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From August 10, 2017 forward, when you go to TheChocolateLife.com you will be redirected to TheChocolateLife on theMaven network.

If you arrived here and are not a member but want to join TheChocolateLife community, please go to www.thechocolatelife.com  (on The Maven Network) and sign up for an account there.

If you were a member before August 10th, 2017 your existing account will still be active here and you will be able to search and comment on existing posts. TheChocolateLife on theMaven network has a Classifieds section as well as areas that echo the main discussion forums available here.

The ability to create new posts and upload new content (e.g., photos and videos) will be disabled. All new posts should be made on TheChocolateLife on theMaven network.

In the next few weeks I will be sending out an email which will make it easy for ChocolateLife members to grab an account on TheChocolateLife on theMaven using the email address used for their account here.

You are, of course, welcome to start using the TheChocolateLife on theMaven right away. Existing members are asked to use the email address they use for their current ChocolateLife account so that a second account is not created for them.

Thanks for your continued support and patience,
:: Clay

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krazyforchocolates

Machine to print Cocoa butter transfer...

Posted On:  Sunday August 12 2018, 1:25 AM
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Last Updated By: @krazyforchocolates

Hi all, We have a handmade chocolate Factory in India. We use the IBC transfer sheets in lot of our chocolates but recently importing these sheets from Belgium…
jujucabra

Need Opinions on Cooling Fridge or Tunnel

Posted On:  Thursday August 2 2018, 12:11 PM
Posted In: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques
Last Updated By: @Clay Gordon

We are a small scale confectionery, still fine tuning our processes, and I am in need of a cooling tunnel or chocolate fridge. Any leads on small-scale equipment…
Susie2

FBM Aura for sale $4700 USD

Posted On:  Sunday July 29 2018, 11:18 AM
Posted In: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques
Last Updated By: @rick boosey

Hello Everyone. First of all, I would thank for the help I get 3 years ago when I started the chocolate adventure. It has been joyful! I ended up buying the FBM…
Emma Smith

Help with Craft Chocolate in an old...

Posted On:  Friday June 22 2018, 3:44 PM
Posted In: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques
Last Updated By: @Emma Smith

HI All, Ah thank you so much for reading. I'm going a bit nuts here.  So, we have an old Enro 2 by Perfect. It has been pretty exhausting to deal with…
Ning-Geng Ong

Which cocoa bean roaster to consider?

Posted On:  Sunday May 20 2018, 8:18 AM
Posted In: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques
Last Updated By: @Filip Teply

I'm considering alternatives to oven roasting, and recently seen a vertical airflow roaster from Selmi. Has anyone worked with the Selmi roaster:…

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krazyforchocolates
 
@krazyforchocolates • one month ago • comments: 0
Clay Gordon
 
@clay • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Need Opinions on Cooling Fridge or Tunnel"
"I have been in touch with the UK importer of Everlasting (Angel Refrigeration) for at least four years and have sold several of the 100-series..."
LLY
 
@lly • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Need Opinions on Cooling Fridge or Tunnel"
"I had a quick chat with the UK representatives, they said that the temperature inside the blast chillers is around 12C but the ventilation is very..."
rick boosey
 
@rick-boosey • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "FBM Aura for sale $4700 USD"
"susie - is this still for sale ?  "
Clay Gordon
 
@clay • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Need Opinions on Cooling Fridge or Tunnel"
" LLY: Quote: You do not want to use a blast chiller – the goal is to cool things down to about -40F as quickly as possible. Thermal shock is an..."
LLY
 
@lly • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Need Opinions on Cooling Fridge or Tunnel"
" Quote: You do not want to use a blast chiller – the goal is to cool things down to about -40F as quickly as possible. Thermal shock is an..."
Clay Gordon
 
@clay • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Need Opinions on Cooling Fridge or Tunnel"
" LLY: Clay, what do you say about the blast chillers? https://www.vantagehouse.com/chocolate-equipment-results/BLAST-CHILLERS/Blast-Chillers..."

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Chocoa 2017 Prologue

Chocoa 2017 Prologue

Updated On:  Tuesday June 27 2017, 2:03 PM
Posted In: My Chocolate Life
Posted By: @Clay Gordon
Comments : 1
I am getting ready to head to the airport tomorrow afternoon to travel to Amsterdam for Cocoa 2017. I am going to be moderating both days of the…
Our second batch!!!

Our second batch!!!

Updated On:  Thursday June 1 2017, 4:28 PM
Posted In: First Coco Batch
Posted By: @Coco Queens
Comments : 1
Our second batch will be made with the same cocoa beans from the Dominican Republic. Our first batch consisted of 60% cocoa and 40% sugar. This time we are using…
Is Vietnam the new 'cool' origin chocolate?

Is Vietnam the new 'cool' origin...

Updated On:  Tuesday January 31 2017, 3:34 AM
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Posted By: @Lisabeth Flanagan
Comments : 1
Since Marou started making waves among chocolate lovers worldwide, there are telltale signs that Vietnamese cacao is becoming the trendy thing to do in bean-to-bar…
Our First Batch!!!!

Our First Batch!!!!

Updated On:  Wednesday January 18 2017, 12:49 PM
Posted In: First Coco Batch
Posted By: @Coco Queens
Comments : 3
We are a group of high school girls from Aurora Colorado. We are making our first batch of chocolate. 1.What do you guys do to make the batch what you would…
Project Grijalva - 2016 Report

Project Grijalva - 2016 Report

Updated On:  Sunday December 11 2016, 11:52 AM
Posted In: CacaoMEX
Posted By: @Clay Gordon
Comments : 2
Back in April, I wrote a blog post about a project in Mexico I started working on: Cacao Grijalva. I won't go into much background here - that's covered in…
Why is chocolate box said to be the perfect gift for any occasion

Why is chocolate box said to be the...

Updated On:  Friday September 30 2016, 5:40 PM
Posted In: Chocolatier
Posted By: @ChocolakWorld
Comments : 1
Chocolate is something which is loved by one and all across the globe, regardless of any national or international boundaries and it is difficult to resist…
The University of British Columbia needs 50 cacao beans!

The University of British Columbia...

Updated On:  Monday September 19 2016, 5:44 PM
Posted In: research on Cacao
Posted By: @Pierre Gruget
Comments : 10
The University of British Columbia needs 50 beans from as many origins as possible. Please send some.   Dr Lu, from the University of British Columbia,…
Our class process

Our class process

Updated On:  Friday September 16 2016, 10:25 AM
Posted In: chocolate making
Posted By: @Psydynasty
Comments : 3
A few days ago we roasted our cacao beans at about 270 degrees and let them sit out we weighed and measured all the beans. We have gotten to the stage of cracking…
Frontiers of Science in Cacao Symposium

Frontiers of Science in Cacao Symposium

Updated On:  Sunday June 5 2016, 5:44 PM
Posted In: My Chocolate Life
Posted By: @Clay Gordon
Comments : 1
The 30th anniversary of the cacao lab at Penn State’s College of Agriculture was honored during last week’s Frontiers in Science and Technology for Cacao Quality,…
Living La Vida Cocoa in Mexico

Living La Vida Cocoa in Mexico

Updated On:  Friday April 22 2016, 4:57 PM
Posted In: My Chocolate Life
Posted By: @Clay Gordon
Comments : 6
Mexico occupies a special place in both the genetic and socio–cultural histories of chocolate . Despite that importance, very little is known about Mexican…

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