Monday, February 11, 2013

Welcome to our new website! Thanks to my talented sister @Piktoland Tania Metalli.
Meanwhile we also made a big move from Colorado to Grand Rapids Michigan, lots of changes but one thing is exactly the same; my passion for finding and working with local beers and whiskies!
Well I can say that here I found my match. Grand Rapids was voted beer city and it shows.
The quantity and quality of the local brews here is overwhelming.
After not even a month of moving here I participated at the Fox Brew Ha Ha,.
I have created four chocolates for this event using four local beers.
Grand Rapids Brewing Company Senator Lyon Stout

Shorts Huma Lupa Licious, Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout and Founders Breakfast Stout.

We sold out 3 hours before closing!
Right now I am working on creating a staple line with three local beers and a whisky. This is what I have to begin with and I am really excited about it

The nice Beer Barrel Whisky from New Holland Brewing Company will soon be part of our Smoked whisky caramel truffle bars. The Founders Imperial Stout will be infused into the Stout Caramel Truffle bars. The porter calls for a smooth caramel and maybe a ganache, the Dragon's Milk will be a chocolate all by it self and the Fore Smoked Stout I haven't quiet decided yet. Lot to play with as you can see.
Will post some more pictures of the finished products later this week.

Good night

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Thank you for nominating Desiderio Chocolates  for "Best Vegan Chocolate" at the Veggie Awards 2012. 
Please share to give us the chance to win, if you like our chocolates of course :-) Awesome prizes for voters!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

So you did! You made it all happen. I have to admit that I didn't realize how hard was going to be to put my self and my dreams out there, when I decided to launch out Kickstarter project. Now that is all over and successful, I am having hard time grasping the reality of what happened.
The enrober will be here soon, I have to make some space for it. My husband will be building my very own commercial kitchen, a small but functional place where I can finally express myself fully and without any limitation of time and space. I can finally work at my own pace.
It is going to be a learning curve, working with a machine I have never worked with before, I am so used of me doing everything by hand that I am sure it will take few trials and errors, but it is going to be exciting and fun!
There are few steps to take before the show's on the road, I am ready.
Packaging is almost done. Trade shows have been booked. Now it is only matter to go out and sell the products.
Again this couldn't have happened without the help and support of all of you that believed in me!

Forever Grateful <3 p="p">

Thursday, July 26, 2012

KIckstarter Project ending soon

As many of you already know, I have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help raise money to purchase a critical piece of equipment, that would allow the production of my vegan confections to increase dramatically.

At this moment my production is very limited as it is my time. working my day job, I have hard time, with two growing boys as well, to make full scale production efficiently with no equipment, everything is made by hands, mine.

In order to create more business account, with larger stores nationwide, I need to expedite my production, make it more efficient and consistent. That is the reason why I have been waiting on picking up more accounts, if I can't deliver orders, it is not a good image for the business.

I am too small for banks to consider me, I also asked for too little, since apparently banks would have to pay the same fees for a $250.000 or a $25.000 loan, they don't make money with small loans, so they don't bother.

Kickstarter offer the opportunity to small business like mine, to find the funds they need through patronage and sales. There are rewards (pledges $15.00 and up) offered for the backers that decide to pledge for the project. It gives the chance to anyone that love the products (or ideas) to become, in a way, part of the business success, huge part actually.

I wont be able to make it without the people that loves me and my products, I wont be here if it wasn't for them. They are the one that makes it all worth it :-)

Kickstarter is all or nothing, so if I don't reach my initial goal, I wont receive any of the pledges, the backers will not be charged.

I guess what I am asking is for a little help to make this happen, this has been my dream since I can remember, I have been forced to wait for personal reasons, for the past 6 years, but I am ready now to take the leap, I need to, this is who I am am and I want to keep expressing myself through confections that are made with love, in every sense of the way.

Even small pledges can make the difference, please consider help my business make it to the next level.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

We have launch our Kickstarter Project to help fund the purchase of an enrober machine which will help us move on the larger market within this year. We have signed up for the Chicago Chocolate Festival trade show for this coming November, and would like to get there ready to ramble with new accounts and be able to fulfill the orders. Also we are working on new packaging and brand, which will be ready hopefully by the end of August.
Please check out our project and even if you are not able to pledge, sharing with other people would be of great help :-)

Thank you very much
Happy 4th of July


Tuesday, June 12, 2012