Ok... to avoid posting repetitive answers, my suggestion would be to read the many many many contributions on this and Chocolate Alchemy's site. They will answer all of your questions, and eliminate the need for…"
This will probably be the most valuable feedback anyone can provide you, given the nature and context of your questions: "Do a LOT more research before starting your business. You know absolutely nothing about…"
You should put a request in to Clay, the owner of this site, to post a document on tempering chocolate, and make it available right on the home page.
You aren't even close with your temperatures.
That was an AWESOME summary. Thanks for also sharing the pitfalls you've run into. I've had gift basket companies try the same thing with me, but we have a firm policy in place which mandates the invoice be paid…"
"If the bushings are just plastic, it seems to me that making new ones can't be that difficult. I would hazard a guess that the hole in the granite is pretty standard, and there is a hole saw (drill bit attachment) with the same…"
"I have a suggestion for a less expensive and far more flexible alternative:
After dipping the chocolate, set them on shaved chocolate, or crushed Skor bits, or toasted coconut or something like that. It takes no added effort, will add depth of…"
"Given that I've been seriously considering how I am going to continue expanding my business, I've looked into franchising, dealerships, joint ventures, and strict corporately owned stores. As such, I've explored many different…"
"I've struggled for quite some time trying to figure out how to make a cold drink without using cocoa powder. The challenge is regardless of how I do it, the cold cocoa butter from the chocolate always imparts a waxy texture that I…"
"Most larger insurance companies have an in-house commercial broker. Unless you are actually setting up a manufacturing facility with large automated equipment, don't mislead them with the term "manufacturing". If your…"
"If you are going to facilitate transactions between people, rather than stock the product yourself such as what John Nanci does, there should be some type of membership fee charged for this section.
I could easily write the software for this…"
Net numbers / Balance Sheets are arbitrary and are a function of accounting principles and tax mitigation practices. Statements of Cashflow are the best numbers to look at. What goes in and what goes out every month…"
I'm glad I could help. The whole reason I got into this business was to unveil a lot of the secrets you allude to. There is enough room in this business for everybody (as long as you stay out of Calgary! …"
"My refiners are like MacIntyre's - a horizontal drum with blades that rotate and scrape the inside of the drum.
For the most part, all of the nibs are ground, however there is a 4 inch guillotine spout at the bottom where nibs get…"
"Opening a chocolate shop immediately puts a target on your back for every non profit company and worthy cause to approach you with their hands out. It's crazy!!!!! I get an average of 3 per week. Silent auction items, grab…"
Thank you for the invitation. The recipe below is in the site of CEPLAC (government company that researches cocoa plantations in Brazil). Unhappily all of the information are in Portuguese, but they can be translated with an electronic translator. There is, also, recipes for an alcoholic drink and home-made chocolate. See in:
"Filter 2 liters of cocoa nectar (or cocoa honey) in fine cloth and spill in a container of stainless steel or aluminum beating; Increase 1 Kg of refined and light sugar to the high fire, moving with a teflon spoon or of wood, until to boil and to dissolve the sugar completely; Let to boil from 10 to 20 minutes, to depend on the stove type and burners (mouth), until obtaining the point. Point: Dip a skimmer or spoon and soon afterwards, lift a height above the steams liberated by the heating of the mixture. Tilt to pick so that it allows to spill the jelly. In case it forms a fine layer (plate geleificada) in the border of the skimmer, it is in the ideal point. At this time, add to the jelly lemon drops or of citric acid solution. Move the mixture well and turn off the fire With the jelly fortunately hot, put in packing that allows hermetic (without entrance of air) closing and remove the foam with a spoon. Close the pots tightly and leave capsized them from 3 to 5 minutes to guarantee the best conservation of the product. After this period, return the pots to the normal position".
Cocoa gelly taste very good and diferent from all the gelly you have tried in the past...