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Handmade chocolates and confections, ingredients locally sourced from Willamette Valley! Read more

Salem, OR Food
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Handmade chocolates and confections, ingredients locally sourced from Willamette Valley!

Salem, OR Food
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I am so excited that I have reached my goal! I have stretch goals that I'm also excited about, especially #2, take a look!

STRETCH GOAL #1 - $8,000

Every backer $45 and over will get a box of S'mores bars! (The Big Vegan backers will get an extra sampler box of vegan chocolates in addition to the reward level they choose).    

My Story

Born and raised in the Willamette Valley (Beaverton, Oregon to be specific) I left for New York City after high school. After studying architecture in college and working for a few years, I remembered all the things I loved about home, and came back. Before I left NYC I took a chocolate making class, and learned I had a second passion – candy making. I love architecture, and I plan to stay in the field, but I want something more hands-on, something with a faster turn-around than a building, and something yummier too! For now, Draft Chocolates is just a side job, but it gives me the opportunity to make what I love, share it with the world, and support my local community at the same time. 

Hand rolled dark chocolate vanilla bean truffles
Hand rolled dark chocolate vanilla bean truffles

For me, local ingredients are important. I’m sure the French produce an amazing array of berries, but there is something special about the berries that are grown right around the corner. And not just berries. I want to use lots of local flavors, like berries and hazelnuts, local dairy products, things that come from the same place I did; ingredients that didn't travel long and hard to get to my work station. My dream is to locally source the ingredients, and locally sell them too, partnering with small business (I already have interest from 3 companies!) to sell my chocolates as well as setting up the occasional farmer's market stand. Draft Chocolates will also be available to the world online, providing a little slice of Willamette Valley in a scrumptious single bite of chocolate heaven. 

S'mores and caramel bites
S'mores and caramel bites

This Kickstarter is to help me take a dream I had way back in Brooklyn in 2006, of starting a confections business, and build it into something successful, here where it all began – where I was born and raised. I need more (and better) equipment and access to a commercial kitchen to create larger batches of chocolate so I can share my passion and my chocolates with all of you. This Kickstarter will literally give me the chance to Kickstart a chocolate business by getting me the basic equipment I need to produce more chocolates at a time. The rewards will be my chance to learn to produce larger quantities and get me ready for starting my side business. Thanks for stopping in!

Reusable tins, Vanilla Porter homebrew dark chocolate hand-rolled truffles
Reusable tins, Vanilla Porter homebrew dark chocolate hand-rolled truffles

Crowdsourced Flavors

Most levels include a chance to vote in crowdsourced flavors, you may be asking yourself what that is exactly. I want to make sure that I give the people what they want! So I will survey for a list of flavors you prefer (you will be able to choose from a list or suggest your own). After a week of time to gather the preferred flavors, there will be a vote and the top 3 flavors will be developed and included in your reward boxes!

Homemade gingersnap marshmallows
Homemade gingersnap marshmallows

My Goal

The Goal for my project is $6,000. With this money I will be able to purchase:

  • A chocolate tempering machine which will help me produce faster and with better results. Then I can focus more on making what goes inside the truffles! Which is my favorite part of chocolate and candy making! 
  • Several polycarbonate molds, which will allow me to make more chocolates at a time. I will still make handrolled truffles but molds will allow me to have greater variety in shapes and filling options.
  • The Insurance required for renting a commercial kitchen as well as time in a commercial kitchen for making the rewards.
  • 45% of the goal amount is to cover rewards (ingredients, shipping and time in a commercial kitchen).
  • 8% is to cover Kickstarter (5%) and Amazon (3%) fees.
Dark Chocolate Vanilla Bean Truffles
Dark Chocolate Vanilla Bean Truffles
Apple Cider Caramels
Apple Cider Caramels

Add-Ons

Add on to your donation to get any of these bonus items to customize your reward!
For example if you wanted the 12 piece sampler box and a box of caramels you would pledge $40, select the $25 reward level and send me a note that you would like to add on the $15 reward! If you send me a message of what you want to add-on I can make a note and once the project is successful, I will send out a survey about add-ons.

  • $5    3oz box of assorted caramels 
  • $10 (1/4) pound box of the top 3 crowd-sourced flavors chocolates 
  • $10 A Draft Chocolates mug (*new add-on! 10/26/2013*)
  • $15 a bag of marshmallows 
  • $15 (1/2) pound box of assorted caramels
  • $35 A Draft Chocolates mug with a small tin of hot chocolate mix and a bag of homemade marshmallow
  • $60 A Draft Chocolates hoodie

International folks! International shipping is, unfortunately, crazy expensive. If you are super excited about how awesome my snail logo is and would like to give extra to cover shipping, please message me and we can figure out what the shipping costs will be. Caramels, marshmallows and hot chocolate mix can be sent internationally; unfortunately chocolates are too sensitive to ship reliably.

