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Cacao Pods

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sebastian Oct 13, 2013. 15 Replies


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Sebastian replied to Donald Tyler's discussion Cacao Pods
"Your friend told you wrong.  You happened to get through, is all.  If customs catches you, you're going to be in for a very, very bad day. The ONLY legal way to bring viable foreign plant material in is via the USDA permitting system…"
Oct 13, 2013
Jeff Stern replied to Donald Tyler's discussion Cacao Pods
"If you are looking for dried pods, I have them in the US available on Right now we are out of stock, back in early November."
Oct 12, 2013
Thomas Forbes replied to Donald Tyler's discussion Cacao Pods
"I recently returned from the Dominican Republic with 7 or so pods in my check-in luggage.  You can bring avocados with no problem.  I usually declare chocolate, honey and avocados.  I have been told  by a friend in the chocolate…"
Oct 12, 2013
Sebastian replied to Donald Tyler's discussion Cacao Pods
"It's illegal to bring any foreign, live plant material into the US.  Unless you have an APHIS permit (permission from the USDA).  No tickee, no washee.  No permit, it's illegal.  With permit, it's completely legal."
Oct 9, 2013
Rebecca Flynn replied to Donald Tyler's discussion Cacao Pods
"I just contacted Caribbean Cuts and the gentleman on the phone told me that the USDA has prohibited the Cocao Pod being brought into the country. I realize the post is old, but I thought I'd mention it. Also, I have contacted the Montoso…"
Oct 9, 2013
Donald Tyler replied to MelodyB's discussion White chocolate recipe needed- Dairy free in the group Startup Central
"Try a mixture of water, guar gum and xanthan gum (the gums will act as an emulsifier). heat to about 200 deg. add sugar and vanilla to this mixture. Bring back up to about 200 degrees then add the cocoa butter. You'll have to figure out the…"
Nov 10, 2010
Brad Churchill replied to Donald Tyler's discussion Cacao Pods
"Hey everybody. I'm glad I was able to help. Just make sure there's some left for me! ;-) Brad."
Jan 25, 2010
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Most memorable chocolate experience:
making my first batch of chocolate syrup
My favorite chocolate is:
missionary chocolates, great cinnimon chipolte!
Things have been rock'in here in Portland Oregon for Holy Kakow. We were just picked up by a very large and well respected local retailer, New Seasons Market, and are going into a couple of Whole Foods markets here as well. In addition we've gotten into bed with two distributors who are taking our product state wide. Wyatt and I are totally psyched at the speed our products are being adopted and see the trend continuing.

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At 3:40am on December 17, 2008, Langdon Stevenson said…
Thanks Donald, that is just the kind of thing that I was hoping to hear. Accounting software seems to be everyones least favorite program, so I think that it is time something was done about it. Looking forward to hearing more.
At 3:03am on December 17, 2008, Langdon Stevenson said…
Hi Donald, I noted your comment in your Startup group introduction that you hate Quickbooks. I am interested to hear why (if you don't mind the question). One of the things that I am doing (wearing my other hat as a software developer) is building a bookkeeping system for my business to let me dump MYOB (equivalent to Quickbooks). I am contemplating making it available to other businesses as well, so am interested to hear what you really want from an accounting system. Feel free to email me directly if you would like discuss this a bit further:
At 9:35am on December 16, 2008, Clay Gordon said…

Welcome to TheChocolateLife. I know the Portland chocolate scene is pretty active. I've visited Alma (the salted caramel nutty bar is awesome) and Sahgaun (love the chile lemonade). Want to visit more places but time did not allow. I worked for KBOO back in the '70s and I am looking forward to another trip there soon.

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