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We’ve helped chocolate lovers discover a world of chocolate. With your help the world can discover Chocolopolis.
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My name is Lauren Adler, and I opened Chocolopolis in July 2008 to introduce chocolate lovers to chocolate made with fine flavor cacao from the best cacao-growing regions in the world. Our small retail store is located in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle, a vibrant residential community just up the hill from Seattle’s Space Needle.

While we are a small, local store, there’s nothing small about our collection of artisan chocolate. We offer one of the largest, curated collections of craft chocolate – nearly 200 bars from 25 countries.

Just some of our selection of craft chocolate bars
Just some of our selection of craft chocolate bars

Each chocolate in our selection is chosen based on team tastings where we evaluate flavor profile, flavor complexity and texture. Our weekly chocolate happy hours, our tasting classes and our “Meet the Chocolate Maker” events bring chocolate lovers together to taste and learn.

Meet the Chocolate Maker tasting event
Meet the Chocolate Maker tasting event

We are renowned for our knowledge of artisan chocolate, and many chocolatiers and chocolate makers look to us for feedback when perfecting their chocolates. We’ve accomplished a lot in our first five years, but we need your help to move to the next step in our chocolate evolution.

Our passion for fine flavor cacao has led us to create our own chocolate bars and truffles in the small kitchen in the back of our store. We draw our inspiration from the world’s finest chocolatiers and the wonderful traditions of the world’s great cacao growing regions. Our chocolatiers craft each chocolate by hand using the finest all-natural ingredients, including local fruits, nuts and herbs when possible. 

Nica & Sebastian Falcon, our Chocolatiers
Nica & Sebastian Falcon, our Chocolatiers

We focus on finding ingredients that are the perfect fit for each chocolate we make, resulting in a balanced and delicious chocolate experience.

Our Anise Ganache Fig is a wonderful example of our development process and how we perfect a product. For the fig, we specifically chose a black mission fig because it has a wonderful molasses note that pairs beautifully with the licorice notes of star anise and dark chocolate. Our fig won Best Confection at the 2011 Northwest Chocolate Festival, and it’s one of our best-selling chocolates.

Anise Ganache Fig
Anise Ganache Fig

Why do we need your help?

In the last year we have begun to sell our chocolates to specialty food stores. This has been a great opportunity for us, but it also comes with some challenges that we need your help to overcome. We are working on a redesign of our packaging and labeling to meet the specific packaging requirements of specialty retailers. We need to keep the specialty food retailers happy and make it easy for them to sell our chocolate. A packaging redesign also presents us with an opportunity to tell our story to customers who are not familiar with Chocolopolis. Packaging design, printing and production get expensive very quickly, and we don’t have the funds to pursue this without your help.

Sebastian tempering chocolate by hand
Sebastian tempering chocolate by hand

What will the money pay for?

Reaching our goal of $27,500 will allow us to:

  • Develop & manufacture point-of-purchase (POP) display boxes required by the retailers to easily ship and display our chocolates
  • Redesign the look of our labels to better tell our story to customers not familiar with Chocolopolis.
  • Create packaging that is environmentally-friendly and easy to open
  • Create & print labels that differentiate one flavor from another so customers can tell them apart on the shelf
  • Purchase new chocolate bar molds that increase the dimensions of our chocolate bars so they can attract more attention on store shelves
  • Create & manufacture recyclable plastic wrappers for our chocolate bars that fit the dimensions and show off the beauty of our chocolate
Topping our Orchard Dark Chocolate bar by hand with locally-grown hazelnuts, dried fruits & sea salt
Topping our Orchard Dark Chocolate bar by hand with locally-grown hazelnuts, dried fruits & sea salt

What’s a POP box and why do we need one? 

When we ship our chocolate to specialty retailers, we send it in a case box with a minimum quantity. For example, our chocolate bars currently ship in a case of 12. When the specialty retailer receives our chocolates, they have to figure out how to display the chocolates on their shelves. Some of them have told us they are going to require us to provide a case box that can double as a display box. This is what is known as a point-of-purchase (POP) box. We need to design a POP box that perfectly fits a case of our bars when standing upright, and has a perforated edge to tear off the top of the box. We need to make it easy for the retailers to sell our chocolates, and we want to provide an eye-appealing display that shows off our beautiful and delicious chocolates.

Meet our bars: Orchard, Spicy Aztec, Salty, Salted Peanut, Cherry Ginger
Meet our bars: Orchard, Spicy Aztec, Salty, Salted Peanut, Cherry Ginger

Why such an ambitious goal for this project?

