2100 down, 2900 to go...

Discussion in 'Professional Pastry Chefs' started by foodpump, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. foodpump

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    Chocolate chilli peppers.....

    I'm about half way through, need to get 5,000 done and packaged by Feb. 10th.

    It's been quite a challenge.  Customer is a restaurant chain that wants me to use their house brand of chilli sauce in the ganache for the chocs. So not only does it have to taste good, harmonize with my 70% dark chocolate, BUT have a shelf life of at least 6 weeks and have no artiificial ingredients or preservatives.

    Then there's the production problems...  Only got the contract signed two weeks ago, so getting rigid polycarbonate molds was out of the question.  Had to get the el-cheapo thermo-formed ones, but could only get 20 molds with 9 cavities each.  The molds are not designed for filled chocolates and had to be modified and treated gingerly--I doubt if they will hold up before the last batch is done.  Then the red cocoa butter... don't have an airbrush so I have to brush it in manually and it needs to be tempered.  Spoiled almost 100 pieces because the coloured cocoa butter was sticking to the mold, but I finally figured and thunk myself out of that problem....

    Those boxes in the background each hold 1-150 pcs depending on the franchise that receives them.
     
  2. vic cardenas

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    Wow! You have your work cut out for you. Be sure to update us. 
     
  3. kaiquekuisine

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    I read this only i can only imagine the torture. 

    I know for a fact. that i wouldnt be able to complete all of that without going nuts...

    But as vic stated keep us updated, defintely have your work cut out for you xD. 

    By the way any idea on how much you have completed now?
     
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  4. foodpump

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    Closer to 3200 now.  I usually can do around 1000 a day.  No it's not torture, just work.  Main thing now is to get all the boxes shipped out, customer was supposed to take care of distribution and shipping, but so far haven't.
     
  5. foodpump

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    Officially done last night! 4 days ahead of schedule with less than 3% rejects (that is, after I got the red cocoa butter problem sorted out at the 300 mark...)

    Now I gotta get back to my regular bars, AND have to step up on bon-bon production for next week.. V-day, doncha know?....
     
  6. kaiquekuisine

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    So glad valentines day in Brazil is on 12th of June XD. 

    I got to start getting busy as well, need a new job after so many months away from the kitchen and dealing with family situations. 

    So tired of not being tired lol. 

    The bright side may be that since its v-day you may just get some $$$. 
     
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  7. beadingbritt

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    I feel your pain! At school we made about 800 cookies and 50 cakes for Valentine's day, plus the upper level doing pies, tarts, tiramisu, cheesecakes, and chocolate boxes!

    And all this on top of the catered auction we did just the week before.

    Thank God it's over, it was exhausting!