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By Jessica Spaulding
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About this project

Before I tell the history of Harlem Chocolate Factory, let me explain the chocolate.

Harlem Chocolate Factory is an artisan chocolate company. We're based in Harlem and we are using chocolate to convey the cultural experiences of the neighborhood.

A photo I took on Lenox Avenue in Harlem.
A photo I took on Lenox Avenue in Harlem.

We are using high-quality ingredients and handcrafted techniques to produce premium products.

Chocolate!
Chocolate!

We place the stories and culture of Harlem on the same pedestal as flavor and quality. It would be a disservice to our mission if we sacrificed one for the other. From the Mexican chilies of Spanish Harlem to the champagne of Striver's Row, we aim to bring a new perspective to chocolate.

Each one of our bars is wrapped in photo of Harlem. This is our Striver's Row Bar: 72% Dark Chocolate, Dried Champagne Grapes, & Popping Candies.
Each one of our bars is wrapped in photo of Harlem. This is our Striver's Row Bar: 72% Dark Chocolate, Dried Champagne Grapes, & Popping Candies.

Our history.

In December of 2014, I joined the New York Public Library's Business Plan Competition with the idea of finally bringing my life-long dream into reality. I spent months taking business classes and developing a support network. In September 2015, I WON!

Click to view the article written about the win!
Click to view the article written about the win!

I began working out of local commercial kitchen incubator program, HBK Incubates (Hot Bread Kitchen) and making extremely small batches of our products.

@ HBK Incubates Kitchen Space in Harlem
@ HBK Incubates Kitchen Space in Harlem

I started testing the market with our products at various Pop-up shops, often selling out.

Our First Pop-Up Shop with our Baby Bourbon Bon-Bons, Smoked Sea Salt & Toffee Bark, and more
Our First Pop-Up Shop with our Baby Bourbon Bon-Bons, Smoked Sea Salt & Toffee Bark, and more

Press

We have been featured in various outlets.  For the 2016 International Woman's Day, we were featured in a campaign by Kate Spade.

Click to view the video! We're at 3:51!
Click to view the video! We're at 3:51!

 

I gave a speech at the 2016 New York Women's Foundation's Annual Breakfast. It was one of the most amazing experiences and one of my proudest moments to date.
I gave a speech at the 2016 New York Women's Foundation's Annual Breakfast. It was one of the most amazing experiences and one of my proudest moments to date.

 

The New York Daily news chose one of our chocolate bars out of thousands of products!
The New York Daily news chose one of our chocolate bars out of thousands of products!

 

These opportunities were amazing but we were still limited by our machinery and space. We have had to turn down more orders than I can count and haven't been able to activate online ordering. So I started the hunt for production and retail space in Harlem.

Difficult is an understatement!

I reached out to a local community developer to rent a small stand in the historic La Marqueta market and started to dream of my space. I thought I'd finally be able to hire people from my community and plant the roots for Harlem Chocolate Factory.

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I endured the 6+ month process, purchased my equipment, and secured funding. Two weeks before I thought I would sign the lease, I was informed I did not get the space. It was heartbreaking. I left my full-time job to put everything into Harlem Chocolate Factory and had to start my real estate search from scratch.

Dreams do come true.

I didn't give up and used the upset as motivation. I continued to make my products at Hot Bread Kitchen's incubator until I could find another space in Harlem. Luckily, Harlem Chocolate Factory found a home. Thanks, Mom!

Front of our space: Pre-Construction.
Front of our space: Pre-Construction.

We signed a lease at 2363 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd in Harlem's historic Strivers' Row district. It's important to me that we begin and remain in Harlem. We have the opportunity to create not only jobs but careers.

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  We are all working really hard to make it happen.

My son and daughter helping our contractor measure.
My son and daughter helping our contractor measure.

We purchased our chocolate equipment but still have a few more things we need.

Our Chocolate Machines. Construction is on schedule.
Our Chocolate Machines. Construction is on schedule.

We secured funding from the global micro-lending organization, Accion, KIVA, and family but we still need some more help to get open.

Use of funds.

We plan to open on July 15th with a ribbon cutting and grand opening party. We will use the funds to get the last few pieces of equipment, packaging, hiring, etc. (detailed list below).

  • Display Cases
  • Sinks
  • Tables
  • Cabinets
  • Storage Racks
  • Chocolate molds
  • Kitchen supplies
  • Oven
  • Coffee machine
  • Lots and lots of Chocolate
  • Lots of packaging
  • Staff & etc.

 Check out our rewards and help us make this dream come true (and get some really good chocolate).

Our Chocolate Salami {(left) 41% Chocolate, Shortbread, Cream, Pistachio,Almonds, Amaretto} and our Dark Chocolate Toffee Bark with Smoked Sea Salt
Our Chocolate Salami {(left) 41% Chocolate, Shortbread, Cream, Pistachio,Almonds, Amaretto} and our Dark Chocolate Toffee Bark with Smoked Sea Salt

 

 

Risks and challenges

Right now our biggest risks are any delays with permitting. However, we have teamed up with the New York City Small Business Solutions and have a launch team that basically guides us through all of the red tape and regulations. We have already begun our permitting process and will continue to work with the office to remain in compliance.

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    Represent Harlem Chocolate Factory with one of our signature Gold Foil logo shirts and a tote bag. Made in Harlem.

    You will receive a commemorative golden ticket magnet that is also an invite to our grand opening festivities. Join us for a night of food, fun, and chocolates at the Historic Schomburg Library.

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    Come to Harlem Chocolate Factory with up to 4 of your friends for a personal tour of the HCF production kitchen before we open (or after if schedules are too tight). We will sample the range of the spectrum from Dark to White and learn all about HCF. Come learn how to eat chocolate and have some fun with your friends with this preview of Harlem Chocolate Factory.

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    Spend the day with the founder of Harlem Chocolate Factory. Come meet with Jessica and have access to what it's like to own your own business. We'll be together for and provide Breakfast and Lunch or Lunch and Dinner. Ask any questions you want and get some hands experience making our signature treats. We can't give you the recipes but you'll see the inner workings of running your own chocolate shop.

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    Spend a day with up to 10 guests making chocolates. This hands on class is going to Harlem Chocolate Factory Fun. We will learn about tempering, make your own custom chocolate bar and more.

    Prepare to be chocolate wasted.

    We can't offer you alcohol but you can BYOB.

    Each guest leaves with all the items they have created and our signature t-shirt & tote bag.

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