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Francis Boechat posted a photo
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Francis Boechat posted a discussion

Freezable chocolate packaging

Hi everyone,My Name is Francis Boechat. I am a proud manufacturer of Brigadeiros, a Brazilian sweet that takes chocolate as a main ingredient. Now I would like to expand my business and sell my sweets frozen. For this, I need a box for truffles that could go in the freezer. Could anyone help me with this, please?See More
3 minutes ago
Dirke replied to Clay Gordon's discussion Weird Flavors and Inclusions in Chocolate
"I made a wasabi pea praline for fun, it was a very interesting flavour. Would I make it again, probably not unless specifically asked as it was a very unique taste. One was enough for me. Although some of my asian friends enjoyed them significantly…"
4 minutes ago
Clay Gordon commented on Clay Gordon's event Salon del Cacao y Chocolate & La Ruta del Cacao
"ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DATES The Salon starts on the 3rd. If the opening ceremony is on the 3rd you want to be there for that as that's the day that will attract the most ministers and ambassadors. Last year the First Lady of Peru attended the…"
1 hour ago
The Chocolate Tourist replied to The Chocolate Tourist's discussion Chocolate Love: what first drew you to a life saturated with chocolate?
"Dirke! That is awesome! I love this stuff - it's so true of the way chocolate works, isn't it? We're just living our lives, minding our own business and suddenly we're swept away with a seemingly innocent taste. Which turns into…"
1 hour ago
Isaac Ekblad joined Clay Gordon's group
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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
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The Science of Chocolate

Are you interested in all the nitty gritty details of cacao and chocolate - genetics, geopolitics, agronomy, taxonomy, and the like? Then this is the group to join to take a deep dive into chocolate.
1 hour ago
Clay Gordon commented on Clay Gordon's event Salon del Cacao y Chocolate & La Ruta del Cacao
"HOTELS AND HOUSING Not everyone will be staying in the one hotel, for a variety of reasons.  If this year is the same as last year, the HQ hotel is the Sheraton Lima. It's certainly the most convenient. However it's not the nicest of…"
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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
1 hour ago
John Gunterman replied to Damaris Graves's discussion For Sale-ACMC Table Top Temperer in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Mark this one sold! Thanks again. "
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Isaac Ekblad updated their profile
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Isaac Ekblad posted a discussion

Moldy Beans?

I just bought a few kilos of beans from a local distributer and noticed that in the sack from Ecuador there were some pretty bizarre looking beans (totaling less than 10%, I would say), at least compared to other beans I've had before. Quite a few of the them had white specks on the outside/inside (mold?), were hollow or looked like they had been eaten by something, or were cut in half. There were also a handful of pea sized, shrunken beans and a few that looked like they had germinated. I'm…See More
1 hour ago
Omar Forastero replied to Or M's discussion What are the meterials of the chocolatier?
"I would taste and decide based on that.they all have a wide range of products.It all depends on your customers, what they like and how much they are willing to pay. We cannot really generalize and say callebaut is better than Belcolade for example,…"
1 hour ago
Katherine Botelho and Mark Gerrits are now friends
2 hours ago
Dirke replied to Chocolate Woman's discussion Packaging Machine
"I am still trying to find this, I am starting to think it doesn't exist unless you have $30,000+ to play with. Let me know if you find anything..."
3 hours ago
Dirke replied to The Chocolate Tourist's discussion Chocolate Love: what first drew you to a life saturated with chocolate?
"For me, I have always been a foodie but chocolate was just something I quickly grabbed while waiting at the check out isle at the grocery store. Until of course I did a winery tour and they offered me a tasting of ice wine in a chocolate cup. I…"
3 hours ago
Dirke replied to Dirke's discussion Guitar cutter
"Alright! I did it. Thanks for all the invaluable info. I bought the dedy from DR.ca. once I looked at the quality of how it was built compared to the plastic based guitar I could really see why it made sense to go with the metal based base. Sure it…"
3 hours ago
Mike replied to Nichole Warner's discussion CocoaTown Belt Shredding
"This same thing happened to me after just a handful of batches.  Its my experience that the folks at CocoaTown will do and say anything to not have to replace the belts on their machines.  I ended up buying replacements from…"
4 hours ago
Sweet matter physicist posted a blog post

Amsterdam Chocolatiers - Metropolitan

It took me a while to go through Amsterdam's chocolatiers with detailed blog posts. There's always personal favorites... and I knew from the beginning which was my number one chocolatier in town (although I like some other places quite a lot, too!). Anyway, when it comes to pralines/bonbons/chocolates, my favorite is:…See More
6 hours ago
The Chocolate Tourist posted a blog post

Middlebury Chocolates in Vermont

I subscribed to Standard Cocoa's monthly chocolate delivery service, and my first box contained Middlebury Chocolates! Small batches of handmade bean to bar chocolate.Good stuff!Read about the three bars I got!See More
6 hours ago
 

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Freezable chocolate packaging

Started by Francis Boechat in Uncategorized 3 minutes ago. 0 Replies

Hi everyone,My Name is Francis Boechat. I am a proud manufacturer of Brigadeiros, a Brazilian sweet that takes chocolate as a main ingredient. Now I would like to expand my business and sell my sweets frozen. For this, I need a box for truffles that…Continue

Weird Flavors and Inclusions in Chocolate

Started by Clay Gordon in Tasting Notes. Last reply by Dirke 4 minutes ago. 134 Replies

What's the weirdest flavor/inclusion combination you've not only heard of in chocolate but have actually eaten?Inquiring chocolate minds want to know.I will start things off by saying that I think the Austrians are among the most adventurous when it…Continue

Chocolate Love: what first drew you to a life saturated with chocolate?

