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Empty baking and hot cocoa mix boxes DO NOT sell well... Contribute now so we can complete our first production run and launch our biz!
Empty baking and hot cocoa mix boxes DO NOT sell well... Contribute now so we can complete our first production run and launch our biz!
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Where there’s luxury, there’s not enough social responsibility. And where there’s social responsibility, there just isn’t enough luxury. With Cissé Trading Co., you never have to decide between the two!

Our mission is to bring gourmet, pastry-chef-quality, baking and hot cocoa mixes using Fair Trade, organic cocoa powder to market. In doing so, all of us will be doing our part to support small cocoa growers in the Dominican Republic by purchasing cocoa harvests at a premium price—which will give them the ability to live a sustainable life. Do you need any other reason to justify eating more brownies?!

Fair Trade, organic cocoa powder from FUNDOPO Cooperative in the Dominican Republic
Fair Trade, organic cocoa powder from FUNDOPO Cooperative in the Dominican Republic

So here’s the deal:
There are a lot of steps involved to make a packaged food. With the seed capital we’ve already invested, we were able to secure an amazing graphic designer to help us with our packaging, travel to the DR to source the best Fair Trade cocoa powder we could find, buy lots of ingredients to spend countless hours perfecting our recipes, print a ton of boxes for our mixes, find a company that will help us package our products, and shop samples of our mixes around to natural food retailers (like Whole Foods). Lucky for us, they LOVED our products and want us in their stores this Fall!

Uh…now what do we do??? We need funds to fill our orders…. YIKES!!!

This is what a full box of hot cocoa could look like...
This is what a full box of hot cocoa could look like...

This is where you come in:
By contributing now, you’ll be a helping bring delicious, all natural, Fair Trade, baking and hot cocoa mixes to grocery stores on the East Coast. (For all of you in other areas of the country, don’t fret—we’ll be selling online, too!) BUT even more importantly, you’ll be helping our farmers in the Dominican Republic have access to things like clean water, new roads, community centers, and a way of life that we want to help them be able to afford in exchange for all their hard work.

Your future birthday cake if we meet our goal!
Your future birthday cake if we meet our goal!

Sound good? Great. We’re really glad you’re still reading.
Our goal of $20,000 may sound like a lot, but this will allow us to complete our first run of production. That means our boxes will no longer be empty—hooray! And this means you will have made a huge impact on thousands of lives—those of us who like to bake yummy desserts at home, our farmers, and Diana and Jenny will remain employed!

STOP READING and CONTRIBUTE NOW!
Check out our awesome rewards—ranging from $5 to $10,000. Grab your debit cards and get in on the fun. Seriously, you will not be disappointed—all your friends need new tote bags, nothing is better than baking mixes for your early holiday gift purchasing, oven mitts are really cool (on your hands…), and if you really want to go for the gusto, get yourself and your BFF a Private Baking Lesson with Jenny! And tell ALL of your friends about our project!

Don't be fooled. These boxes are empty.
Don't be fooled. These boxes are empty.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE don’t forget...Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing model. If we don’t make our goal within 30 days, we don’t get any of your contributions! So spread the word. If you are contributing, I'm sure your friends will want to as well. (Please note, you will not be charged unless we make our goal.)

A MILLION THANKS in advance for all your support. If you’ve gotten this far with us, we know we love you already. And one more time, pass us along to your network—your fans on Twitter, Facebook, and your blog are dying to hear about us. Mwah!

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    THANK YOU! We'll be sure to mention you on our website because every dollar you contribute counts!

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    SURPRISE DESSERT RECIPE CARD, signed by Co-Founders Jenny and Diana; a shout out on Facebook; and a thank you mention on our website!

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    MARKET TOTE BAG & HOT COCOA! All of the above PLUS...a Cissé Trading Co. tote bag, AND one envelope of each of our three hot cocoa flavors. Yum.

