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Karen Neugebauer
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  • Stanwood, WA
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Opening a retail chocolate shop

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mim May 14, 2013. 22 Replies

 

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Karen Neugebauer replied to Rachel Embleton's discussion Sculpting chocolate, Mermaids, HELP! in the group Sculpting with Chocolate
"I often start by making a solid block of tempered chocolate that is a little bigger than the finished shape. Cardboard boxes or cheap tupperware usually work for me. After the chocolate has fully set (24 hours is best), I carve the shape I want with…"
Nov 28, 2013
Karen Neugebauer replied to Jennifer's discussion Business plans in the group Startup Central
"Also add... Don't outsmart your common sense; do everything you can do well and get help/hire for the things you can't do well; build relationships first, do business second; and my favorite… accept that mistakes will happen, just…"
Oct 16, 2013
Karen Neugebauer replied to Jennifer's discussion Business plans in the group Startup Central
"Jennifer, The business plan is a formal exercise that makes you address all areas of business. It is true that a lot of folks use this just to get financing, but it is much more useful than that, even if funding is why they did the plan. If done…"
Oct 15, 2013
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The purpose of this group is to provide a place for ChocolateLife members to share their efforts in creating machines and gadgets - from winnowers to melters and more.See More
Oct 12, 2013
Karen Neugebauer replied to Jennifer's discussion Can an Artisan Chocolate Shop survive in today's economy? in the group Startup Central
"Jennifer, It is a hard fact that most companies fail, in every industry, not just chocolate. The reason is not that they did not try hard enough or have enough skill/passion. They fail because of lack of business savvy. The general economy has very…"
Oct 8, 2013
Karen Neugebauer replied to Clay Gordon's discussion 2013 Americas Semi-Final Round Semi-Official Results in the group International Chocolate Awards
"Thanks for posting the results Clay! We heard through the grapevine that we won something, but we had no idea what. Now we can go celebrate :-D   Congrats to EVERYONE who won!!! It looks like USA made a strong showing and are sure to give an…"
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Sculpting with Chocolate

This group is for ChocolateLife members interested in sculpting with chocolate - whether for fun or for competition showpieces.
Aug 30, 2013
Karen Neugebauer replied to Brian Begun's discussion Another Newbie Question: Infusions = Help in the group Startup Central
"Stay away from "chocolate oils". You can add a small amount of oil (like natural orange oil) to the chocolate to add flavor, but too much will cause your chocolate to thicken, so measure by the drop. I use the highest quality and purest…"
Aug 30, 2013
Karen Neugebauer replied to Brian Begun's discussion BUBBLES! Need some help dealing with bubbles in the group Startup Central
"There are many, many reasons why you will get bubbles. The key is really looking at EVERY step in your process and analyzing what chocolate you are using.  You can get bubbles by: * using the wrong type of chocolate for the application. Try…"
Aug 30, 2013
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Dark, Milk, White?
Dark
Most memorable chocolate experience:
Having the ACF head judge scrape off some of the bark on the tree to verify that it was in fact chocolate. He said that it was the best bark he had ever seen. I guess that is how I walked away with a medal on my first ACF competition.
My favorite chocolate is:
Dark and smooth, but not too bitter, usually from madagascar

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At 11:59am on October 7, 2009, leo lee said…
sorry long time back u ...thanks ...showpeice about H75cm*40cm*40cm.it's Semi-finished products....only chocolate.. all... it was at taipei baking show in taiwan2009/03
At 2:51pm on September 1, 2009, John M Rossini said…
Hi Karen,

Thanks for the comment. Yes, I think we have a future Chocolate life member!

I hope you are a great summer.

John.Rossini@travelchocolate.com
At 7:52pm on July 20, 2009, Kevin Buck said…
Hi, I just ran across your intriguing site and would love to meet you. Can you pick a time this week and I'll pop down or your more than welcome here also. Kevin.
 
 
 

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