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New Beginnings – Part II

Posted in Choffy, Cupcakes, Entrepreneur, JenDelicious Cupcakes, self-employment, Wine with tags on July 30, 2013 by JenDelicious Cupcakes

So it has been a LONG time since I’ve written and a LOT of things have happened.  I’m still working my Choffy business albeit mostly for personal use for myself and a few of my friends!  AND…I left my government contracting job!  Why you ask??

Well, we’ve started baking cupcakes.  Last year, when our youngest daughter was turning 10, we dropped by a local bakery that had been in business for 20+ years and picked up some beautiful cupcakes.  Unfortunately, those cakes tasted like Crisco and cardboard…certainly not worth the $3.50 per cake we paid… so my hubby and I thought we could do better.  Over the last year, we have developed some fantastic recipes and have started our own cupcakery in the Riverview, FL area.  We decided on the name JenDelicious Cupcakes as a play on our names… Jen… is kind of obvious… that’s me… Del is my hubby and fellow cupcake engineer so he’s the Del in Del-icious!  So… JenDelicious Cupcakes was born!!

Currently, we are a cottage based business so there are a lot of restrictions on what we can sell and where we can sell our products… but hopefully, as we build our customer base and gain more exposure we can create a store front or at least bake out of a commercial kitchen!  We are learning  the ropes as we go.  We’ve provided cupcakes for local preschool graduation ceremony, a military promotion ceremony and we are preparing to provide cupcakes at a wine event at Strong Tower Vineyard in Spring Hill, FL.  We are super excited about this challenge as pairing wine with cake has to be done carefully in order to bring out the best in both the cake and wine!!

Anyway, below, is an example of one of my favorite cupcakes… an Irish Surprise (or better known as an Irish Car Bomb cupcake).  It’s a Guinness based chocolate cake, filled with a Jamison’s Irish Whiskey and dark chocolate ganache and topped with a light fluffy Bailey’s Irish Cream buttercream and finally sprinkled with a little green sugar for decoration.

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New Choffy Distributor

Posted in Brewed Chocolate, Chocolate, Choffy, Entrepreneur on January 27, 2012 by JenDelicious Cupcakes

So I did it!  I took the plunge and am going to start my own Choffy business.  Ok… I’m going to be a distributor for Choffy… but it’s still a business right!  I really love this stuff.  Not sure how good of a sales person I will be but I really enjoy drinking it so I should be able to sell it.  If you are interested in learning more about Choffy, check out my link under great products on the side bar.

Choffy Time

Posted in Brewed Chocolate, Chocolate, Choffy, Entrepreneur with tags , , , on January 22, 2012 by JenDelicious Cupcakes

Alright then, here comes a new year and a new post… finally!

Last weekend I decided to take my kids to the Festival of Chocolate at the Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI).  Even though I started a new Weight Watcher’s diet, I decided to torture myself and try to behave amidst all that chocolate.  Boy am I glad I went.  I ate the best Guiness Beer and chocolate mini cupcakes ever, my girls got to make their very own chocolate lip gloss and I was introduced to a great new drink…  Choffy!

Choffy is similar to coffee and tea.  Choffy is made from cacao beans (cocoa beans) that are roasted and ground for use in an automatic drip coffee maker or French Press.  My introduction to Choffy was their Ivory Coast version with French Vanilla creamer.  I was really impressed by the brewed sample they provided and went back and purchased a full size cup of the stuff!  I also grabbed a business card because I was so impressed so I could check them out at home.  The next day, I decided to purchase a French Press (because they said that was the best method to get the most flavor out of the grounds) and three small 12oz bags – one of each variety they carry.

I received the items about 4 days after purchase and loved the Ivory Coast version at home just as much as I liked it at the Festival… tasted exactly the way I had remembered it.  The La Espanola and Mamberamo are also good but have slightly different tones to them that I don’t care as much for.  Don’t get me wrong, they are good, but just not the same as the Ivory Coast version that I first tried. My seven year old loves the Ivory Coast as much as I do, my husband likes it but prefers his Keurig brewed iced french vanilla coffee and my nine year old likes the taste but says it upsets her tummy a bit.  So the home reviews are a bit mixed.  I also introduced the Choffy to my good friends and they both liked it a lot.  Considering the fact that brewed chocolate has lots of antioxidants and supposedly doesn’t give you the jitters that regular coffee does, I figured it’s got to be better than those high calorie, hi-fat Starbucks white mochas that I have been trying to break an addiction to!  That said, I’m still testing it out on myself, my friends and my family… so I will have to decide if that’s hype or fact based on my own personal experiences.

In the four days since I received my French Press and my Choffy, I’ve also started experimenting with different creamers and varying levels of sugar to see what I really like.  So far, I’ve tried French Vanilla, White Chocolate Mocha, and Italian Sweet Cream in my Ivory Coast.  My favorite, hands down is the French Vanilla with the Italian Sweet Cream next in line.  Not fond of the White Chocolate Mocha but that could be because I accidentally picked up the fat free version, so maybe that has something to do with it.

Anyway, I’m pretty impressed with the stuff and see lots of potential for the market.  I’ve contacted the distributor from the Festival to ask some questions about distribution and to see how many distributors are already in the area since I don’t want to start up something in a market already being worked heavily by someone else if I decide to take this up as a side business.  Once I hear back from her, I will decide whether or not to plunk down my money to get into distribution myself…

Can’t wait for Girl Scout Thin Mints to get here… so I can sit down with them and my Choffy!!

Until next time!!