Peppermint Patties
Peppermint Patties

REWARDS

The chocolates will be packaged in reusable boxes, wrapped up in brown paper and tied up with string (these are a few of my favorite things!). The flavors enclosed will be a combination of things I enjoy making as well as the top crowdsourced flavors. Some potential flavors include: S'mores bars, peppermint patties, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Vanilla Bean, Dark Chocolate Orange, caramel filled chocolates... we are only limited by our collective imagination; I have a huge list of ideas of flavors which backers will get to help choose from and participating in the choosing of. 

The vegan levels will be an assortment of chocolates, unfortunately most vegan truffles need to be refrigerated so that will limit the types of things I can create, but they will all still be delicious! 

Mugs
Mugs
Hot Chocolate Mix (tin concept, actual packaging TBD)
Hot Chocolate Mix (tin concept, actual packaging TBD)

*Hot chocolate mix will be made with dairy free chocolate, so vegans can order this too and prepare it with their milk substitute of choice!

T-Shirts
T-Shirts
Sweatshirts
Sweatshirts

**EARLY BIRD DISCLAIMER**

Because this project is happening so close to the holidays, I wanted to make sure I could offer something that could be given as gifts however I don't think I will be ready in time with the commercial kitchen set up to be comfortable guaranteeing delivery in time for the holidays. My solution is that my early bird offerings will NOT be made in a commercial kitchen, they will be made at my mom's house (cause there won't be an adorable puppy running around, also the reason I cannot just do a cottage food license, but he's cute so it's ok). I will be using those reward levels to master my new equipment before I'm paying the hourly rate in a rented commercial kitchen! Practice makes perfect, so early bird levels will be my practice rounds!

**Allergen Note: All equipment is shared with dairy, nuts and gluten-y things.

Maple syrup marshmallows, topped with bacon
Maple syrup marshmallows, topped with bacon

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge right now is time. As this is still only a side project production times could be longer than I would want and the closest rentable commercial kitchen is 45 minutes away so I mostly have weekends to work on my rewards. With the support from this Kickstarter the plan is to eventually build a whole business, which would eventually let me pull back to part time as an architect, and part time chocolatier. This Kickstarter is a two-fold experiment – to see if the public is interested in what I have to offer, and to see how I’m able to handle fulfilling the rewards on time. This is the push I need to start working with larger batches of chocolate (and provide recipients for all the chocolates I need to make to learn to use my new equipment!), and to learn any and all best practices for doing so. I am still learning and experimenting with recipes but that is not really a risk because I would never send out something that wasn't delicious! The risk is that they just may not be perfect.

As a team of one it takes time to make all these wonderful goodies. But I have the love of crafting chocolate and candy and the moral support of my best friend (she who took that first class with me, and is still back in Brooklyn), and with that I can accomplish anything! I even love wrapping and packaging each set of chocolates, designing packaging for future projects and developing my branding. But everything is a process, as I have only me, with the brainstorming of friends and family to get this whole project done!

Since I’m new to selling chocolates cross country, I’m also worried about the seasons, and how the chocolates will travel in warm weather. That’s why for this Kickstarter my goals are all anticipating shipment during winter. This allows me to offer some holiday rewards, and build up best practices for shipping before I start selling online!

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FAQ

  • As an architect, a draft is an iteration, a test run, an incomplete design, but also drafting is the physical drawing a building or architectural design. You don’t draw architecture, you draft architecture. Draft Chocolates is about chocolates by hand, like drafting by hand rather than by computer, but it’s also about testing flavors, experimenting with new ideas for candies and chocolate confections.

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  • The snail is a doodle I’ve been drawing since I was a kid, so when I had an idea to create a chocolate company based on local food and the slow food movement, naturally the Slow Food Snail of Approval came to mind. Seemed like the perfect fit!

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Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge $5 or more

    7 backers

    A handwritten thank you card and a sticker!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $15 or more

    24 backers

    A 4 piece sampler box of chocolates & a vote in the crowdsourced flavors & a sticker & a handwritten thank you card

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $30 or more

    39 backers

    A 12 piece sampler box of chocolates & a vote on the crowdsourced flavors & a sticker & a handwritten thank you card

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $30 or more

    4 backers

    The Little Vegan - A 12 piece sampler box of vegan truffles, a vote in the crowdsourced flavors & a sticker & a handwritten thank you card

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $35 or more

    18 backers

    The Local (You must pick up in Salem, OR): A 24 piece sampler box of chocolates & a vote in the crowdsourced flavors & a sticker & a handwritten thank you card

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  • You selected
    Pledge $45 or more

    25 backers All gone!

