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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 PHLChocolate on March 7, 2013 at 7:58pm

Hi all,

Because of my Kosher certification, my shop will be closed for Passover the week of March 25th(not the best timing as it is the week before Easter.) I decided to work out a little road trip and I am going to try visiting different chocolate shops within a 2 hour distance of Philadelphia(basically CT to DC.) I am planning on spending 2 days in NY/CT and 1-2 days in De-MD-DC.  If you would be interested, I'd love to stop in to your shop, maybe get a tour and swap stories.  I would absolutely be willing to return the favor if you are ever in Philadelphia. I am trying to expand my horizons and see what others are doing out there. Let me know if you are interested...I'd love to meet some of you in person.



Comment by Mark J Stone on February 18, 2013 at 7:21pm

Hi - I make gourmet popcorn.  I want to come out with a Dark chocolate drizzle on popcorn but I am not that good with chocolate ideas.  Do you have any - Looking for a WOW combination of Chocolate, Popcorn and ? If you have ideas and would like to submit them - I will provide a cash reward of $200.00 to the best recipe.  Email me at

Comment by Ryan Lawrence on February 12, 2013 at 5:41pm

Hello! I'm here because the economy has left me strapped and I'm looking for a new source on income. I'm certainly a novice when it comes to chocolate so I have plenty of questions. I've started a business plan and will need more information in order to see if the logistics of my planned operation will work and be profitable. Thanks for having me here!

Comment by Duncan Ellinwood on February 3, 2013 at 12:29pm

Hi Julie,

Here is a link to a previous discussion from the forum about shipping. Its full of all sorts of useful information


Comment by Julie Ehrentraut on January 25, 2013 at 8:30am

Can anyone give me some recommendations on how to ship chocolate?  Are there specifics months you ship and not ship?  Is there specific packaging that must be used or shipping turnaround time?  I am in NY and would like to start an on-line business but am not sure about shipping.  I do not want the chocolates to melt.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Comment by Brian Begun on January 25, 2013 at 1:59am

Hi All, 

       I'm in the early stages of starting a chocolate business.  Our emphasis will be on chocolate design.  We will have some exciting original designs and classic favorites all created by us.  :-)  We will start out primarily online, and I'll be working out of my house.  Eventually we hope to open a facility, increase our volume, and offer a premium brand of our own Bean to Bar chocolate.  We have a long way to go, but are really excited by our progress, and what lies ahead.  I'm looking forward to learning from others here, and sharing what I've learned along the way.

Comment by Lisa N on January 24, 2013 at 3:00pm

I'm interested in finding an "envelope" in which to package chocolate bars. Not interested in the pour-n-pack variety. Any ideas out there?

Comment by Steven J on January 24, 2013 at 11:45am

Mod Pack isn't bad either.

Comment by Marc Laucks on January 24, 2013 at 11:12am

Hi Ann,

I've found Nashville Wraps to be very helpful and nice to deal with. If you're thinking about more of a custom box, I might be able to make some recommendations depending upon the size you need. We can "gang run" boxes for multiple buyers on the same press sheet saving everyone a lot of money over "going it alone". Minimums in this case usually start at 1000 press sheets.

Comment by Diane A Holland on January 24, 2013 at 7:39am

HI Ann,

Nashville Wraps has a great selection. The minimums aren't too bad on some of the styles. Box & Wrap has huge minimums and are not always a better price.

Sales and discontinued items are usually a good bet.


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