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Candy F. Cole replied to Sarah Hart's discussion hilliards Little Dipper and the end of 100 watt lightbulbs...
"Grainger carries the replacement bulbs, part ID is 5UCW0.  I contacted Hilliards and they recommended this bulb.  I bought 4 for under $15.  They say they provide 20,000 hours.  Hope this helps! "
8 minutes ago
Maroun Milan commented on Clay Gordon's group Startup Central
"Dear sir im chocolate specialist and machine manufacturer any question you may need don't hesitate to ask"
1 hour ago
MEOW replied to Balu Bala's discussion Cocoa Farms visit and "Bean to Bar" educational training at Coimbatore India in the group Chocolate In India
"Yes, please share the photos from the farm and please let us know at least a month earlier next time, so we can arrange our travel plans accordingly."
3 hours ago
MEOW replied to Priya Mankotia's discussion How to get proper round shape Truffles in the group Chocolate In India
"Hello Priya, Welcome to the group of Indian Chocolatiers. Can you tell me what tools are you using and is it the shape which is getting distorted ? Are you using melted compounds for your dips ? There are molds available for round shape truffles,…"
3 hours ago
Randy added 2 discussions to the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
3 hours ago
MEOW replied to Song Cho's discussion For the Indian market, Real? or Compound? in the group Chocolate In India
"Annyeong haseyo Song, Yes, in the next few years we do see real chocolates to grow but not very vastly compared to compounds. Compound chocolates are growing and will keep on growing if the quality of those compounds are maintained, also many of…"
3 hours ago
Eric Conceicao updated their profile
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Dawn 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
3 hours ago
David Menkes replied to Eric Conceicao's discussion Small Scale Chocolate - Equipment Needed in the group Home Brew Chocolate
"How are you planning on tempering?"
4 hours ago
Eric Conceicao added a discussion to the group Home Brew Chocolate

Small Scale Chocolate - Equipment Needed

Hello all.I am interested in producing chocolate from raw cacao beans in small quantities. I would greatly appreciate help with additional equipment/resources needed.After a bit of research on simple equipment, I am leaning toward a Behmoor coffee roaster, a stone grinder (which I own), and a winnower devised from a vacuum device, pvc pipe, juicer combination. Does anybody have reccomendations on important equipment beyond this stage? Thanks!-Eric C.See More
4 hours ago
Eric Conceicao commented on Clay Gordon's group Startup Central
"Hello all! I am from Portugal, and am very interested in producing pure chocolate on a small scale (possibly expanding to vend small quantities). I am excited to share my passion for chocolate with others. I am new to chocolate making, and am…"
4 hours ago
Eric Conceicao joined Clay Gordon's group

Home Brew Chocolate

This group is for ChocolateLife members making, or who are interested in making, chocolate from the bean."Home Brew" means you haven't gone out and spent millions-you're mixing and matching (and making) what it takes to make it work.See More
4 hours ago
Eric Conceicao joined Clay Gordon's group

Startup Central

Are you looking to start a chocolate business? Want to talk to others who've been there or done that - or have you been there and done it and want to share with others? This is the place to discuss it.See More
4 hours ago
Deborah Prinz posted a video

On the Chocolate Trail with Deborah Prinz

Take a delectable journey through the religious history of chocolate—a real treat! Explore the surprising religious connections to chocolate in this gastrono...
4 hours ago
Deborah Prinz posted an event

Deborah Prinz at Center for Jewish History

October 27, 2014 from 6:30pm to 8pm
Lecture and Book SigningRabbi Deborah Prinz draws from her world travels on the trail of chocolate to enchant chocoholics everywhere as she unwraps the role of Jews in the trade, retail and manufacture of chocolate since it was first introduced to Europeans, including the 1781 NYC “Chocolate Manufactory ” of Rebecca Gomez on Nassau Street. The business of chocolate in the American Colonial Period will be highlighted. See More
4 hours ago
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6 hours ago
Ilya Snowdon added a discussion to the group DIY

Home Made Roaster

Hi, I am now planing to build a home roaster.I will probably make something that looks like one of those miniature home coffee roasters.What I have seen  is most cocoa rosters seem to use Perforated stainless steel Sheet dramsWhat's the pros and cons of perforated vs solid drum for roasting Cocoa…See More
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The purpose of this group is to provide a place for ChocolateLife members to share their efforts in creating machines and gadgets - from winnowers to melters and more.See More
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Ilya Snowdon replied to Need beans's discussion Dust Deputy for winnower
"I have been using a manual meat grinder. You run the beans through with no Mincing plates in. they crack in the auger Chamber."
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"Thanks for the request. Have a nice day. Madan,"
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hilliards Little Dipper and the end of 100 watt lightbulbs...

