Archives for January 2011

Valentine's Day Chocolate Bar

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Check out our favorites page to see our two new Valentine’s Day themed chocolate bars. Our ‘Dark Indulgence’ bar is dark chocolate with 23 karat gold flakes, dried cranberries, Happy Valentine’s Day plaque, crystallized rose petals, and a red chocolate heart. Talk about delicious! Our ‘Tasty Temptation’ bar is milk chocolate with raspberries, crunchy almond croquent, Happy Valentine’s Day plaque, and a romance heart. These two bars were extensively taste tested by the partners at Chocomize (best part about owning a chocolate company) and believe me, they are going to put a smile on anyone who is lucky enough to get them for Valentine’s Day.


Feeling creative? We have also added a bunch of new Valentine’s Day themed ingredients which can be found in our decoration section in the creation station. We have an edible plaque that says “Happy Valentine’s Day’, message hearts, chocolate strawberry hearts, chocolate love tiles, and chocolate romance hearts.



Don’t see something that you want? Send us an e-mail with your suggestion and we’ll try to get it on our website before Valentine’s Day is over!

 

 

-Nick

Valentine's Day Trivia

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! It’s making Eric feel lonely (he doesn’t have a girlfriend) and I caught him reading about the holiday online. It turns out there are a lot of interesting facts about the holiday. Hopefully you’ll find some of them interesting, here it goes!

 



-15% of women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day (it’s ok, Eric does the same thing every year, although he claims it’s Kristen Stewart…)

-Around 1 billion Christmas cards are sent every year for Valentine’s Day!

-3% of pet owners will give their pets Valentine’s Day gifts…

-In three days, over 100 million roses will be sold for Valentine’s Day.

-Teachers receive more Valentine’s Day card than anyone else.

-50%  of Valentine’s Day cards are bought in the week leading up to February 14th, people love to procrastinate!

-There are over 1200 chocolate factors, 21,000 florists, and 30,000 jewelry stores in the United States.

-73% of the people who buy flowers are men (including Eric sending them to himself.)

-California produces 60% of all roses sold in the US, the rest usually come from South America.

-85% of Valentine cards are purchased by woman.

-Valentine’s Day is also celebrated in Canada, Mexico, England, Italy, Australia, and Denmark




Have any other fun facts about Valentine’s Day? Let us know!

 

 

 

-Nick

Press Release January 2011

After one year in the custom chocolate business, Chocomize is growing faster than ever:


- New website and increased workforce to meet higher volumes


- Strategic alliance with Myswisschocolate.ch



Cherry Hill, January 2011. After Chocomize’s first anniversary, founders Eric Heinbockel, Nicholas LaCava, and Fabian Kaempfer look back on a very successful year. The business concept was well received by customers and the demand for custom-created chocolate bars is growing rapidly. As a result, the company has expanded its production capacities and will launch a new website that will sustain the increased traffic.


With increasing coverage from media outlets such as the Oprah magazine, CNN.com, Good Morning America, and the New York Times, the concept of Chocomize’s create-your-own chocolate bars is spreading rapidly throughout the US and Canada. “With increased awareness comes increased traffic on our website” says Eric Heinbockel. “We wanted to make the website cleaner and more user friendly, while at the same time optimizing the load time and order management system,” he continues. These changes were necessary to keep up with the ever-increasing number of orders, the founders say. In addition to making changes to the front end to be able to receive more orders, Chocomize also had to adjust their production capabilities in order to process the orders. The company has increased its full time staff and has purchased additional equipment to guarantee a fast turnaround time. “The Christmas season was proof that Chocomize can meet rapidly growing demand” Fabian Kaempfer explains. “Even orders that were received several days after the cut-off date made it to our customers in time for Christmas and no one had to show up for Christmas empty handed.” Now that the changes have proven successful the founders have confidence that there will be no limit to the company’s growth and success.



Strategic alliance with mySwissChocolate.ch


With the dawn of a new year the Chocomize founders are looking forward to many new and exciting opportunities. In pursuit of these opportunities Chocomize, the largest create-your-own chocolate company in the US, has entered into a strategic alliance with mySwissChocolate.ch. mySwissChocolate.ch is the number one custom chocolate company in Switzerland and one of the biggest players in the European market. Both companies want to identify and develop collective potential in the global marketplace. Furthermore, both companies intend to inspire each other in the areas Social media and Operations. Nick LaCava explains: “Myswisschocolate is the perfect strategic partner for us. Both of our companies are extremely successful in their respective markets and we share the same beliefs and values. The Swiss chocolate guys realize the importance of good customer service just as much as we do and we are looking forward to an exciting business relationship with them.”


Chocomize

1879 Old Cuthbert Rd, Ste 19

Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

Contact person: Eric Heinbockel

 


Chocomize in the Press

family circle logoChocomize was just recently featured in Family Circle magazine! They were doing a feature on great gifts for Valentine’s Day, and picked us as one of the ideas. They wrote a fantastic bit about how awesome we are, and they had some great pictures of our chocolate bars. We don’t have a link yet, but you guys should check it out if you get a chance in the store.


Stay tuned for our special holiday packaging that we will be releasing soon, as well as all the specialized ingredients we are going to have.

-Nick

Valentine's Day Packaging

Christmas and New years are over, but that doesn’t mean that the holidays are done for. It’s only a little over a month until Valentine’s Day! As usual, in the lead up to Valentine’s Day we are going to add a bunch of different holiday themed ingredients. We already have candy sugar hearts, rose petals, violet petals, and 23 karat gold flakes, but we’re going to add plaques that say ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’ as well as other surprise ingredients!


In addition to adding a bunch of delicious Valentine’s Day themed ingredients, we are going to offer special packaging. Just like the holiday packaging for Christmas, there is a limited quantity, so we suggest that all our fans get in on this early before they run out! They are currently being shipped to our factory, so we’ll keep you updated on the date when we start using them for every order. In the meantime, feel free to get a special sneak peek to what it’s going to look like:

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Nick