Started by The Chocolate Tourist in Allow Me to Introduce Myself. Last reply by The Chocolate Tourist 1 hour ago. 2 Replies

The Chocolate Tourist is all about the stories behind chocolate makers and what motivates an artisan's passion to work with beans.For me, it all started with an atypical northern…Continue

Moldy Beans?

Started by Isaac Ekblad in Micro-Batch "Homebrew" Chocolate 1 hour ago. 0 Replies

I just bought a few kilos of beans from a local distributer and noticed that in the sack from Ecuador there were some pretty bizarre looking beans (totaling less than 10%, I would say), at least compared to other beans I've had before. Quite a few…Continue

Tags: funny, tastes, looking, weird, Moldy

What are the meterials of the chocolatier?

Started by Or M in Chocolate Education. Last reply by Omar Forastero 1 hour ago. 3 Replies

Hi,I am starting to learn the art of making chocolate.I have a basic question - do chocolatiers worldwide make their chocolates from cocoa butter + cocoa mass + vanilla, or they use premade chocolate like Valrhona, Callebaut, etc?ThanksOr MContinue

Tags: Valrhona, Callebaut, butter, cocoa, making

Packaging Machine

Started by Chocolate Woman in Where to Buy. Last reply by Dirke 3 hours ago. 1 Reply

Does anyone have a suggestion about a machine we can use for wrapping bars?  A cold seal machine? It is ok to have it manual, but I want something to speed up production.  We are trying to stay under $2000.  Any advice is most welcome. Continue

Guitar cutter

Started by Dirke in Where to Buy. Last reply by Dirke 3 hours ago. 6 Replies

I am thinking of biting the bullet and buying a guitar cutter, and looking for a supplier in Canada. Anyone know of anyone? or even a used one....Secondly, any recommendations? Double guitar or single? Pros or cons...do you find you use it enough to…Continue

Tags: guitarcutter, cutters

CocoaTown Belt Shredding

Started by Nichole Warner in Tech Help. Last reply by Mike 4 hours ago. 1 Reply

I just used my CocoaTown ECGC-65A for the first time last week and ended up with black powder all over the floor and under the bowl that appears to be shredded rubber from the belt. I pre-ground the nibs and it was a very small batch, less than 15…Continue

Fruit purée brands

Started by Andrea Bauer in Opinion. Last reply by Andrea Bauer 18 hours ago. 2 Replies

Hi All,I am in need of some fruit purées and am interested to know which brands people prefer. I have a brand I already use but I haven't been going through it as fast as expected and I feel the quantity I need to order is too much. I'd like to hear…Continue

Peanut Butter Cups

Started by Chocolate Woman in Where to Buy. Last reply by Chocolate Lover 18 hours ago. 4 Replies

Hello community. Can someone point me in the direction of a machine that can make peanut butter cups? Thanks!Continue

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Blog Posts

Middlebury Chocolates in Vermont

Posted by The Chocolate Tourist on April 23, 2014 at 10:30am 0 Comments

I subscribed to Standard Cocoa's monthly chocolate delivery service, and my first box contained Middlebury Chocolates! Small batches of handmade bean to bar chocolate.

Good stuff!…

Continue

Amsterdam Chocolatiers - Metropolitan

Posted by Sweet matter physicist on April 23, 2014 at 10:30am 0 Comments

It took me a while to go through Amsterdam's chocolatiers with detailed blog posts. There's always personal favorites... and I knew from the beginning which was my number one chocolatier in town (although I like some other places quite a lot, too!). Anyway, when it comes to pralines/bonbons/chocolates, my favorite is:…

Continue

Cacao Sense Dingayan Cacao Farm Story

Posted by Pinoy Chocophile on April 22, 2014 at 12:56am 0 Comments

Cacao sense is common sense

Most of our practices are based on common sense, keen observations and experiences gained throughout the years of our operations. In the farm, we have existing shade trees, like madre de kakaw and the big…

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Book Review: "Chocolate Chocolate," by Frances Park & Ginger Park

Posted by The Chocolate Tourist on April 13, 2014 at 6:04pm 0 Comments

I hope you will love this book as much as I did! A charming memoir of 25 years in business at the Washington, DC chocolate shop of the same name. A boost to every entrepreneur, dreamer, and chocolate lover.

Read all about it!

Chocolate Chocolate - family-run shop in DC

Posted by The Chocolate Tourist on April 9, 2014 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

What do you call the neighborhood shop that represents the dreams, hard work, family loyalty, and enduring passion for chocolate of two very special sisters? Chocolate Chocolate.

Read all about it on The Chocolate Tourist blog!…

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The Chocolate Chase - looking for chocolate in all the wrong places

Posted by The Chocolate Tourist on April 2, 2014 at 2:53pm 0 Comments

...and finding it (eventually).

A morning in Georgetown leads us on a wild goose chase! But chocolate always comes through in the end.

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