Packaging is very expensive, particularly custom-built boxes. In addition to design, there’s custom tooling and manufacturing, and there are also high minimum order quantities. We need to produce 1,000 of the custom POP display boxes, labels for 8 different flavors of chocolate bars with minimums of about 600 for each label and 10,000 custom plastic bags that fit the dimensions of our chocolate bars. These expenses add up quickly.

STRETCH GOAL: $35,000

We have a stretch goal of $35,000 that will allow us to redesign our website to share more information about our own chocolates with customers who can't make it to our store.

Our website is currently chock full of information about the artisan chocolate community, but it's admittedly hard to navigate. In addition to adding content about our own products, we'll improve navigation so that you'll be able to find all of the wonderful content that's already on our site.

Funds above our goal but below our stretch goal help us defray Kickstarter's fees and the costs of fulfilling rewards, allowing us to put more funds towards our packaging project.

Risks and challenges

Developing packaging is a detailed project that has a lot of moving parts. Each part of the process is dependent upon the one before it being completed first. If one of these parts is held up, it may slow down the timeline of the project. We’ve been in business for five years, and in that time we’ve proven ourselves to be incredibly reliable. Our customers have come to expect a high level of professionalism and customer service from us. We’re a team who researches every project we undertake in great detail, minimizing the number of hiccups and risks we face. We bring this same level of professionalism, reliability and planning to our Kickstarter project.

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    Lots of gratitude & your name listed as a donor on our website. Stop by our store for a truffle of your choice from our confections counter.

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    All of the above and:
    A hand written thank-you note from Lauren on a Chocolopolis flavor wheel postcard. If you're in the Seattle area, stop by our store for a cup of drinking chocolate.

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    All of the above and:
    A trio of our most popular hand crafted chocolate bars featuring our new packaging.

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    All of the above and: An additional 3 bars of our hand crafted chocolate (for a total of 6 bars) featuring our new packaging.

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    All of the above and:
    A ticket to a Chocolopolis tasting class where you'll enjoy a 45-minute guided chocolate tasting of 5 single-origin chocolates followed by a cup of drinking chocolate and one of our hand crafted truffles. Plus we'll send you a 15-piece box of our newest product, Coconut Meltaways, and a 4-piece box of our ever-popular (and cute) Peanut Butter Tortoises.

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    All of the above and: Invitation for you and a guest to attend our Kickstarter celebration and packaging relaunch party on Sunday, October 20 at 6pm. Whether your passion is drinking chocolate, truffles or our chocolate bars, there will be lots to taste and enjoy.

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    All of the above and:
    Your name on our wall of honorary chocophiles. Two Chocolopolis Premium Truffle Boxes filled with our confections and signed by Lauren and our Chocolatiers, Sebastian & Dominica. Delivered to an address of your choice in the US.

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    All of the above and:
    A Chocolopolis gift box filled with the complete line of Chocolopolis bars (8) plus a variety of boxed Chocolopolis confections. Delivered to you or an address of your choice in the US by December 1 plus your choice of:
    OPTION A: A bottomless cup of drinking chocolate for 30 days (non-transferrable) plus a Chocolopolis mug
    OPTION B: Chocolopolis mug with 3 tins of Chocolopolis drinking chocolate (signature dark, spicy dark, peanut butter).

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    All of the above and: Two deliveries of Chocolopolis’ seasonal products and test products. Each delivery will include at least a pound of chocolate and will be sent in the fall and early spring.

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    A framed picture of Chocolopolis logo and label artwork signed by the entire Chocolopolis team plus your choice of:

    OPTION A: A private, 2-hour party at Chocolopolis for 30 guests with a guided chocolate tasting led by Lauren.

    OPTION B: Our chocolate tasting party in a box and 30 of our own single-origin truffles to create your own guided chocolate tasting party for 10 people.

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    All of the above and: A 4-hour chocolate tempering class exclusively for Kickstarters. You’ll get plenty of chocolate treats to enjoy during class and to take home, as well as guidance and tools so you can temper successfully at home. Class to be held Saturday, October 12 from 9am-1pm. Limted to 5 people.

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    All of the above and your choice of: OPTION A: A private, 3-hour, one-on-one truffle-making class, tailored to your skill level, with one of our talented Chocolatiers. OPTION B: A bottomless cup of Chocolopolis drinking chocolate for 1 year (non-transferrable).

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    All of the above and: Lauren and her team of chocophiles will host a private dessert party for you and up to 11 of your family and friends at Chocolopolis. We'll serve a 5-course dessert menu paired with a beverage chosen by David LeClaire. The evening will start with a selection of appetizers made by our neighbor, Sam Crannell, chef-owner of renowned Lloyd Martin

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    All of the above and: We'll bring a chocolate party and tasting experience to you (w/in 50 miles of Seattle) for up to 250 people. Share your love of chocolate with all of your family, friends & colleagues, Perfect for big life celebrations!

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