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Kaydee Kreitlow
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  • Salem, OR
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Holding working temperature; tips? Difference between tempering machine and a melter

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kaydee Kreitlow Apr 6, 2013. 3 Replies

I am teaching myself to temper chocolate right now and I'm wondering the best way to hold the temperature of the chocolate. I'm using a double boiler and using both milk and dark chocolate. I…Continue

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Colin Green replied to Kaydee Kreitlow's discussion Farmer's Market customer interaction question in the group Startup Central
"I do farmers markets and I really feel for you. The woman was rude - don't waste your time or mental energy on her. It is a sad attitude that some have. You HAVE to move on. I sample too. I feel it is vital. There are downsides and if you want…"
Sunday
Deborah replied to Kaydee Kreitlow's discussion Farmer's Market customer interaction question in the group Startup Central
"I have been selling my chocolates at the farmers markets for the last year now. I never give samples, don't need to. If they want to buy they will anyway.  I always go with the attitude that people have their own crap going on that has…"
Sunday
Kaydee Kreitlow replied to Kaydee Kreitlow's discussion Farmer's Market customer interaction question in the group Startup Central
"Thank you! I could tell that woman in particular was kind of a B**** anyway just from her attitude. I have also had many people who seem like unlikely customers buy stuff so I try not to judge. It's nice to get some feedback that I did the…"
Sunday
Kaydee Kreitlow replied to Kaydee Kreitlow's discussion Farmer's Market customer interaction question in the group Startup Central
"Thank you! It was a successful day and samples did help the weather was also better and I made about twice as much in sales yesterday as compared to last Saturday. It was mostly the people with kids who treated it like Costco, running up for their…"
Sunday
Anjali Gupta replied to Kaydee Kreitlow's discussion Farmer's Market customer interaction question in the group Startup Central
"Hi Kaydee, The problem with chocolate is that there are too many people who just want to sample your goods. The conversion, in my opinion, does not justify the cost of giving away. I think you did the right thing by not cutting up your bar. You have…"
Sunday
Kathryn James replied to Kaydee Kreitlow's discussion Farmer's Market customer interaction question in the group Startup Central
"I would say don't get sucked into being put on the defensive.  Like you said, you had plenty of samples of everything else out.  Redirect attention to what you DO have and don't even get into your reasons for not cutting up a…"
Sunday
Kaydee Kreitlow added a discussion to the group Startup Central
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Farmer's Market customer interaction question

Hi everybody! Today was my second farmer's market. Last weekend was my first and I did not have samples. Today I had samples of the bars that I make and I have my standard bars that are $4, and then I have a fancy bar which I had cut up some and made samples but ran out. Then this woman came up and mind you, I had samples of everything else out on the table, and she told me "you should have more samples". I told her I only had 3 bars left and didn't want to cut one up for samples. Meanwhile I'm…See More
Sunday
Kaydee Kreitlow replied to ALEX's discussion New working place plan in the group Startup Central
"Doesn't this all depend on the existing layout and what you are making and how much you are making? "
Mar 30
Kaydee Kreitlow liked Jonathan Edelson's discussion Low end enrobing options
Mar 17
Deborah replied to Kaydee Kreitlow's discussion Will be signing up for my local farmer's market - any advice? in the group Startup Central
"Hi Kaydee I've been doing my local farmer's markets here in northern NSW Australia for a year now and love it (mostly). I had 6 weeks off over summer as my chocolates were sliding off my display (and it was on ice!). I used to give out…"
Mar 17
Kaydee Kreitlow replied to Liz Woods's discussion Introduction in the group Startup Central
"I kind of love the running around doing everything at once feeling, it's invigorating! "
Mar 12
Kaydee Kreitlow commented on Clay Gordon's group Startup Central
"Dario, I suggest you start a discussion for feedback and comments on your logo, I think discussions get more feedback than comment wall posts :)"
Mar 12
Kaydee Kreitlow replied to Liz Woods's discussion Introduction in the group Startup Central
"Can you elaborate on your mistakes? I'm just starting out, and will be at my first farmer's market in April. My goal is to get to my local Chocolatefest in January!"
Mar 12
Lisa N replied to Kaydee Kreitlow's discussion Will be signing up for my local farmer's market - any advice? in the group Startup Central
"Answers to your questions Kaydee: Do you have a limited number of samples every day? - Yes, because I use little (mini) spoons, there is only a very small taste. The samples I bring tend to last through the market. Customers do not need allot to…"
Mar 5
Kaydee Kreitlow replied to John Duxbury's discussion Chocolate and Plumbing in the group Startup Central
"That's good to know as my kitchen doesn't have a grease trap... I will be more careful in the future with how much chocolate I wash down the drain!"
Mar 4
Kaydee Kreitlow replied to Kaydee Kreitlow's discussion Will be signing up for my local farmer's market - any advice? in the group Startup Central
"Excellent points! I'm also a fan of the SquareUp for taking credit card payments, I think it will help greatly bring in more money. Have you noticed any trends as far as weekends you make more or months you make more? I'm planning to do…"
Mar 4

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Dark, Milk, White?
Dark, Milk
Most memorable chocolate experience:
Holiday truffle making days with my best friend.
My favorite chocolate is:
Scharffen Berger 72%

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Starting slowly - Picked up a free granite slab this morning!

Posted on March 30, 2013 at 1:30pm 1 Comment

I am interested in starting my own chocolate company. While I am getting the finances together and researching business requirements etc. I am teaching myself how to make chocolates more precisely (and more important, to get excellent results every time!)

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