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Handle the order yourself or find a co packer?

Hey everyone, I apologize in advance if this question has been asked previously. Has anyone on here had experience with a co packer and if…

Started by Jeffray D. Gardner

2 Sep 23, 2013
Reply by Jeffray D. Gardner

spotty/swirly color variegated 'backs'

Newcomer question... Just starting to hand temper chocolate coming out of tabletop Cocoatown wet stone 'Deluxe' grinder. Ran for over 48 ho…

Started by Amaleah Brigitte Black-Smiley

5 Sep 23, 2013
Reply by Amaleah Brigitte Black-Smiley

Another Newbie Question: Infusions = Help

Okay, so from what I understand it's fairly straight forward adding flavor infusions to chocolate if you are doing bean to bar (please corr…

Started by Brian Begun

3 Sep 19, 2013
Reply by Deborah

BUBBLES! Need some help dealing with bubbles

Hi All,         I'm still a newbie at chocolatiering and I need some help, and feedback.  Right now I'm just doing some experimenting.  I h…

Started by Brian Begun

8 Sep 17, 2013
Reply by Ben Rasmussen

Speed Stand Mixer as Substitute for a Melangeur

Has anyone tried to do the Conching and Refining process with a Speed Stand mixer? Sort of like a substitute for good old Melangeurs. Will…

Started by Drobert Eirven

7 Sep 9, 2013
Reply by Ben Rasmussen

My friends and I invented a product that cheaply automates tempering! Feedback needed....

Hey everyone,  A few of my engineer friends and I have developed and repurposed a sous-vide cooking tool that actually works really well t…

Started by Brockton Gates

9 Aug 25, 2013
Reply by Brockton Gates

Chocolate prices

Hi all, Before going into Fall season, I am looking to drop my chocolate costs. Would love to hear what you are paying per pound from who.…

Started by PHLChocolate

3 Aug 23, 2013
Reply by George Trejo

POS Bar Boxes

I saw a chocolatier using what appeared to be stock POS boxes for his bars.  The kind to pack bars in and half rips off diagonally to becom…

Started by George Trejo

0 Aug 23, 2013

JKV 30 Users....

Looking to speak on the phone ASAP with an experienced fellow JKV 30 user. I possibly broke the agitator and need some insight into the mec…

Started by PHLChocolate

0 Aug 21, 2013

Food Distributor or Sales Person?

Hello Fellow Chocolatiers, I started a chocolate company with my mum 2 years ago. We sell handmade, high end ganaches and caramels. We hav…

Started by Amanda Ormerod

1 Aug 6, 2013
Reply by Krista


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