It’s been just over week since we launched the site; we’ve had a really positive response – even a handful of orders! Thank you everyone, again, for your support – this has already been more exciting than we even dreamed.
With Easter & Spring upon us, this week we’ve been focusing on production: peanut butter eggs, bunny ears and tails, and filled candies. I (KT) also started the first week of my professional chocolatier program. So far there’s been mostly lectures and research to work through, and even a report due this Friday! I’ve already learned a handful of new things we can apply to Sweet Bean.
You may wonder where this all started? I don’t think it comes as a surprise to most people who know me, that I would end up working with candy – I’ve eaten and obsessed about enough of it in my lifetime. A few years ago, I took my first chocolate workshop at ChocoLee Chocolates in Boston, MA w/Lee Napoli. Beginning with that first workshop, I realized that making candy was as fun as eating it. Molding chocolates is really an artform, and I found it a natural way for me to marry my artistic side with my love of flavor and sugar. Soon I was making candy for holidays, gifts, and simply ‘because it was Saturday’.
After moving back to Cleveland in 2012, I suggested making candy for Christmas to a friend as a fun activity for us to do together. After posting the highlights of our adventure on Facebook and Instagram, the feedback indicated this could be something more, and with a little research and planning the Valentine’s Day Project was born. I dreamed up 4 flavors: Vanilla-Bourbon Caramel, Peanut Butter, ‘Red Hot’ Cinnamon, and Sparkling Champagne truffles and put a call out to friends & family on Facebook to gauge interest – we had an overwhelming response. With the help of my husband (Bob), we spent nights & weekends making filled chocolates and truffles and hand delivering them in time for sharing on Valentine’s Day. We asked for feedback via an online survey and were pleased with the overall results. That’s when we decided it was time to get serious and move forward with Sweet Bean.
So, for now, Sweet Bean will act as a local company only (sorry friends outside of OH). Under Ohio Cottage Food Law (901:3-20 Cottage Food Production) a person can produce – in their home – food for sale, with certain restrictions applied, including only selling within the state of Ohio.
This is the beginning of an exciting journey and we’re looking forward to Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and 4th of July – sharing new flavors and products with you – as well as the ‘behind the scenes’ techniques, testing, and tasting from our chocolate lab, I hope you’ll stick with us as we learn and grow.