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Easter chocolates 2020

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@RWood, those transfer sheets are very nice. I also like those molds. Did you get them from JB Prince?  Unfortunately the molds have been discontinued (at least from JB Prince), and I have not been able to find more elsewhere. I had to supplement with some similar ones from Chocolate World.

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Honestly, I can't remember where I got them. It wasn't JB Prince, most likely from either Bakedeco.com or Chocolat Chocolat in Montreal. I got them quite awhile ago and those were the places I ordered from. I had noticed when looking at magnetics, I didn't see it very much. Maybe it's been discontinued. I like it a lot, I have four, should have gotten more. 

The transfers are from Chocotransfersheets.com in Benicia CA that I went and picked up. 

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Anybody else thinking Easter production isn't gonna be worth it this year? I had big plans to try something different (for me) this year but Easter is coming fast and I'm not seeing a lot of potential for it to be worth the work in my area right now. There are a lot of untouched looking Easter candy displays in the local businesses right now and the stores have been ridiculously busy so people just aren't interested right now. I'm sure there will be a mad dash for those displays closer to the date for people with kids but I'm still not seeing a lot of potential for what I do this year.

Edit: and I really need to proof read before posting... 15 minutes in timeout for overuse of "right now."


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It's kinda like wrestling a gorilla... you don't stop when you're tired, you stop when the gorilla is tired.

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1 hour ago, Tri2Cook said:

Anybody else thinking Easter production isn't gonna be worth it this year? I had big plans to try something different (for me) this year but Easter is coming fast and I'm not seeing a lot of potential for it to be worth the work in my area right now. There are a lot of untouched looking Easter candy displays in the local businesses right now and the stores have been ridiculously busy so people just aren't interested right now. I'm sure there will be a mad dash for those displays closer to the date for people with kids but I'm still not seeing a lot of potential for what I do this year.

Edit: and I really need to proof read before posting... 15 minutes in timeout for overuse of "right now."

 

Was in a grocery store today and the Lindt bunnies appeared to already be in clearance.

 

 

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I've gone ahead with the production I had planned. I'm making an assortment of 9 flavors for the various sizes of boxes I offer and 4 flavors for decorated eggs. Orders are down by something approaching one half. One regular customer emailed to explain that he didn't want me to think he is one of those customers who order for a while, then just disappear. But he works in a field where close contact with clients is essential, so all work has ceased. I can easily freeze the boxes for future use (there is nothing Eastery about them); the eggs are a different story. I suppose I could use them to make myself a spectacular omelet for Easter breakfast. I'm guessing that some people, when Easter itself arrives, may feel more of an interest in getting chocolates. And there is always the argument that in Christian circles, the Easter season lasts 50 days, so there is even more time to feel the chocolate urge. As a last resort, these eggs would make very good approximations of Christmas ornaments.

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5 minutes ago, Jim D. said:

I can easily freeze the boxes for future use (there is nothing Eastery about them)


That's pretty much the case for what I wanted to do this year other than the "easily" part... I really don't have the freezer space available right now. I'm not doing too much stocking of people food at this point but I had to do some hefty just-in-case stocking for my pets because I can't get their food locally. And it has to stay frozen until needed so my little chest freezer is now a pet food freezer which means I'll have to either buy another freezer or not freeze chocolate.


It's kinda like wrestling a gorilla... you don't stop when you're tired, you stop when the gorilla is tired.

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1 hour ago, Tri2Cook said:

Anybody else thinking Easter production isn't gonna be worth it this year?

 

Yes, but doing some anyway because there's nothing else.

 

Events are canceled and shops are closed but I can sell online and ship or deliver.  I'd already made some really fragile eggs that can't be shipped, sold a few at an event before everything got shut down but now I won't make more of those.  I made some solid dark bunnies and caramel filled egg halves today.  Eggs will be 3 halves in a box.  They're big, over an ounce each.  I'll make more solid bunnies and some holiday-neutral bonbons.

 

Even if I have added costs for advertising and shipping it shouldn't be any worse than selling wholesale.  I also dropped some truffles off with a caterer friend who's trying to pivot to take-out starting tonight, we'll see how it goes.

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4 hours ago, Tri2Cook said:

 

Anybody else thinking Easter production isn't gonna be worth it this year? 

 

Ditto. I’ve already decided it would not make sense for me to do Easter production. My Easter chocolates are different moulds and flavors than what I make the rest of the year so it doesn’t make sense to make them & try to store them for a year. When we come out of this thing I’ll consider making some celebratory chocolates & confections.

 

Thanks for the reminder to notify my customers! Meant to do that but dealing with life has gotten in the way.

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In spite of the current uncertainty in the world, I pressed on with my plans for Easter chocolates. Below are the eggs. The fillings (clockwise from top) are all simple, mostly traditional ones:  (1) strawberry pâte de fruit & strawberry cream, (2) dark caramel with sea salt, (3) coffee ganache with Kahlúa & rum buttercream, (4) crispy hazelnut gianduja.

 

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