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partnership in bean to bar/ cocoapaowder production

Hello Friends, am Stephen Sembuya. am from Kampala, Uganda. am looking for a partner in small scale bean to bar cocoa powder processing.  i have 1 square mile cocoa plantation one of the biggest single owned in Africa. my country exports cocoa worth 50 m Usd last year, we have no value additional currently. i will provide my farm , land and factory premises.

you can contact me on: steve@pinkfoodsindustries.com or info@pinkfoodsindustries.com

Added by stephen sembuya on February 25, 2013 at 11:14am — No Comments

Decorating White Chocolate Cakes

Having fun in the kitchen. Getting cakes decorated to meet the courier deadline just before Christmas- not stressful at all!

Chocolate…

Added by Sharon Grimshaw on February 25, 2013 at 3:19am — No Comments

Couverture Chocolate in Turkey

Can anyone suggest the best place that I can source and buy 'Couverture' chocolate in Turkey? I have used Callebaut in the past and would welcome other suggestions subject to availability. Thank you.

Added by Robbie Medford on February 22, 2013 at 10:09am — 1 Comment

chocolate class in Oaxaca Mexico

hello out there, I am going to Oaxaca Mexico in March and want to take a Chocolate making class while there. Any suggestions???

Added by nena creasy on February 21, 2013 at 3:25pm — No Comments

tempering machines in Canada

Has anyone out there had any luck finding a decent sized tempering machine that is CSA approved?

We are currently in the process of having our Selmi inspected and it looks like it may be challenging.

Added by Shelley Bolton on February 6, 2013 at 5:05pm — 3 Comments

Chocolate and Honey

I'm always trying new things. Some "flop" and some are really successful. to date I only pan - an enrober is on my "wish list".

I'd like to experiment to see if I can incorporate honey into chocolate. I mean, actually combine these two really popular natural products.

Of course honey contains water which make chocolate seize. So I have not even tried that. Best I can source at the moment is 15% water content - that might be low enough for me to experiment. Any comments? Am…

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Added by Colin Green on January 24, 2013 at 6:47pm — 34 Comments

My New Chocolate Blog

I recently revamped my website. I turned it into a chocolate blog where I share information about chocolate recipes, reviews, and pretty much anything about chocolate. It is going to be exciting because it gives me an excuse to eat more chocolate and expand my palette as I sample chocolate from all around the world. As of this post, there is not much there because I just started, but there will be more to come.…

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Added by Maria on January 22, 2013 at 11:19pm — No Comments

Cacao Orchard in Keaau, Hawaii mentioned in Radio show

In this show "Straight From the Source - Episode 17 - Cacao in Hawaii with Madre Chocolate" this cacao orchard was mentioned. I thought I'd share photos that I took there. See them here: …

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Added by Chad Settlemier on January 22, 2013 at 4:48pm — No Comments

Homemade chocolate VONDYRA

www.facebook.com/vondyra

Added by Mira Suprayatmi on December 29, 2012 at 8:32pm — No Comments

Shelf life of Pernigotti cocoa powder

Can anyone tell me the shelf life of Pernigotti cocoa powder, which has a higher fat content (20-22%)?

 

Thanks,

 

Dorothy

Added by Dorothy Rackley on November 25, 2012 at 6:07pm — No Comments

tcho 99%

just wanted to let you all know that tcho moved their new 99% bar out of "beta" and is selling it at the full bar size (58gram). online it's 2 bars for $11

http://www.tcho.com/shop/chocolate/bars/91594

so the thing is - this stuff is special. i have tried 99% many times and actually used to eat the scharfenberger 99% although it was borderline in terms of being palatable eaten plain. but this tcho bar really…

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Added by ari salomon on November 23, 2012 at 12:21pm — No Comments

packaging advice

My husband I are trying to get a business off the ground and are in search of a company for packaging.  We are primarily selling small batch hand rolled truffles and would like to have boxes that will show off our work and not break the bank.  Any suggestions?

