sugar free and…Continue

Effect of Cocoa Butter on tempering

Started by Francis Murchison in Micro-Batch "Homebrew" Chocolate. Last reply by Peter 21 hours ago. 5 Replies

Hello chocolatiers!I recently came into a streak of what seems to be serious bad luck with tempering. Six failed attempts on three batches of chocolate. And this after years of relatively successful hand tempering. Here are the variables:Southern…Continue

Tags: butter, cocoa, Tempering

tempering which is better Hilliard's Little Dippe or chocovision revolation delta?

Started by mariano garcia in Tasting Notes yesterday. 0 Replies

need to buy a tempering machine and want to know what the best of these two brands.Continue

job in confectionery industry

Started by Goran Vjestica in Allow Me to Introduce Myself. Last reply by Goran Vjestica yesterday. 6 Replies

Do you say how I can to find a job in confectionery industry, special chocolate industry?Continue

Heavy Metals

Started by Tom in Chocolate Education. Last reply by Tom yesterday. 9 Replies

I am wondering with all the new small bean to bar chocolate makers if any are getting heavy metal testing done. This I am curious about because some makers maybe get a bag or two in from obscure sources and heavy metal testing may not be something…Continue

Tags: metals, heavy

Packaging fudge

Started by Valerie Herskowitz in Uncategorized yesterday. 0 Replies

We have decided to add fudge to our product line. How do you all normally sell it? And how is it packaged. Is it just placed in a box and sold by the pound or are their packaging inserts that are used like candy trays and cups are used for bonbons?…Continue

Where to buy chocolate in Europa

Started by Bjarne Bremholm in Tasting Notes. Last reply by Kris Kellens on Saturday. 2 Replies

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

How to Value a Chocolate Business

Started by Mickey Miller in Uncategorized on Saturday. 0 Replies

I will be selling my small chocolate business, but I am unsure how to value it.  I've read a lot online about selling and valuing businesses, but nothing seems similar enough to what I'm doing to serve as a good guide.For equipment, packaging and…Continue

Tags: financial, business, Selling

Extruder for Sale: 1-1/2" with knife cutter.

Started by Don Bankler in Geek Gear - Cool Tools. Last reply by Clay Gordon on Friday. 1 Reply

Warner extruder with 1-1/2 opening and auto knife cutter. Good for batch production on a variety of centers.Variable speed knife cutter to adjust size of portion.$650.00 OBO  + Creating $55.00 extra or pick up in Texas.Continue

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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.

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Blog Posts

Cacao Sampaka

Posted by Ggirl Bldr on August 30, 2014 at 11:13am 0 Comments

Cacao Sampaka

I've become a chocolate snob. Actually, I knew that, but I didn't realize how much of one I have become. Maybe I have always been one; I'm not sure. I was born into a family of chocolate aficionados after all, and my…
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Clay Gordon on living the chocolate life

Posted by Landen Zernickow on August 28, 2014 at 9:46pm 0 Comments

“You never know when a small decision will have a profound impact on your life.” – Clay Gordon, the world’s first international chocolate critic

Read more on today's blog post, part one of a two-part series with The Chocolate Life's own Clay Gordon!

http://rootchocolate.com/2014/08/28/clay-gordon-on-living-the-chocolate-life/

Chocolate Ganache-Topped Chocolate-Cherry CUP-PAKENs

Posted by Lisabeth Flanagan on August 28, 2014 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

Chocolate and cherry is always a delicious combination, and this recipe is no exception. These 'cup-pakens' have mini cherry pies hidden inside of moist chocolate cupcakes.  Best of all, they are topped with a rich, real-cream chocolate ganache.  Try it!  I guarantee you will impress all…

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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:

http://rootchocolate.com/2014/08/25/premier_wonder_grinder/

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!

http://rootchocolate.com/2014/08/23/winnowing-woes/

Looking forward to your advice!

Landen

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: http://ultimatelychocolatecakes.blogspot.ca/2014/08/flourless-white-chocolate-cake-with.html  I'd love to see your flourless chocolate cake…

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