Posts Tagged ‘raw chocolate’

@FoodAdo MUMPRENEURS: Galia from CHOC CHICK, how to be a mum & manage a successful business

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

MUMPRENEURS: Galia fom CHOC CHICK

FoodAdo interviewed Galia, Choc Chick, to discover what is a secret of a working mother that manages to have lovely children and a successful business.

Q: Galia, How did you manage the challenge of being a mother and launch your own business?

A: I actually set up my own business as I was finding it hard to balance my family life and a full time job. By setting up my own company CHOC Chick, I’ve been able to make my own hours and although I actually work longer hours than before, I’m still able to collect my daughters from school, attend school events and be there in the afternoons when they are home. I’ve had a lot of help from my husband and girls and they are very much involved in the business, from developing new chocolate recipes, packing up orders and ingredients to helping out at trade shows and events. It is a constant challenge balancing motherhood with my business but I am extremely lucky to have a very supportive family who are as passionate about my business as I am.

Q: What made you click and think “I want to create CHOC Chick“?

A: I’ve always been a chocoholic and when I discovered, around 3 years ago, how easy, healthy and delicious raw chocolate making is I began making copious amounts of chocolates for friends and family. At that time it was difficult and expensive finding the raw chocolate making ingredients and after making my own chocolate for around 6 months, I decided to leave my full time job and developed a range of affordable raw chocolate making kits with all the ingredients and recipes so that anyone can be a chocolatier and discover the joys of raw chocolate.

Q: Did you have connections or experience in the business before you started?

A: My previous job was in Internet Marketing, so using this experience I initially set up my business online and developed my online shop. As my aim is to make raw chocolate making accessible to all, I realised after a year in business, that I needed to get our Kits and ingredients into retail outlets and the high-street and this has been a huge learning curve as I had absolutely no experience in retail.

Q: What is the most precious tip you would you give to a Mum thinking about starting a small company?

A: Be passionate about your business but do make sure to find time for yourself and delegate as much as you can. When running your own small business you end up doing absolutely everything, on top of the housework, taking care of the children and cooking dinner, so finding ways to delegate some of the work and spending a little time just on yourself (simply going for a walk with my dogs works for me!) is incredibly important.

Q: What is the thing you like the most about CHOC Chick?

A: Setting up my business has been a dream come true, I get to work with everything chocolate, which is one of my biggest passions, but my favourite thing is seeing people’s reactions when they taste raw chocolate and realise how much fun it is to make it themselves. It’s incredibly satisfying to work in something that brings so much happiness to others (and myself of course!).

Q: What is in the future for lovely CHOC Chick?

A: My aim is to continue to grow the business both online and on the high-street and bring raw chocolate making to every kitchen in the UK and beyond.

Galia has recently started selling her beautiful chocolates on http://foodado.com/chocchick, and discovere that FoodAdo is a  website specialised in supporting little UK food producers, many of whom are women and mothers. Good luck Galia!

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Mary’s heart is made of chocolate

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Mary Kinsella, from the  Gorgeous Chocolate Heart Company, is a committed chocoholic and a talented artisan producer with a passion for research.

She managed to create raw chocolate snacks that have all the nutrient goodies in: full of superfoods, energy enhancing, nutrient dense and no roasting or additives (wheat, dairy and gluten free).

“I am passionate about creating the best raw chocolate, and am constantly doing research (and lots of tastings!) to improve my products and create more delicious recipes.”

She is indeed! And she has a collection of interesting recipes too!

Her raw chocolate balls are unique and it is fun to explore them all. They just surprise you with their character!

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I love chocolate!

Friday, June 11th, 2010

More girls coming on board!

Galia, from CHOC Chick Chocolate, had a long love affair with chocolate for long long time…

“I love chocolate! Chocolate has always been a big part of my life and some of my earliest childhood memories are of making and eating chocolate as a child in South America.

Having rediscovered the chocolate of my childhood here in the UK, I resolved to set up CHOC Chick to promote the pure goodness of chocolate in its raw state and bring the delights and benefits of raw chocolate to everyone.

I must also confess to not being one who spent a lot of time in the kitchen. As a working mum, cooking was more of a chore and never a relaxing experience for me. What really amazed me was how simple and enjoyable making raw chocolate is and how much I enjoy experimenting and thinking of new ingredients to add to the chocolates.

The best part really was discovering how good for you raw chocolate is. The more I read about the benefits and properties of raw chocolate, the more amazed I was that raw chocolate ingredients aren’t simply a household staple, easily found in any shop. Not only is raw chocolate considered a “super food” chock full of antioxidants containing over 300 nutritional compounds, but made with Sweet Freedom (a natural sweetener made from fruit) the home made chocolates have a low glycemic index and are lactose and gluten free. Raw chocolate is also a recognized anti depressant, mood enhancer, appetite suppressant and my ultimate favourite…aphrodisiac!

I of course started making large quantities of chocolates for my family, friends, dinner parties, school fairs and any occasion I could find. Sunday mornings in our household have become infused with the smells of melting cocoa butter and chocolate powder and my children adore helping me and of course eating the chocolates!

This rediscovery was too good to keep to myself and circle of friends, so after sourcing ethical suppliers in Ecuador and designing our packaging, I launched my website in September 2008 and the first CHOC Chick Kit was born.

I hope you enjoy making and eating these decadently healthy raw chocolates as much as I do!”