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Cocoa Butter

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark J Sciscenti Mar 22, 2013. 4 Replies

Hello Everyone, allow me to introduce myself

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Mark J Sciscenti replied to Katie Partington's discussion Cleaning Crankenstein Mill
"Try asking the owner of as he both uses and sells these mills. You might also check the data sheet or ask the manufacturer. As to your health inspector - he most likely does not have a clue about small scale…"
Mar 22
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Becky Alchemy replied to Mark J Sciscenti's discussion Hello Everyone, allow me to introduce myself
"Thank you so much for your response, Mark. I will email you today! I look forward to learning more from you! Becky"
Feb 16
Mark J Sciscenti replied to him's discussion Why my ganache was fail ???
"Hi. Try melting all the chocolate in a double boiler (bain-marie) on low, then take off the heat, let cool for a few minutes. Warm the cream up to just lukewarm, about 98f then add it all at once to the melted chocolate and stir in until uniform and…"
Feb 16
Mark J Sciscenti replied to Mark J Sciscenti's discussion Hello Everyone, allow me to introduce myself
"Hello Adrienne, Thanks for contacting me. I need to update my bio page here as I have not been on this site in a while. I would like to make my drinking chocolates into bar form, including one that is plain 85% dark. Most of my drinking chocolates…"
Feb 16
Mark J Sciscenti replied to Mark J Sciscenti's discussion Hello Everyone, allow me to introduce myself
"Hello Becky, your vision sound great. If I understand you correctly, you will be in the Southwest with the yoga/chocolate lounge/studio? I see that you are based in WI. As to Kakawa, I left in June 2009, and I know that my elixirs recipes have been…"
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Adriennne Henson replied to Mark J Sciscenti's discussion Hello Everyone, allow me to introduce myself
"Hi Mark, I would like to know more about the chocolate you will make Do you make plain dark bars "
Feb 16
Becky Alchemy replied to Mark J Sciscenti's discussion Hello Everyone, allow me to introduce myself
"Hi Mark, I would love to talk to you in more detail about what you are doing. I so admire it and have been called to do exactly the same and in the Southwest. The historical details I have a personal interest in but don't feel called to give…"
Feb 16
Mark J Sciscenti replied to Clay Gordon's discussion Marking the Passing of an Inspiration: Mott Green
"I just found out about Mott's passing tonight and am very very saddened by this news. Mott is a very dear man doing the Great Work, making astounding chocolate and truly supporting real sustainability. I only me Mott the one time at the NW…"
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Mark J Sciscenti replied to Mark J Sciscenti's discussion Cocoa Butter
"Hi everyone, Thanks for this pointers. I had not thought of Jerry over at Chocosphere (duh, I've got an account with him). Clay, Thanks, I will look into that - I will try my local bakery supply house to see if they can get it. 35Lb isn't…"
Mar 22, 2013
cheebs replied to Mark J Sciscenti's discussion Cocoa Butter
"Have you tried cocoasupply? (.com) I buy both deodorized and undeodorized from them.  They do sell amounts as small as 5-lb bags for pretty decent prices. "
Mar 22, 2013
Clay Gordon replied to Mark J Sciscenti's discussion Cocoa Butter
"Mark - Having used it, I can say that Blommer's undeodorized cocoa butter is quite good. You have to order 1 tonne if you go through them, but if you call them you can find out the name of your local distributor. That's what I did when I…"
Mar 22, 2013
Andrea Bauer replied to Mark J Sciscenti's discussion Cocoa Butter
"Try .  They carry Callebaut & Pacari cocoa butters.  Just do a search and scroll down to the bottom of each page.  I can't speak to your other requirements but they have smaller sizes.  Andrea"
Mar 21, 2013
Mark J Sciscenti posted a discussion

Cocoa Butter

Hi All, I am looking for a good source of Cocoa Butter, small amounts <5kg, to start. Using it for my r&d for making my own bars.I would prefer organic (whether certified or not). Single origin or blend, and not chemically deodorized.I know this stuff is expensive, but I don't want to lose my shirt on buying cocoa butter...Thanks, - Mark See More
Mar 20, 2013

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Most memorable chocolate experience:
The epiphany of when I had my first true dark chocolate made from the finest cacao beans, and the epiphany of when I made and tasted the first Mesoamerican drinking chocolates...
My favorite chocolate is:
drinking chocolates

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Looking for chocolate manufacturer for private label...

Posted on August 3, 2009 at 3:21pm 4 Comments

I am looking for a chocolate manufacturer who can make my specialty line of drinking chocolates for private label. I am having no luck searching on the nets... Anyone out there with ideas? Thanks, Mark Sciscenti, Chocolate Historian.

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At 5:58am on January 29, 2010, Kristina said…
Hi Mark, I was so happy to find an (interview?) podcast at Santa Fe Arts and Culture... unfortunatelly it tuned out as "not found".
At 4:17pm on January 22, 2010, Juli Somers said…
Hi Mark - This is Juli Somers. I am trying to reach you to see if you would like to do a presentation at a place called Oasis in Albuquerque for their summer term. Please call me at 920-4418 or email Thanks!!
At 4:23pm on October 6, 2009, Elaine Gonzalez said…
Hi Mark,
Glad to welcome you as a new friend. I regret to tell you that my final chocolate tour to Mexico was in May 2009. Right now I don't have any plans to go again. So sorry.
At 7:09pm on September 20, 2009, Melanie Boudar said…
Hi Mark,
I've met Nat at a few Cacao group functions when I've been on Oahu.I am friends with Derek from Dole.I don't have an opening for a pastry chef at this time( the resorts have laid off a lot of pastry chefs) but you never know...I'm organizing a wine and chocolate and green tea and chocolate sunset sail with an Ocean adventure co so if if its a success for all of us someone will need to lecture on the boats! My friends have a green tea farm which is pretty cool.
At 2:21pm on September 19, 2009, Melanie Boudar said…
Hi Mark,
I am a former New Mexican of 30 years living in Hawaii now. We grow and process lots of chocolate here. Come visit and I'll show you around.
(you'd have to bring green chili though)
At 12:06am on August 31, 2009, Sarah Hart said…
Hey there! I just got your message. I am so glad things are looking up and I hope by now they are even better. Come make your chocolates here! (I guess that is a long commute).
At 11:56am on August 5, 2009, Sarah Hart said…
Hello dear friend! NM was lovely but I am sorry not to have seen you.
I am on vacation for a couple of weeks. WOuld love to chat.


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