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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 DENNIS DUFFY on January 23, 2013 at 7:32pm



Anyone in the Denver area, I have a complete commercial setup fro producing candy and chocolates;

Hilliard’s Jumbo coater w 6inch belt, Hilliard’s hand coater w 4 inch belt, Revolation 3210, Savage electric all in one cooker, Savage gas cooker, Groen steam jacketed cooker with mixer for fudge, 3 x 6 marble slab table, Oliver lid sealers, heat shrinkable packing, molds, trays, etc . etc.

I am going to switch to importing and selling cacao (chocolate) beans, nibs and processed cocoa mass. Rather than sell this stuff as it will probably come in handy would like to meet someone interested in production chocolates or similar project or experienced chocolatier in Denver area who could utilize it, maybe I would sell it as I will need capital

Comment by Diane A Holland on January 23, 2013 at 3:21pm

Hi Everyone,

I am in the process of looking for a space for my chocolate business. I am busily drafting business plans and crunching numbers to see if I can actually do this!

I am a professional pastry chef and chocolatier that desperately wants to get out on my own. To everyone before me, thanks for inspiration!

I have a question. How do you find a wholesale food distributor?


Comment by Patty Pieper on January 18, 2013 at 7:32pm

Hi Everybody,

I live in Tennessee, and am on the first legs of my Chocolate Adventure.  I spent 20 years in Chemistry/Electronics/Software, and although Chocolate (and small business) is a little scary to me at present - this site is bringing the anxiety down (or up?) for me.  My love of beautiful, fresh, and tasty bites will make it all worthwhile.  I currently have a Rev Delta that I have been practicing with at home, and am lining up a kitchen to work out of full time.  I look forward to chatting with the group in the future.

Comment by Dale Anderson on January 3, 2013 at 2:44pm

Ben, I'm using 3 REV Deltas (basically the same as the x3210, but with an "extended temper mode") and have been very happy with them. They have been running daily for two years, and have been mechanically reliable and keep the chocolate in good temper. Chocovision has been responsive and helpful when things have come up (a loose drive chain for instance--which they talked me through tightening up). Good luck with your business expansion!

Comment by Ben Rasmussen on January 3, 2013 at 2:11pm

Steven: Nope, I've been very happy with it. I use it with the holey baffle to be able to temper larger batches. Of course, I'd love something with a metered pump, but they're a lot more expensive.

Comment by Steven J on January 3, 2013 at 1:19pm

Ben, I was thinking of getting that same machine. Any regrets??? Thoughts? Suggestions................

Comment by Ben Rasmussen on January 3, 2013 at 12:47pm

Esther: I have a Rev x3210 and haven't had any problems getting chocolate tempered.

Comment by Esther L. Greenberger on December 31, 2012 at 11:31pm

I appreciate your letting me join this site. I have been making chocolates at home for many years with the Sinsation. I love creating beautiful chocolates and selling them to friends. I am ready to expand my small business and I am considering purchasing the Revalation x3210. I have heard that there is a problem getting a perfect temper. Does anyone have a comment about that?

Comment by Olivier L on December 18, 2012 at 8:16am

Hi everyone,

My name is Olivier, I am Swiss and I am starting my own "chocolateria" in Santiago (Chile) early next year. My background is a mix of chemistry, IT and business consulting. I decided to realize a dream by becoming a chocolatier a few months ago. Now I am almost there. I'm hoping to share experiences with other cocoa lovers. Pleasure being here :)

Comment by Serena ML on December 8, 2012 at 10:38am

Hello All! My name is Serena and I live in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. I have been contemplating starting a artisan chocolate company and now am finally truly exploring my options.


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