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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 Dario M. Agesilao on June 1, 2014 at 1:28pm

Comment by Sue Siegal on May 12, 2014 at 3:18pm

Thank you for sharing  the info on the Savage table - most informative - 


Comment by Brittany on April 14, 2014 at 4:51pm

Hi! I've been obsessed with finding the nutrition in chocolate and that has led me into the whole world of cacao. It began as a hobby and now I'd like to turn chocolate into my career. I'm experimenting with bean-to-bar methods and plan to visit some cacao farms soon. Excited to connect with all the experts in this group! 

Comment by David Menkes on April 10, 2014 at 1:13pm

Hello, I started a chocolate blog a while back called Little Brown Squares and recently attended Madre's Cacao Bootcamp and am taking the plunge into making my own bean to bar chocolate! I'm starting very, very small and still experimenting a lot, and am very focused on growing and fermentation techniques in addition to the myriad of issues turning raw cacao into bars. I'm going to be traveling to Guatemala next week to check out several farms, including one an old friend took over called Izabal Agroforest, and will be traveling to the Dominican Republic after that to meet with CONACADO and other co-ops there. I'm really looking forward to getting things off the ground in a small yet meaningful way.

Comment by Annuschka on March 20, 2014 at 5:00pm

So my day has come :) I thought after months of lurking I'm going to say 'hi'. So... Hi! I am based in Poland and been making chocolates for fun or as gifts to friends for 4 yrs now.  I thought of taking it to the next level and open my own thing. Finally after almost 2 yrs of preparations I am ready to take off and as the big day will be becoming sooner and sooner I am hoping to be seeing you here more and more often.

Comment by Jonathan Edelson on March 17, 2014 at 5:57pm

Just a quick introduction.

I am located in Portland, Oregon, and have a chemistry and engineering background.  I have been making truffles at the hobby level for about 20years.  About 3 years ago I went down the route of getting a food processor licence and starting to sell chocolate.  I have made a number of my own chocolate tools, and might go down that route as I expand...but perhaps DIY doesn't really make sense.

I am trying to maintain a 'hobby that pays for itself' chocolate business, making various chocolate candies as a 're-melter'.  My goal is work on a large enough scale to be able to do serious experimentation with recipes, and also to maintain enough infrastructure to support kosher supervision and state licensing so that I can actually sell product.  The 'hobby that pays for itself' part of things is what makes the thought of DIY chocolate tools pretty reasonable.

Up to now I have been renting kitchen space 2x per month, but the kitchen that I am using is going away, so I am facing the need to expand a bit in order to maintain a viable operation.  So I guess I am back in a startup headspace.

I currently make chocolate 'bark', but want to get back into making truffles and enrobed pieces.  The 'bark' is not particularly interesting to me, and takes lots of work...but people like it.  For now I will only be making 'parve' products, which means no dairy involved.  That lets me hit both the kosher and vegan market.

My big question will be on options for enrobing, which will be in a separate discussion


Comment by Kaydee Kreitlow on March 12, 2014 at 4:05pm

Dario, I suggest you start a discussion for feedback and comments on your logo, I think discussions get more feedback than comment wall posts :)

Comment by Dario M. Agesilao on March 12, 2014 at 3:35pm

well, I´m working on my brand.. it used to be Xoco when I only did it for fun.. but it´s not legally available here.. so now I´m testing names and logos.. can I get some feedback from you guys?? 


Comment by Sue Siegal on March 9, 2014 at 12:04am

Hello to you all  

I am new to Chocolate Life, but have been making truffles since 2001 - to family and friends and later to clients and now I have taken steps to open my own business but at this time, have no storefront. I use certified kitchen (wish'd I had my own) and still working on website - professional pics being taken for website. So advice, comments are welcomed.  Thank you for listening. - Sue Siegal

Comment by Harald on February 25, 2014 at 7:46pm

I started making chocolates about a year ago and i am now in San Marcos, Guatemala and managed to import a small melanger here to experiment with the local criollo and ceremonial varieties.


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