**Check the 'Updates' for a list of our more popular flavours.**
Many years ago I learned to make chocolate from scratch using just the raw ingredients. I have been sharing these chocolates over the years with friends and family, but now I want to share them with everyone.
Many other hand-made chocolates you see for sale are not actually made here in New Zealand, the chocolate is just imported and then shaped. Our difference is we actually want to make the chocolate here in NZ too.
We need the funding to purchase larger commercial scale equipment so we can produce and supply much larger quantities of chocolate.
How can you help us?
Tell the world about us! - Share this Kickstarter project with everyone through Facebook and Twitter and encourage them to pledge. Remember Kickstarters are 'all or nothing' so unless we reach our funding goal the project won't succeed.
Pledge and get an amazing reward - Of course the best way to directly help is to choose a pledge. You will then get one of our amazing rewards which we know you will love.
The chocolate we make is our unique blend of cocoa beans, cocoa butter, sugar, and milk for the milk chocolate. All of the cocoa beans we use are fair-trade and organic. We have spent a lot of time testing and refining our recipes and combinations to get the richest and smoothest chocolate.
We currently are making chocolate in various different concentrations and varieties. We make everything from the incredibly rich 80% dark chocolate, through 45% milk chocolate, all the way to white chocolate too. We have about 8 varieties of chocolate that we make at the moment but we are always looking for new and interesting blends and concentrations.
To make the chocolate we roast, blend, crack, winnow and grind the cocoa beans along with sugar and in the case of milk chocolates, milk and cocoa butter. This is a long process as the chocolate must be ground for over 24 hours to achieve the smooth consistency.
After we have made the chocolate we then temper it by hand and pour it into polycarbonate molds, where the shells of the chocolates are formed. These shells are then filled with one of our special chocolate center recipes.
What have we done so far?
So far we have done everything associated with making quality artisan chocolates, but on a small scale. We have already bought small scale equipment to produce chocolate, but we can only produce a couple a kilos a day at the moment. This has given us lots of time to learn new techniques and refine all of our recipes and fillings, but now we are ready for the next step.
The idea behind this kickstarter is to give us the ability to scale up to a fully commercial level and start producing chocolate in greater quantities. We also have plans to hopefully open a retail shop right here in Wellington too.
How will your money be spent?
We need to raise money for equipment and supplies. Here is the rough breakdown of how the money will be spent:
EQUIPMENT (45%) - The majority of the Kickstarter proceeds, about 45%, will go towards equipment. For making chocolate from scratch you need several specialised machines including grinders and temperers. Specifically we are going to buy large chocolate grinders that are used to process the raw cocoa beans into the smooth chocolate. Currently we already have small household size grinders that can produce about 2kg of chocolate every day. The commercial ones can produce 20-40kg per day which is more in line with the expected volumes we will be making.
REWARDS (25%) - The next largest portion of the funding will go to covering the rewards. All of the chocolate is hand made and so there is a significant amount of time and effort required to create all of our unique chocolates. We also only use the best ingredients and cocoa beans in our chocolates, as that is what people have come to expect.
KITCHEN SPACE (20%) - We will need to set up a kitchen space with various other pieces of chocolate making equipment such as marble benches, and all of the usual kitchen supplies.
FEES (10%) - Kickstarter and credit card fees will take the final 10% as their fee for running the campaign
Gallery of finished chocolates
Here are some of our half fruit spheres, These are very popular as they are so colourful and fresh, and of course they all have delicious fruit based fillings.
We occasionally make jewelled chocolates, these are made to look like edge cut jewels, and these have varieties of different flavours.
Of course we also make all of the more regular chocolates, with over 30 different fillings, the ones pictured here are dark chocolate but we also make milk and white varieties depending on what best compliments the filling.
Also for the real chocolate lovers out there we make pure chocolate bars. These are solid bars and are available in all the different types of chocolate we produce.
The chocolates are then packaged in gift boxes or individually wrapped.
How can you help?
Well reading this far was a good start but what we really need is for you to pledge! Just select from any of the rewards on the right hand side and help us make this a real success.
When will I get my chocolates?
As you may have noticed most of the rewards have expected delivery dates of March 2014, this is not an arbitrary date. We want to have everything delivered by Easter 2014. The only rewards with a later estimated date are the larger rewards due to their volume.
Risks and challenges
There are very few risks with this type of project. The main foreseeable risk will only be with timeframes. Importing the machinery and finding a suitable commercial kitchen lease may take more time than we have allowed for. However this risk will not affect the completion of the project, it will only affect the timeframe.
A sampler set of our chocolate. You will receive 6 bar pack of chocolate which has a mix of White, Milk, and Dark chocolate. This is definitely one for the chocolate connoisseur. Postage within NZ included.
Ever wanted some custom flavour of chocolate that doesn't exist? Then this is for you, we will make you any flavour you can dream of (within reason). This is for a full molded set of 20-30 (depending on the mold design you choose). Postage within NZ included.
A years supply of chocolate! You will receive 8 different chocolates every month for a whole year. Thats 96 chocolates spread out over a year and for the calorie conscious people out there, its not cheating if its only once a month right? Postage within NZ included.