Chocolate for the Holidays – New Products

With the holidays officially on us, I have been getting a few requests for “gift” items. I have done some thinking, asking people here and there, and have come up with a few items I think would make nice gifts (either for yourself or someone else) – especially for the person who “has everything” – I can virtually guarantee they don’t have chocolate making kits. So here is what is now available – there are no listings in the Products page yet, but they are in the drop down menus (check the very end) of the Orders section.

72% Dark Chocolate Kit – makes 2.5 lbs – $48.00

You don’t need to know much about chocolate making to use this kit. It contains all the ingredients, in the exact amounts you need, to make 2.5 lbs of fresh, home made chocolate. It includes lightly roasted Jamaican cocoa nibs, cocoa butter, sugar and lecithin to make a silky, lush dark chocolate. All that is required is to run the cocoa though your Champion Juicer (another gift?) and refine it in the Santha Wet Grinder. The Champion and Santha are not included. Neither are molds, so pick some out to go with the kit if you need them. – Note: If you have soy allergies, the lecithin may be omitted.

44% Milk Chocolate Kit – makes 4.0 lbs – $42.00

For those who love milk chocolate, this kit all the ingredients, in the exact amounts you need, to make 4.0 lbs of fresh, home made milk chocolate. It includes fully roasted Ghanan cocoa nibs, cocoa butter, dry milk powder, sugar and lecithin. This makes a full flavored, heady milk chocolate. All that is required is to run the cocoa though your Champion Juicer (another gift?) and refine it in the Santha Wet Grinder. The Champion and Santha are not included. Neither are molds, so pick some out to go with the kit if you need them. – Note: If you have soy allergies, the lecithin may be omitted. Likewise, I am trying to find an alternative to the milk powder for those with milk allergies.

As noted says above, you need both a Champion Juicer and Santha Wet Grinder to make full use of the above kits, but you won’t have to worry about learning to roast, what recipe to use or anything like that. Complete directions are also included.

For those who want to experiment a little, we are now offering a 2 lb sampler pack. It is similar to the regular Sampler pack, but with a half pound of each of our four types of cocoa beans instead of 4 oz.
The Larger Sampler pack is $32.00.

Finally, we are now offering Gift Certificates. They can be for any amount over $10.00 and do not expire during the life of the business. Nice for the person who wants to experiment but you don’t know what to choose for them.

Happy chocolate making!

3 Responses to “Chocolate for the Holidays – New Products”

  1. John;

    One thing I’ve tried that REALLY helped my grinder and didn’t affect this batch of chocolate one bit was to melt the cocoa butter in the microwave before adding it to the sugar and other ingredients in the grinder. There was considerably less stress on the machine to get started. I didn’t see this tip anywhere on your site, and thought I’d take a moment to mention it. It made a huge difference in getting the grinder kick started.

  2. A dried milk alternative known as Better Than Soy–dry soymilk powder–is available for $10 per 26 oz. container. As someone who has eliminated all dairy from my diet for health/allergy and ethical reasons, it would be wonderful to have a milk chocolate kit available.

  3. I have tested out the “Better than Milk” soy milk powder and I like quite a bit. In a blind tasting, it was preferred over “standard” milk chocolates. Nice find.

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