Started by Sarah Hart in Tech Help. Last reply by Candy F. Cole 8 minutes ago. 4 Replies

I have a Little Dipper from when I first began my business 10 years ago. We still use it for specialized batches of things and for milk or white chocolate. My question. What is the work around for 100 watt lightbulbs once they are completely…Continue

Tags: lightbulbs, Dipper, Little, hilliards

Dust Deputy for winnower

Started by Need beans in Tech Help. Last reply by Ilya Snowdon 12 hours ago. 42 Replies

I've been playing around building a vortex and was just wondering if anyone is using a dust deputy for this?Continue

Chocolate bloom questions

Started by TerryHo in Tech Help 19 hours ago. 0 Replies

Good day everyone,I have some questions about chocolate bloom. I have a patch of conched chocolate and I'm about to age it as I learn that aging is a crucial final step in chocolate flavour development for dark chocolate and reduces the acid in…Continue

Seattle area Chocolate folk

Started by Reverend Pearson Hobart-Beaumari in Allow Me to Introduce Myself. Last reply by Clay Gordon yesterday. 1 Reply

Hi y'all,Freshly transplanted to Kirkland from North Carolina, I am looking to meet some local chocolate folk for talk, collaboration, or even for a job if there are any available.  I have moved here so my wife can get her Doctorate.  While I am…Continue

Tags: Washington, Seattle

chocovision skimmer vs dispenser

Started by Susie in Opinion yesterday. 0 Replies

chocovision skimmer vs dispenserskimmer is more expensive. But dispense just like the dispenser (cheaper). What are people paying more bucks for? I am debating on which one to get.I will make molded chocolate bar.ThanksContinue

Display cases

Started by Amber B. in Opinion. Last reply by Susie yesterday. 19 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

Tags: cases?, Display

Roaster review

Started by Donny Gagliardi in Opinion. Last reply by Donny Gagliardi yesterday. 4 Replies

Hi there,I am looking into some small scale home roasting roaster options.  I've narrowed it down to about 3: Behemor 1600, CocoaT Junior Roaster from Cocoa Town, or a stainless steel drum (RKdrums) hooked up to a rotisserie on my BBQ.From what I've…Continue

Chocolate Gifts Portal in India.

Started by Amruta Pandav in Allow Me to Introduce Myself. Last reply by Song Cho yesterday. 3 Replies

Hi All,I am operations manager of www.ChocolateCity.inWe are not a chocolatier. We do not make or manufacture chocolates. But yes, we are fascinated about Chocolates.We just sell chocolates online.…Continue

Tags: Chocolates, online, City, Shop, India

online school for chocolate making

Started by Rashmi Anand in Opinion yesterday. 0 Replies

Can someone please advise on the ecole chocolate online school

confusion about chocolates

Started by Rashmi Anand in Tech Help. Last reply by Rashmi Anand yesterday. 4 Replies

friends am new in the field of chocolate moulding. did a short course where I learnt to do different types of chocolates using 70 % dark and milk compound chocolate. However where I live in Ghana compounds are not available and unknowingly bought…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 31-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

Importing Cocoa Beans

Posted by Landen Zernickow on September 25, 2014 at 5:34pm 0 Comments

One of the implications of wanting to partner directly with cacao farmers is learning how to import cocoa beans.

My first ever post on The Chocolate Life was a naive call for small-scale farmers to send me their beans. Little did I know that one of the biggest hurdles to starting a “from the bean” chocolate…


Root Chocolate - Chocolate Texture

Posted by Landen Zernickow on September 22, 2014 at 4:35pm 0 Comments

At Root Chocolate, we've learned a lot since our first batch of chocolate and are starting to churn out more professional chocolate. However, we love the accessibility of our first recipe and its simplicity. Learn more about the biggest difference between our first and most recent batch, and what we have to say about keeping chocolate-making accessible!

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!


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