Shafer…Power! Chocolate Bars
Inspired by our friends at Mast Brothers Chocolate, the kids and I took a shot at making homemade chocolate bars last Friday evening. As mentioned in a previous blog, the goal was to have them ready for our community-wide thrift sale which was held on Saturday morning. And much like our Jesterbucks coffee stand, the project was a massive success!
We started the process by finding an excessively simple recipe online.
And then poured the chocolate into molds.
We then froze them for a few hours which allowed us to work on packaging.
Of course, no good chocolate bar is complete without the right name.
As with every handmade product, quality control is a very important step. Apparently they tasted great because everyone was so preoccupied sampling the product, we forgot to take pictures of our smiles.
The kids and I were up early for the thrift sale and were raring to go. We brewed a batch of coffee to sell with our chocolate bars to ensure we had caffeinated customers. We had done no marketing prior to the event but put up a Coffee sign on the corner pointing toward our house.
In the end, the chocolate bars significantly outsold the coffee – although we did have one customer (me) who purchased several cups o’ joe. The kids’ confidence seemed to pick up as the morning went along. While they initially relied on people to see their sign, eventually they asked most people if they were interested in making a purchase. One of our last minute customers picked up three chocolate bars from the kids; a dollar tip on top of the deal sealed their happiness for this event.
The Bottom Line
Our cost of goods for the project – including ingredients, the chocolate bar molds and labels – was just under $30. We were able to make twenty-four chocolate bars with our supplies and elected to price them at $1/piece. (Although our goal is to eventually earn some spare change, we decided on the $1 price point as we were more interested in successfully moving product than making a profit.) We sold a dozen chocolate bars for a total of $12. The kids were enthused by our efforts even though I think they had hoped to sell more.
I’m always curious whether events like these leave an impact on the kids and what they will remember. I was pleased to hear the excitement in Owen’s voice when he told a neighbor about the event later that day. I think we all learn a little something about ourselves during events like these, myself included. One thing is for certain, it’s inspired us to do more. There’s already talk about homemade ice cream or maybe even a taco stand.
What future events do you think we should consider?
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