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Started this discussion. Last reply by Ankur Bhargava Aug 6, 2009. 3 Replies


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Diana replied to Mathew P's discussion Software for Chocolate Industry
"I'm happy enough with my current solution...not least as I found it for free, but I was just giving some feedback on what might be useful for your future potential customers! I think it may be worth writing such a piece of software. The small,…"
Sep 23, 2009
Diana and Mathew P are now friends
Sep 23, 2009
Diana replied to Mathew P's discussion Software for Chocolate Industry
"I have recently been searching for some recipe costing software to help with my ongoing business. I have settled on a programme made for the bakery industry which is generally everything I need, but is very much tailored to bakery. I would have…"
Sep 22, 2009
Diana replied to Andre Costa's discussion Chocolate will not release from the mold
"Comprehensive advice only point to add would be that possibly your layer of chocolate was too thin which can sometimes make release difficult."
Sep 22, 2009
Diana and Liz Donner are now friends
Sep 18, 2009
Diana replied to Liz Donner's discussion Is there such a thing as a "true chocolatier"?
"I always find slurs on the competition (however veiled) off-putting and unprofessional. I'm sure I'm not alone, and the public will soon show their thinking."
Sep 17, 2009
Diana replied to Andre Costa's discussion Question regarding the use of a commercial kitchen
"Are you going to be sub-letting a small part of the kitchen as your own, or will you be using areas common to the other producer? Make sure you have a written agreement for who is responsible for maintenance, repairs and even cleaning. Shared space…"
Sep 1, 2009
Diana replied to Clay Gordon's discussion Cool Tool: Chocoflex Spherical Truffle Mold
"Anyone willing to share a caramel recipe that works in these moulds? I currently make a salted butter caramel (divine, but tends to "fudge" after a while even when enrobed). I pour these into a square red silicone mould which is easy as…"
Aug 31, 2009
Diana is now friends with Andre Costa and Justin Schaffer
Aug 28, 2009
Diana replied to Andre Costa's discussion How small can a small shop be?
"It's been a very long haul, but we are now nearing completion on our industrial premises. Check out our progress on facebook... I…"
Aug 28, 2009
Diana and angelina patterson are now friends
Aug 12, 2009
Ankur Bhargava replied to Diana's discussion Newbie
"Hello. We have been dealing with chocolates machines, molds and plenty of other stuff for quite sometime. This started as my farther's hobby some 10 years ago and it has now expanded to rival our main line of business, i.e, plastic…"
Aug 6, 2009
Diana replied to Andre Costa's discussion How small can a small shop be?
"Hi Andre, After 2 years of working from home with the kids around my ankles and a hundred other distractions, I have decided to do just that! We (myself and my husband) have bought a small unit on an industrial estate and will be fitting it out as…"
Jun 17, 2009
Diana replied to Clay Gordon's discussion Calling all Chocolatiers: What are YOU Making Special for Easter This Year?
"We have just surfaced from the rush and waved the white flag yesterday! Nothing else in stock on our site until after Easter. My eggs this year were a mix of funky and traditional, with a nod to the spring fashion colours of vivid orange, green and…"
Apr 8, 2009
Diana replied to Diana's discussion Newbie
"That's what I'm hoping too! I have to say I've been quite successful in negotiating reductions but they are still a way off what I feel comfortable with. The landlords here haven't been reading the news! They are still holding…"
Feb 20, 2009
Debby replied to Diana's discussion Newbie
"Actually, the economic gloom may be to your advantage if you can find someone with a place they want to get rid of or rent out and has been empty for a while. I'm waiting for the price to come down, yet again, on a place near where I live.…"
Feb 20, 2009

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Dark, Milk, White
Most memorable chocolate experience:
First time I stepped into Charbonnel and Walker in London,aged 7 with my Father. The aroma was unlike anything I had ever known.
My favorite chocolate is:
Always changing, but Valrhona Manjari is a perennial.

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