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Startup Central

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 Drew Pierson on February 25, 2014 at 1:17pm

I just joined and wanted to say hello everyone.  I recently became obsessed with the whole cacao thing and wanted to get into making some cacao bars of my own or finding a place to produce a line of my own until I can get a production site up and going!

Comment by Becky Alchemy on February 14, 2014 at 4:44pm

I'm researching the how to's on starting a Raw Chocolate Elixir lounge, very small, connected to/with a Yoga Studio. Very relaxed setting. Serving a few truffles and desserts, possibly. Focus on the Alchemy and sacred ceremonial aspects of the Cacao and that market niche. Getting the Chocolate Yoga going in that arena. Focus area is in Southwest US where Raw Cacao is very popular as is Yoga.

Comment by Karma Decker on January 29, 2014 at 1:26pm

I'm trying to learn all I can about living La Vida Cocoa before I take the leap into owning a shop.

Comment by Lindsay Clark on January 27, 2014 at 6:46pm

I've been perusing this site for years while working as a chocolatier for someone else.  I'm finally starting my own micro-trufflery at the local winter farmers market.  So far so good!  This group has thus far contained many great insights - I'm happy to swim with such experienced and/or experimental people!

Comment by Guilt Chocolate on January 16, 2014 at 12:01pm

Hi there… I can't believe it took me so long to become a member on here! Ive been seeing various posts come up from chocolate life in answer to a million things chocolate i google. Finally hopped on and here i am!

We are Guilt Chocolate. A newly registered company in Toronto, Canada. The journey looms ahead! And I'm excited.

Comment by Anelisa Lauri on December 15, 2013 at 4:22pm
Hello fellow chocolate lovers! I am also new to the chocolate industry but interested in meeting those starting chocolate businesses. I have a background in retail (former buyer at Fortune 500 company) now have an MBA in entrepreneurship and teach. Look forward to hearing about your experiences as I continue on my chocolate journey.
Comment by Harriet Esi Browne on December 9, 2013 at 1:37pm

Do you all have an suggestions on books to purchase regarding the chocolate business?



Comment by Harriet Esi Browne on December 9, 2013 at 12:10pm

Hello all,

I think this site is so amazing. I am about the beginning stages of learning the art of chocolate. I am thinking about asking my local chocolatier if I could serve as an apprentice in exchange of learning I could assist my chocolatier for free, cleaning, doing book keep whatever needed?


Comment by PHLChocolate on December 4, 2013 at 11:40pm


Just saw your post...dont know how to reply directly....JKV has a north american contact and he will email you the guide. Dont have info with me right now but you can find his email on the jkv website. good luck!

Comment by Dario M. Agesilao on November 25, 2013 at 3:12am

well, I still could not find wilton oil based coloring here, so I´m using an oil based dust coloring made here in Argentina.. but it´s supposed to be fine since it´s oil based.. 
and when tempering of the cocoa butter doesn´t fail, it shines very nice.. 

I even tried it with an airbrush, with not so good results.. and painting transfer sheets, with some mixed results.. 
but for painting transfers, I can´t get the colored cocoa butter to be color saturated enough.. 

any ideas? recomendations?
thanks :D


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