Artisan chocolatier designing branded packaging & launching virtual gourmet chocolate studio. Offering amazingly decadent rewards!
Hello! Thanks for checking out my project!
For the past five years I have been preparing for this moment - launching a virtual gourmet chocolate studio! Chocistry is my expression of my love of the sweet and adoration for the savory. The combination of the two creates the most unique array of handcrafted truffles.
Over the past 18 months I have participated in several major charitable events. My Signature Truffles won Best Dish at the 2011 Youth Villages Soup Sunday Souper Party featuring the city's best restaurants and caterers at the FedEx Forum. I've held chocolate demonstrations, created chocolate displays and presented truffles at weddings. Chocistry is currently featured in Southern Bride's Summer/Fall 2011 issue www.southernbride.com. Developing Chocistry into a recognizable brand that offers a truly delicious artisan product and more importantly, gives back to the local community and abroad is already underway... Now, I need YOUR help.
My objective for this project is to accomplish three major goals: Purchase more chocolate and supplies needed to meet the demand once Chocistry goes to market (virtually), begin production on the branded packaging I designed and finally, rebuild chocistry.com into an interactive virtual chocolate studio so anyone and everyone who loves incredible chocolate can experience the eclectic art form of Chocistry.
I wanted to share my creations with anyone wanting to partake in them which is why creating a virtual chocolate studio and shipping all over the country and soon, internationally, made the most sense. The shipping is all set... Here is where YOU (yes you) come in...
Your generous pledge will provide the capital I need to implement the three critical elements that will make sharing my fantastic chocolates possible.
As I developed Chocistry and all of the truffles and fine chocolates, I searched and searched for the best ingredients produced locally and from around the world.
Swiss chocolate, from the Cradle of Chocolate, the highest grade spices- like Spanish Saffron, fresh fruit purees, artisan sea salts, culinary grade flowers, the best loose tea leaves, honey direct from a honeybee farm, local goat cheese, cream, butter and bacon- (WOW, he really said bacon!), as well as herbs from my own garden are an example of some of the high-quality ingredients that were personally selected to be featured in the truffles I present to you. My truffles contain ABSOLUTELY NO PRESERVATIVES, just chocolate, cream and butter paired with select all-natural ingredients. Enjoying them within three weeks of receipt is recommended.
I wanted to design a box that first, met all of the standards for food-grade packaging, but then I wanted something different than the simple square or rectangular box with plastic trays. The end result of my collaboration with a packaging engineer was a simple yet elegant box featuring trays cut from the same high quality, recyclable paperboard with inserts that showcase the truffles, a hinged lid and a place inside the lid for a menu, so you will always know what is in your box. No more biting into a chocolate just to figure out what's inside! You will love them with or without the information but I felt knowing would make the experience that much sweeter! My signature truffle and salted caramel gift boxes will come in four sizes:
5 piece made for two with one extra just for you!
15 piece the perfect gift...
25 piece the dinner party attention getter...
50 piece celebrate a significant accomplishment or give in recognition...
There is a minimum order of 1000 boxes per size which means I must purchase at least 4000 boxes! See why I need all of your support??? I will update this project with images of the samples being made when I receive them from my manufacturer.
The chocistry.com site will be a dynamic integration of art and technology. Blogs and social media will keep me connected to you chocolate lovers. Also on my website will be menus with detailed descriptions, photography to spark your imagination and excite your palate and information on civic engagements, events and program offerings. The current site looks great but the new site being designed by my friends at Spark Digital Alchemy will be AMAZING!
Keep in mind, this is an ALL OR NONE campaign... I have to raise at least my goal of $7500 and exceeding that goal is always welcomed! I will ship to U.S. AND CANADA - SHIPPING INCLUDED as well as DUTIES & TAXES UP TO $100 TO CANADA.
See all rewards to the right... Offering gift boxes of truffles and caramels, chocolate and wine tastings, romantic getaways to Memphis' finest spots and even chocolates for an ENTIRE YEAR!!!
P. Ashley, Chocolatier & Chef
You can make a pledge at any time while the project is active but no pledges will be charged to your credit card until the project ends on Saturday, August 27 at 6:12 a.m. and ONLY if I reach the goal of $7,500.
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Jul 28, 2011 - Aug 27, 2011 (30 days)
Pledge $25 or more
5 piece Signature Truffle assortment. (SHIPPING INCLUDED)
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5 piece Signature Truffle and 5 piece Salted Caramel assortments. (SHIPPING INCLUDED)
Pledge $125 or more
7 backers Limited (93 of 100 left)
15 piece Signature Truffle and two 5 piece Salted Caramel assortment. (SHIPPING INCLUDED)
Pledge $250 or more
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25 piece Signature Truffle, 15 piece Salted Caramel assortments and 5 piece Black Label 23k Gold Saffron Caramels. (SHIPPING INCLUDED)
Pledge $400 or more
1 backer Limited (14 of 15 left)
(7) 5 piece Signature Truffle or Caramel gift boxes (3) 15 piece Signature Truffle or Caramel gift boxes (1) complimentary 15 piece Signature Truffle gift box on your birthday! These make the perfect gifts! (SHIPPING INCLUDED)Estimated delivery: Nov 2011
Pledge $700 or more
0 backers Limited (5 of 5 left)
25 piece Signature Truffle gift box 25 piece Salted Caramels gift box 15 piece Black Label 23k Gold Saffron Caramels gift box (1) complimentary 5 piece Signature Truffle gift box each month for an entire year! (SHIPPING INCLUDED)Estimated delivery: Nov 2011
Pledge $850 or more
0 backers Limited (2 of 2 left)
A night in a King Suite at the luxurious Madison Hotel Downtown Memphis www.madisonhotelmemphis.com with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne, a dozen chocolate gourmet long stem strawberries, one pound box of classic hand rolled Grand Marnier truffles, dinner at Felicia Suzanne's restaurant www.feliciasuzanne.com and shopping at luxury jeweler Charlotte Ehinger-Schwarz 1876 on S. Main www.charlotte.de !!!Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $1,000 or more
1 backer Limited (4 of 5 left)
50 piece Signature Truffle gift box 25 piece Salted Caramel gift box 15 piece Black Label 23k Gold Saffron Caramel gift box (1) complimentary 5 piece Signature Truffle gift box each month for an entire year! Chocolate & Wine tasting for 5 in your home or via FaceTime or Skype (date TBD) (SHIPPING INCLUDED)Estimated delivery: Nov 2011
Pledge $2,000 or more
1 backer Limited (1 of 2 left)
(2) 50 piece Signature Truffle gift boxes 25 piece Black Label 23k Gold Saffron Caramel gift box Chocolate & Wine tasting for 10 hosted at the showroom of luxury contemporary jeweler Charlotte Ehinger-Schwarz 1876 in the Art District on S. Main St. Downtown Memphis, TN. (date TBD) (SHIPPING INCLUDED)Estimated delivery: Dec 2011