How to Start a Chocolate Shop

Does the taste of one fine chocolate makes you wish you can own a store selling chocolates that you've made yourself? Do you have required arrangements for funds to start a chocolate shop? Are you looking for some tips to open a chocolate shop in your neighbourhood?

Turn that dream into a reality. Start by knowing all you can to start this kind of business. And start by reading our basic guide to opening a chocolate shop.

Most people dream of working on their own, which usually means opening a business. If you are in that line of thought and you are thinking of a chocolate shop, you are most likely a lover of the goody. So what does it take to become a chocolatier?

  • Passion: As what you might have guessed, chocolate making and decorating are usually considered by devotees as an art. And its followers are those who have developed a keen taste for fine chocolates and passionate about everything concerning chocolates. If you have this combination of taste, talent and passion, you have some base from which you can start a chocolate business. Continue to learn all you can about chocolate making and decorating. Enrol in courses that would add to your knowledge. Some courses on chocolate making are offered online.
  • A good idea: Unless you are planning to open an industrial scale production of chocolates, you won’t be able to compete much with mass producers in terms of pricing, distribution, and marketing. Your best strategy is to specialize in making chocolates that people won’t find being sold by the hundreds in grocery stores. You can run a self-serve chocolate store, or a gourmet chocolate shop, or one that sells handmade, organic or exotic flavoured sweets.
  • A well-thought of business plan: This should include all the necessary details of the business you want to put up, including:
    • a list of suppliers of cocoa or pre-packaged chocolate depending on which stage of production you want to start in. If you are banking on quality to market your chocolates, source your ingredients from top-line supplier;
    • a list of equipment and fixtures you will need. You’d need air conditioning to keep the chocolates from melting, sink and countertops if you plan to make handcrafted goods, glass display case, cash register, telephone, and computer. Depending on the type of production you want to operate, you might need more equipment like cutters, shavers and cooling slabs. For chocolate making equipment, visit thechocolatefountain.com
    • How you plan to package your goods: Packing could spell a lot of difference in the saleability of this kind of product. Wrap your chocolates in unique designs, for example as a candy bouquet or gift basket.
    • Your store format: If you want to open a gourmet shop, it should be festive, exciting, and posh. Express your creative spirit in decorating your store such that it exudes the atmosphere you want to create in your shop. These are just a few things that you’d need to think to start a chocolate shop. Some aspects like financing are not discussed here. It is an entirely different and lengthy topic on its own. Learn everything you can about chocolate making and becoming an entrepreneur before investing some hard-earned cash on the business or in any business for that matter.
       

25 Comments

  • sandeep said on February 6, 2011
    hi i want to start a chocolate manufacturing in different styles so can you say how to start or how to make it success i am from andhra pradesh
  • Cliff Preston said on March 11, 2011
    I want to start a chocolate restaurant of sorts. I just want to serve chocolate, wine, beer, etc... I currently live in downtown Omaha, NE. help!
  • piodel said on June 11, 2011
    I want to start a chocolate confections company in santa barbara, there is two good ones , I am taking a course about chocolate but still I need HELP. I m thinking to start with 5 or 6 different chocolates bombons and 3 different truffles. machines involve: I am thinking a chocolate tempering Guitar and chocolate enrobbing machine to cut the time in the process.
  • akansha said on September 22, 2012
    hii.. I want to start a small scale chocolate shop selling different types of chocolates.. what should I do?? I am from Delhi, India.
  • jayshree khiara said on October 23, 2012
    i want to start homemade chocolate business from my home pls what is the rules? how to make it success i am from mumbai .
  • sonia said on February 19, 2013
    wish to have all the details regarding starting the manufacturing of chocolates. Please provide all the specifications regarding land, building manpower & money. also all the requirement of machines along with their budget .
  • Anna Seraphina Nunes said on March 10, 2013
    Home , Chembur , Mumbai. I want to start selling chocolates online. Please help me.
  • Emmanuel Afram said on May 2, 2013
    wish to have all the details regarding starting the manufacturing of chocolates of 20 Tons an hour in Ghana, West Africa. Please provide all the specifications regarding land, building manpower & Financing. also all the requirement of machines along with their budget
  • Ipeleng Maipelo Tingwane said on May 17, 2013
    hi my name is Ipeleng, i'm an inspired youth who is very much interested in venturing into manufacturing of chocolates! i live in Ramotswa, near the capital city of Botswana in Africa.
  • md.shamsuzzaman said on May 26, 2013
    hi i want to start a chocolate. shop, where i collect different kind of chocolate for my shop. please say how to start or how to make it success. i want a guideline from you. Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Nancy said on September 20, 2013
    Hi, Chocolate making is my passion! I want to turn my passion into a profession. I have no idea how and where to start from. I am clueless how to begin it. Kindly please help me. I really want to open a chocolate shop and see my passion grow. Dahisar, Mumbai-400 068, Maharashtra.
  • ramona said on October 13, 2013
    I would like to open a small chocolate shop in my village by selling Belgium chocolate and different types of candy. Please give me your advise and any idea of budget I need to start. Many thanks.Ramona
  • vishal kuimar jain said on November 21, 2013
    hi, i wanna open a chocolate shop in my town so plz help me because i dont know about this business.
  • priya said on November 25, 2013
    hi i want to open a chocolate store at agra. i want to know about the equipments needed and all the information about handling of chocolates. also i want to know that can i run my business using readymade slabs of chocolates available instead of using cocoa.
  • nag said on April 30, 2014
    hi i want to open a chocolate store where i can get provider
  • VASANTHI said on October 2, 2014
    hi i want to open a chocolate store where i can get provider.plz help me because i dont know about this business.My location is cumbum,Theni district,(near kerala border),tamilnadu.
  • mainuddin said on November 23, 2014
    I want to start chocolate boutique in Kolkata, can I have an advice regarding investment, getting standard chocolate from the dealer etc.
  • kamalkamini said on January 9, 2015
    i want to start a chocolate shop. help me how to do marketing and to attract more and more customers live in saharanpur, up.
  • Shawkiya ainarkar said on April 25, 2015
    I have small shop in mahad maharashtra
  • Kailash N Shrivastava said on May 14, 2015
    I wish to start chocolate manufacturing unit in small scale at Bhopal(MP0 India provide me process & machinery with essential training at India near by Bhopal
  • Chuck said on July 21, 2015
    Evansville, Indiana. I am planning on opening up a chocolate resale shop. I will be buying different types of chocolate in wholesale and reselling them. What is a good source for wholesale of different kinds of chocolate?
  • Narmadha said on March 19, 2016
    Hi I want to start a chocolate shop by selling various kinds of chocolates. and I need idea about finance and about the dealers.
  • Ankit Gupta said on September 24, 2016
    Hi I am really passionate on making flavored chocolates eg dark, alcoholic, fruit flavor many others but I do not know from where to start. Please guide me how can I get equipment and ingredients. Also how much money is needed to start it.
  • bhuvana said on June 5, 2017
    hi i want to open a chocolate store where i can get provider. plz help me because i dont know about this business. My location is erode, tamilnadu
  • Maya Moawad said on October 20, 2018
    Hello, i don't have a big investment. i'm talented in chocolate decoration. i have 20 years experience in a sweet and chocolate shops, i want to start my own business beginning from facebook and Instagram first step. how can i plan my business?

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