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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.

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Startup Central

Do you make great chocolates? Know everything there is to know about tempering chocolate and cooking the perfect caramel? Able to turn out thousands of finished chocolates without blinking any eye?

Does the thought of using Quickbooks or writing a business plan sends you screaming into the walk-in begging for mercy?

This group is for you. When you join, please introduce yourself to the group in a comment on this page. Yes, I know you have a profile page, but it would be great to have you add a few words about you and your business in the context of this group. If you have a website, feel free to post a link to it. Please don't post a link to your profile page, people can just click on your profile photo to visit that.

PS. Below is the full picture I used for the Group photo. It's a chocolate store/cafe in Mexico. Those are stone mills (the kind Taza uses) to the right of the guy with his back to you in the blue shirt and notice that they are selling beans. The stone mills suggest that this store is located in Oaxaca.

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Comment by Andrea Vajda Nelson on October 28, 2014 at 1:37pm

Hi everyone, I just joined this group and I am very excited to have found this site. I am brand new in chocolate making. (I am a freelance floral designer and artist.) After completing a beginning course, I started to make a chocolate covered farmers cheese product. First I enrobed the small bon bon shaped dairy product but the chocolate was too thick. Then I used the silicon molds and that was better and resulted in nice snappy and thinner chocolate. But still it wasn't satisfactory because quite a few of their top broke when pushed out of the mold. Then I tried with the polycarbonate molds. Now, I can't get them out of the molds for the life of me. the shell part stays in. Can you please give me advice? I don't know what I am doing wrong. When I poured the chocolate, the mold is quite warm, then I put it in the fridge for a while - that's what I read about it. But it doesn't work.

Thank you so much in advance!

Comment by Ray Blakney on October 9, 2014 at 5:04pm

Hello everybody.  I am new to the chocolate business (my background being business and IT/SEO).  I have partnered up with somebody in the Philippines - I am half-Filipino - who studied chocolate making in Ghent University in Belgium (actually first certified Chocolatier in the Philippines) to create the first Filipino Chocolate company making chocolates from local cacaos.  I am very happy to find this forum.  I know a lot about business management and ecommerce, but knew nothing about chocolates a few months ago.  I actually had to look up what a magnetic mold was just last week.

Thanks in advance for any assistance the experts here can give.

Comment by Maroun Milan on October 1, 2014 at 4:44pm
Dear sir im chocolate specialist and machine manufacturer any question you may need don't hesitate to ask
Comment by Eric Conceicao on October 1, 2014 at 2:24pm

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 interested in learning the process of making excellent chocolate from raw cacao beans.

Comment by Rashmi Anand on September 29, 2014 at 7:07pm
Hello freinds. I am new to this group. I am planning to start making chocolates and would be needing guidance from the experts on this group. thank u all...
Comment by jhon on September 22, 2014 at 11:25am

Hello friends, I am new to chocolate. I manage an edible company in Boulder CO. We want to start making chocolate products soon and i know this is the place to be! hope everybody is having a good day.

Comment by Piper Niemann on August 12, 2014 at 10:57am

I source fine organic sustainably grown Matina Cocoa from Costa Rica.  I looking to work with bean-to-bar makers so they can make premium bars with the best beans at the best price. I love hearing about all the ways makers go about setting up their businesses and the brillian marketing.  This will be a vintage year, and I look forward to hearing about the awards that come from this years crop.

Comment by Samson on August 2, 2014 at 4:29am


I'm Samson from Tbilisi/Georgia. I'm new here, need a help of experienced people. :)

Planning to start a small shop selling organic raw cocoa beans, nibs, cocoa powder. But the problem is that Georgia (Republic of) it's a South Caucasus region)) is very far from cocoa origin countries, so we have a problem with source and transportation.

Can anybody recommend who can supply me with cocoa raw organic beans, nibs and cocoa powder in small quantities (100-150 kg. approximately)?  May be  directly from farm, if it is possible?.. But no middlemen, please!

Please advice me if you know where I can start searching or may be you are the person  I'm looking for.

Thanks a lot for help to All!

Comment by Paul Picton on July 22, 2014 at 8:12am

Maverick Chocolate Co. officially opens today.  We are a bean-to-bar craft chocolate maker located in Cincinnati, OH.  The ribbon cutting with the city officials is at 10 am and the Grand Opening Party is at 6 pm.  Thank you to Clay and everyone on Chocolate Life for helping us get started.  Full details are on our Facebook page.

Comment by Linda Johnson on July 21, 2014 at 9:01pm

Thanks for taking your time to share, Milford!   Much appreciated.


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