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Is opening a chocolate business in a hot climate doable?

Started this discussion. Last reply by MelodyB Oct 2, 2010. 4 Replies

Hi,I am in the beginning stages of getting my chocolate business together and have TONS of questions so bare with me.We live in hot humid S. Texas. I want to start an online chocolate business and am…Continue

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What is the best way to learn to make chocolate

Started this discussion. Last reply by MelodyB Feb 11, 2010. 2 Replies

Hi All,Thanks for the info on the vegan chocolate. Now my question is in your professional opinion, what is the best way to learn how to make chocolate? I am exploring the Ecolate online school (…Continue

 

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Brad Reardon and MelodyB are now friends
Mar 16, 2011
MelodyB replied to Bud Stockwell's discussion Bacon in chocolate
"HI, I have been experimenting with this as well. First, I tried baking the bacon and then dipping it chocolate...so good. Then I tried putting inside a mold with a ganache type filling, again decadence. Since I make on demand there really…"
Dec 1, 2010
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
MelodyB added a discussion to the group Startup Central
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White chocolate recipe needed- Dairy free

Hi,I am looking for an easy white chocolate recipe.  I have dairy allergies and really miss the taste of white chocolate. I know it's possible, just sugar and cocoa butter but can't seem to get it right.  Any tips or recipes that would be great!Thanks,MelodySee More
Nov 10, 2010
MelodyB and Catherine Failor are now friends
Oct 5, 2010
MelodyB replied to MelodyB's discussion Is opening a chocolate business in a hot climate doable?
"Thank you for the great replies and encouragement. I was seriously considering moving so that I could open a chocolate business. You all have given me hope! To your delicious success! ~ Melody"
Oct 2, 2010
Ilana replied to MelodyB's discussion Is opening a chocolate business in a hot climate doable?
"I also live in a hot and humid climate-half a year of it. I am a very small business so I have my own ways of dealing with the issues. I have a stronger than needed air cond as the tempering machines,fridge etc add extra heat. I have a dehumidifier…"
Oct 2, 2010
Nat replied to MelodyB's discussion Is opening a chocolate business in a hot climate doable?
"Hi Melody, We're facing some of the same issues making chocolate here in Hawaii, but we also have the added problem of high humidity (60%+) year round that I'd think you don't have to deal with in Texas. Regardless, you'll have…"
Sep 29, 2010
Pierre (Pete) Trinque replied to MelodyB's discussion Is opening a chocolate business in a hot climate doable?
"Melody, YES, it is doable. We are currently working to open a shop in Tucson, AZ. We have different issues than others, but, these issues are workable. We also have to deal with high heat, but lower humidity for most of the year. As we were looking…"
Sep 29, 2010
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Is opening a chocolate business in a hot climate doable?

Hi,I am in the beginning stages of getting my chocolate business together and have TONS of questions so bare with me.We live in hot humid S. Texas. I want to start an online chocolate business and am wondering if I am shooting myself in the foot from the beginning.These are some issues that I see but would love to HEAR from all of you successful chocolatiers your thoughts and tips. Any advise to save me some heartaches would be lovely. The average temp is 80 Oct- March but come April-Sept its…See More
Sep 29, 2010
MelodyB replied to Catherine Failor's discussion I ‘d love your comments and feedback on Chocolate Mold designs
"Oh Gosh..these are super cute! We like B,D, and G as we make a lot of chocolate for kids. I'd buy them."
Sep 24, 2010
Susan Van Horn left a comment for MelodyB
"Hey, Melody! Your question answered one I had, too! Thanks!"
Jul 29, 2010
MelodyB might attend Dallas Chocolate / Sander Wolf's event
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DallasChocolate.org Chocolate Conference 2010 at Addison Conference Centre - Addison, TX

August 14, 2010 from 10am to 5pm
Combining a chocolate festival with a day of fascinating classes taught by chocolate experts, the DallasChocolate.org Chocolate Conference 2010 promises to be a unique and tasty event. On August 14, 2010, the main hall of the Addison Conference Centre in Addison, TX, will feature tables representing some of Dallas' finest chocolatiers. Each chocolatier will be sampling a range of their creations in exchange for tickets purchased by attendees. Attendance will be capped and spread throughout the…See More
Jul 10, 2010
MelodyB replied to Lisa - Girasole Chocolate's discussion Why is my chocolate so shiny but soft and pliable?
"I just had the same darn problem. i temper by hand. The only two things that were different for me was the heat to 120 degrees( too high) and then it was super hot in our kitchen, almost 78 degrees. But some of my molds were beautiful and the…"
May 17, 2010
MelodyB replied to Clay Gordon's discussion Setting up Shop Online: The Good the Bad and the Ugly in the group Startup Central
"I have to say that I LOVE volusion. I"ve been selling water bottles on line for about 8 years on my website www.sunrisewd.com Then I switched to volusion, and although I've done basic SEO ( am certified SEO consultant) I've already…"
May 17, 2010
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Are you interested in all the nitty gritty details of cacao and chocolate - genetics, geopolitics, agronomy, taxonomy, and the like? Then this is the group to join to take a deep dive into chocolate.
May 6, 2010

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At 5:05pm on July 29, 2010, Susan Van Horn said…
Hey, Melody! Your question answered one I had, too! Thanks!
 
 
 

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