"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…"
"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…"
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…"
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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
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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