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A show exploring hot topics & destinations for chocolate, weaving together history, culture, and lived experiences to make a storytelling podcast that’s part interview & part documentary!

Chocolate On The Road Max Gandy

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    • 4.8 • 13 Ratings

A show exploring hot topics & destinations for chocolate, weaving together history, culture, and lived experiences to make a storytelling podcast that’s part interview & part documentary!

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    • 49 sec
    INTERVIEW: Kjartan Gíslason, Co-founder of OmNom Chocolate

    INTERVIEW: Kjartan Gíslason, Co-founder of OmNom Chocolate

    OmNom Chocolate has become semi-famous over the last year, thanks to a Zac Efron show (https://www.netflix.com/title/80230601) on Netflix. But even before that overnight explosion, OmNom had been quite famous within the craft chocolate (https://damecacao.com/what-is-craft-chocolate-bean-to-bar/) industry in its own right. From their rainbow-hued wolf icon to their bold Icelandic flavors— like sea salt and licorice or burnt barley— they’re memorable, to say the least. And as co-founder, Kjartan has been there for all of it.
    Over the course of the pandemic, he’s learned to roll with the punches more than ever, first depending upon the Icelandic public to keep them in business, and then manically trying to keep up with demand. In this interview, we dig into topics like production capacity, craft chocolate ice cream, and the tourist attractions in Reykjavik. So without further ado, here’s my interview with Kjartan. I hope you enjoy listening to our conversation as much as I enjoyed having it.

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    Show Notes: https://damecacao.com/interview-kjartan-gislason-omnom-chocolate (https://damecacao.com/interview-kjartan-gislason-omnom-chocolate)

    • 44 min
    Interview: Julia Choi-Rodriguez & Roger Rodriguez, Cofounders of Vesta Chocolate

    Interview: Julia Choi-Rodriguez & Roger Rodriguez, Cofounders of Vesta Chocolate

    Julia & Roger Rodriguez opened the doors to their shop in February 2020, less than a month after their wedding ceremony. Nearly a year in the making, and their official grand opening was waylaid by covid. And then waylaid again. And eventually it was cancelled altogether, plans were scrapped, and big changes had to be made to keep Vesta alive— they went full bare bones.
    Working just outside of New York City, at the height of the pandemic, the couple hustled to drum up interest through Easter, and then Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. But not only did they survive the worst of it, but they’ve thrived, doing well from the start thanks to good advertising. In this interview, we dig into the early days of Vesta, as well as bootstrapped marketing and the future of social media. So without further ado, here’s my interview with Roger and Julia. I hope you enjoy listening to our conversation as much as I enjoyed having it.

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    • 46 min
    INTERVIEW: Gillian Goddard, Activist Chocolate Maker at Sun Eaters Organics

    INTERVIEW: Gillian Goddard, Activist Chocolate Maker at Sun Eaters Organics

    Gillian Goddard puts her money where her intention is, carefully choosing how her business spends its resources in order to have the greatest positive impact. She’s a self-proclaimed “disruptor” in the chocolate industry, and I’ve seen no evidence to dispute that; her systems bring to life the concept of entrepreneurship as activism. Over the last few decades, Gillian has built up a number of businesses in Trinidad & Tobago, each rippling into and often overlapping with or absorbing the last, but all having to do with challenging existing systems which get our favorite chocolate bars onto shelves and into our hands.
    Whether you’ve tried her chocolates or not, you’ll certainly connect with her message— everyone deserves to earn a decent living. If you work hard every single day, you deserve to be able to afford the basic necessities plus a bit more. Yet most of the world’s farmers live in poverty. In this interview, Gillian & I dig into topics like diversification of income, bullying, and empowerment through creation. I hope you enjoy listening to our conversation as much as I enjoyed having it.

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    Show Notes: https://damecacao.com/interview-gillian-goddard-sun-eaters (https://damecacao.com/interview-gillian-goddard-sun-eaters)

    • 47 min
    INTERVIEW: Erin Andrews, Founder of indi Chocolate

    INTERVIEW: Erin Andrews, Founder of indi Chocolate

    Even over the phone, Erin Andrews is someone you just feel drawn to continue chatting and laughing along with. Having founded her first chocolate company in Belize in 2008, over the last thirteen years Erin has used this extroverted superpower to build up a subsequent chocolate company in her home of Seattle. That company is indi Chocolate, named after her oldest daughter, who actually inspired the brand’s oldest product line: cocoa butter-based lotions.
    indi has since grown into a large fishbowl-style café in Pike Place Market, where Erin has managed to keep on her staff and even take in new business, thanks to some pandemic-fueled creativity. This is actually a hallmark of her approach, as Erin maintains tabs on what her customers are interested in, and then finds the most delicious and sustainable way to satisfy them. In this interview, we discuss topics like working at origin, slave-free chocolate, and community-based business building. I hope you enjoy listening to our conversation as much as I enjoyed having it.

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    Show Notes: https://damecacao.com/interview-erin-andrews-indi-chocolate/ (https://damecacao.com/interview-erin-andrews-indi-chocolate/)

    • 52 min
    INTERVIEW: Will Marx, Founder of WM Chocolate

    INTERVIEW: Will Marx, Founder of WM Chocolate

    Very few chocolate makers are truly going down a new and unusual path these days, and honestly, at first glance, neither is Will Marx. He’s making (mostly) plain dark chocolates from ethically sourced single origin cacao. But simplicity can be a good thing— it takes away the complicated window dressing and opens up the world of artisan food to a larger group of consumers. In it’s own way, that’s sort of revolutionary.
    Over the last year in particular, Will’s been restructuring his business in uncommon ways in order to more closely match his core values of high ethics, high flavor, and low environmental impact. So in this interview, the two of us dig into refined sugars, fine liquor, and enlightened outsourcing.

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    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

LouMamou ,

Best Podcast About Chocolate

I’ve been listening to this show almost from the beginning, and it only gets better each episode. I love the variety of voices on each episode, and the changes in topics. I can’t wait for the next episode! Keep up the good work!

WaltZ1973 ,

So educational, Inspirational

I am a high school teacher leading a special seminar topics class on cacao and chocolate. We’ve been looking for relevant information about today’s issues related to social justice and small business regarding cacao and chocolate. This series is so awesome!!! The narrator is also an amazing role model and inspiration to the students.

dibbzz ,

In love!

I’m so excited to find this podcast! As a new chocolatier I’m so happy to add to my resources. Eeee, thank you!

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