    The Early Bird (*SEE EARLY BIRD DISCLAIMER) - A 24 piece sampler box of chocolates & a vote in the crowdsourced flavors & a sticker & a handwritten thank you card

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $50 or more

    1 backer

    The Little Canadian
    **FOR CANADIANS ONLY!**
    A small flat rate box, full of candy and a handwritten thank you card.

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $55 or more

    3 backers

    The Big Vegan - A 24 piece sampler box of vegan truffles, a vote in the crowdsourced flavors & a sticker & a handwritten thank you card

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $55 or more

    18 backers

    A 24 piece sampler box of chocolates & a vote in the crowdsourced flavors & a sticker & a hand written thank you card

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $80 or more

    11 backers

    A 24 piece sampler box of chocolates & (1) Draft Chocolates Mug & (1) small tin of hot chocoalte mix & (1) bag of homemade marshmallows & a vote in the crowdsourced flavors & a sticker & a handwritten thank you card

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $100 or more

    3 backers

    (2) 24 piece sampler boxes of chocolates & (1) small tin of hot chocolate mix & (1) bag of homemade marshmallows & a vote in the crowdsourced flavors & (2) stickers & a hand written thank you card

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $120 or more

    0 backers

    The Big Canadian
    ** FOR CANADIANS ONLY! **
    A medium international flat rate box, filled with candy, a t-shirt, a mug and a handwritten thank you card.

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $130 or more

    1 backer

    The Hot Chocolate Lover - (4) Draft Chocolates Mugs & (2) tins of my custom hot chocolate mix & (2) bags of homemade marshmallows & (2) stickers & a handwritten thank you card

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $150 or more

    2 backers

    The Zero Calorie Supporter - A Draft Chocolates Hoodie & (1) Draft Chocolates Mug & A few stickers & A handwritten thank you card

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $200 or more

    2 backers

    (3) 24 piece sampler boxes of chocolates & (2) Draft Chocolates Mugs & (1) large tin of hot chocolate mix & (2) bags of homemade marshmallows & (1) Draft Chocolates Hoodie &
    a vote in the crowdsourced flavors & a handwritten thank you card & (3) stickers

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $325 or more

    0 backers Limited (25 left of 25)

    Early Bird Big Backer - (2) pounds of chocolates, (1) pound of caramels, (2) bags of marshmallows, a tin of Draft Chocolates hot chocolate mix, A Draft Chocolates mug, A Draft Chocolates hoodie, a vote in the crowdsourced flavors and a hand written thank you card

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    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $450 or more

    0 backers

    The Holiday Package (*SEE EARLY BIRD DISCLAIMER) - (10) 1 # boxes OR (20) 1/2# boxes of chocolates, wrapped up in brown paper and tied up with string ready to give as gifts! & A handwritten thank you card & stickers for everyone!

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    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $500 or more

    0 backers

    The Valentines Package: 3 pounds of Valentines themed chocolates, (2) Draft Chocolates T-shirts, (2) Draft Chocolates Hoodies, (2) Draft Chocolates Mugs, (2) tins of hot chocolate mix, (2) bags of homemade marshmallows, and (4) stickers and (2) handmade handwritten thank you cards (special Valentine's day cards!)

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    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $750 or more

    1 backer Limited (3 left of 4)

    The Chocolate Fanatic: a 1/2 pound box of chocolate every month for a year & (1) box of assorted caramels & (2) Draft Chocolates mugs & (1) Draft Chocolates T-shirt & (1) large tin of hot chocolate mix & (2) bags of homemade marshmallows & a handwritten thank you card & several stickers & a vote on the crowdsourced flavors

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    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $1,600 or more

    0 backers

    A hand painted, (by me) Draft Chocolates candy dish & (1) 24 pcs boxes of chocolate & (1) pound of chocolates of your choosing & 1/2 pound of chocolates every month for a year & (2) bags of marshmallows & (2) Draft Chocolate Mugs & (2) Draft Chocolates Tshirts & (2) Draft Chocolate Hoodies & (2) tins of hot chocolate mix & (2) pounds of caramels & several stickers & a hand written thank you card & 3 votes towards the crowdsourced flavors & several stickers

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    Only ships to: United States

Funding period

- (30 days)