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    MARKET TOTE BAG & HOT COCOA! All of the above PLUS...a Cissé Trading Co. tote bag, AND one envelope of each of our three hot cocoa flavors. Yum. (Add an additional $18 for flat-rate shipping outside of the 48 continental US states.)

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    TAKE YOUR PICK! All of the above PLUS...3 more envelopes of hot cocoa AND you get to choose one box from our four delicious baking mix varieties. How will you ever decide???
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    POT HOLDERS? PERFECTO! All of the above PLUS...a pair of Cissé Trading Co. pot holders. We certainly don't want you to burn your fingers when those yummy treats come out of the oven!!! (Add an additional $48 for flat-rate shipping outside of the 48 continental US states.)

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    HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT, TOO! All of the above PLUS...one box of the remaining three baking mixes. Yes, that's right--the entire Cissé Trading Co. product line will arrive on your doorstep. Happy baking! We love you.

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    HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT, TOO! All of the above PLUS...one box of the remaining three baking mixes. Yes, that's right--the entire Cissé Trading Co. product line will arrive on your doorstep. Happy baking! We love you. (Add an additional $60 for flat-rate shipping outside of the 48 continental US states.)

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    PRO BAKING TOOLS! All of the above PLUS...a five-piece set of Pastry Chef Jenny's favorite baking tools. She uses these everyday while testing recipes for her new cookbook and soon you will, too! (Add an additional $60 for flat-rate shipping outside of the 48 continental US states.)

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    BROWNIE BASH!

    We will deliver freshly-baked brownies, vanilla ice cream, and toppings galore for a party of 25 people. Let your pals think you made everything from scratch yourself--we won't tell!

    (Available within a 20 mile radius of NYC - date must be set between Pastry Chef Jenny and you at time of purchase. If you want a Brownie Bash outside of NYC area, please email info@cissetrading.com to discuss additional shipping costs.)

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    BROWNIE BONANZA!!!

    We will deliver freshly-baked brownies, vanilla ice cream, and toppings galore for a party of 75 people. For this party, you better give Cissé Trading Co. some of the credit....

    (Available within a 20 mile radius of NYC - date must be set between Pastry Chef Jenny and you at time of purchase. If you want a Brownie Bonanza outside of NYC area, please email info@cissetrading.com to discuss additional shipping costs.)

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    TASTING MENU at CRAFT with CO-FOUNDERS DIANA and JENNY! You and one guest can enjoy an evening of great company at the restaurant where Jenny's desserts helped to earn a 3-star review in The New York Times in 2011! Pick our brains on how we started a food biz, talk baking shop with Jenny, learn about Diana's explorations in Africa. Eat delicious food and drink fine wines. We are really interesting and you'll have a blast. Jenny will even send you home with a little box of Cissé Trading Co. sweets!

    (Craft is located in NYC - dinner date must be set between Pastry Chef Jenny, Diana, and you at time of purchase. Does not include travel expenses.)

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    PRIVATE BAKING LESSON with PASTRY CHEF JENNY McCOY! You and a friend will spend 4 hours baking your absolute favorite desserts side-by-side with "Emeril's Favorite Pastry Chef" in your very own kitchen. Learn new recipes and techniques that will teach you how to bake at home like a pro.

    (Available within a 20 mile radius of NYC - date must be set between Pastry Chef Jenny and you at time of purchase. If you want a Private Baking Lesson outside of NYC area, please email info@cissetrading.com to discuss additional travel costs.)

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    PROFESSIONAL FOOD PHOTO SHOOT! Be a pro in the kitchen with Pastry Chef Jenny McCoy and Cissé Trading Co's amazing Food Photographer. We will provide 5 desserts for the shoot, or you can bring along your favorite dishes. Learn food and prop styling tricks-of-the-trade to make your food have magazine-quality perfection. Images will be as gorgeous as the photos you see in our video--and yours to keep and love forever. (Photo shoot in Hudson Valley, NY - date must be set between Pastry Chef Jenny and you at time of purchase. Does not include travel expenses.)

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