Thank you for any help you can offer.

Kristine Enos

Danielson, CT

Added by Kristine Enos on November 18, 2012 at 9:41pm — 5 Comments

Origin Chocolate Event Amsterdam October 16th and 17th 2012

Last year the Origin Chocolate Event started as a little event: one evening, four speakers and about forty visitors. This year it was much bigger: two days, ten speakers and a lot more visitors. Location was the very beautiful Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam. The first day was for professionals and the second day for the real chocolate lovers.

Purpose of the event is to promote fine flavour and sustainable chocolate in The Netherlands. Organized by Erik Sauër (El Sauco,…

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Added by Vera Hofman on November 18, 2012 at 5:29pm — 3 Comments

The Salon du Chocolat in NYC - The Chocolate Show

This weekend (November 9-11) saw The Chocolate Show in New York City. The show is organized by Event International, the company that organizes the Salon du Chocolat in Paris and more than 15 other cities around the world. New York is the only location that does that does not incorporate the Salon du Chocolat brand into the name.

I like The Chocolate Show for a number of reasons, including the fact that it brings out the core of the NY chocolate community every year while bringing…

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Added by Clay Gordon on November 11, 2012 at 3:51pm — 2 Comments

Chocolate Relief Efforts for Hurricane Sandy

To All Members of TheChocolateLife:

I was thinking this morning about the ways in which the ChocolateLife community might be able to aid in Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. And not just aid ChocolateLife members who make their livings making chocolate, but also people whose lives have been been tossed upside down and inside out who are in need of assistance.

After all, I know that there are ChocolateLife members up and down the East Coast that were within the path of the storm…

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Added by Clay Gordon on November 5, 2012 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Chocolate Unwrapped, London, October 13th-14th 2012

Three weeks ago I was in London to be at Chocolate Unwrapped for the second year. This year a new location ‘Covent Garden’; more stands, talks, demonstrations and visitors! A few years ago this event was set up to promote fine flavour chocolate, artisan chocolatiers and chocolate companies who work in direct partnership with the cocoa farmers. And I must say: they succeeded!

I arrived Friday before the event. Because I was not be able to go to Paris this year I went straight to La…

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Added by Vera Hofman on November 4, 2012 at 11:49am — No Comments

ChocoMuseo soon to be open

Dominican Republic is the main exportator of organic cacao in the world. There is a lot of great cacao produced here but not too many people to prepare a great chocolate out of it.

If everything runs well we will be opening one of our ChocoMuseo in Bávaro, Punta Cana on the 15th of November.

For those who never visited us in one of our other ChocoMuseo in Nicaragua, Guatemala and Perú, we will be teaching people about cacao and its artisanal process to be transformed in…

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Added by ChocoMuseo on October 27, 2012 at 6:30pm — 6 Comments

Euro 2012 Chocolate Adventure - Origin Chocolate Conference, Amsterdam

Check out the album of photos.

Traveling to Amsterdam

I have only ever been to the airport in Amsterdam before - Schipol - changing planes 'twixt here and there. So I was looking forward to spending a few days to learn and explore. 

I know why I took the early train from London (8:05am out of St…

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Added by Clay Gordon on October 21, 2012 at 6:25am — 3 Comments

Any Chocolate Calendars for 2013?

Does anyone know of a source for a wall calendar with chocolate as its theme? They have them for everything else - dogs, cats, sailboats, guitars, mountains - everything - but I've never seen one for chocolate. Any suggestions?

Added by Steve Whitman on October 16, 2012 at 1:33am — No Comments

Euro 2012 Chocolate Adventure - Days 3 and 4, Chocolate Unwrapped

Check out the photo album from the weekend. [ Note: I am working on a new approach to blogging, which is to put all the photos in an album and to write detailed notes for each photo. Blog entries cover topics not shown in the photos. ]

Featuring well over 50 exhibitors this year from all over the world and representing a wide variety of styles of chocolate and confectionery,…

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Added by Clay Gordon on October 14, 2012 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

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