The Chocolate in Finland You Need to Know (and eat)
Today’s post is written by the adventurer of The Travel Camel, Shane Dallas. He is a traveler extraordinaire with a unique perspective on connecting with the world.
The sixth food group is alive and well in Finland, and this is almost entirely due to a brand called Karl Fazer. Founded in 1891 (a fact emblazoned across their product line) this is a chocolate brand found everywhere in the country; it is in convenience stores, department stores, and airports to name just a few.
There are many products in the Karl Fazer stable – plain milk, dark, hazelnut, pear & almond, orange & crisps, red berries, strawberry & vanilla, cookie crisps and the list goes on…. I’m salivating just thinking of them all.
I chose three to taste. My initial foray into the world of Finnish chocolate was the plain milk – and the first bite revealed this to be an exquisitely produced chocolate. It was silky smooth, with a gentle texture that soon had me reaching for more. One could roll a piece around your mouth and the evenness of the texture was constant throughout.
Photo Credit: Shane Dallas of The Travel Camel
Next on the tasting list was my favorite – the combination of a white chocolate topping a milk chocolate bar. I’m very biased to this sort of chocolate – one can attack a piece from different angles and enjoy a different experience. This was the finest example of the white/milk double in my chocolate consuming quest, and I can assure you that I have tasted a few. The smoothness of the milk chocolate was again evident, and the white portion was equally smooth. White chocolate can almost be sickly sweet, but not with this bar. Finally, there was the beautifully packaged dark chocolate with a twist of mint. Usually I am not a fan of dark chocolate as it too bitter, but this was a soft taste and the hint of mint was not overpowering that can occur with many who try this combination. Though very nice, and though it would appeal to lovers of dark chocolate the world over, I was soon heading back to try more of the milk chocolate varieties.
Photo Credit: Shane Dallas of The Travel Camel
The Finns are most proud of Karl Fazer, and proclaim it as the best chocolate in the world. I am still unsure if it is the best, but it certainly is amongst the top three (along with Lindt in Switzerland and Haigh’s in Australia) as the best chocolate I have ever had the pleasure to consume. Perhaps there is something special in the cool, fresh air of Finland that allows chocolate of this quality to be produced, but whatever the reason, you should do yourself a favour and grab some Karl Fazer if you ever get the opportunity. You will be very pleasantly surprised.
Shane Dallas is an adventurer, blogger and speaker who has traveled to more than 90 countries. Though Shane is usually found exploring less traveled destinations around the world (particularly those in Africa, Asia and the Middle East) he also possesses a passion for chocolate, and indulges in it often during his travels. Connect with Shane on Facebook and Twitter. See all of his travels on The Travel Camel.
DOVE CHOCOLATE DISCOVERIES launched in February 2007 as one of the latest ventures from Mars, Incorporated. Now, a global leader in chocolate, Mars roots goes back to the kitchen. In the 1880′S, when Frank Mars was a young boy, his mother taught him to hand-dip chocolate. With his wife, Ethel, Frank started a home candy-making business in Tacoma, Washington, that eventually grew into Mars, Inc., a world-wide industry leader in chocolate confections.
I’m looking for someone who has a passion for making money via selling chocolate.
There are various methods in selling chocolate such as selling through chocolate parties, chocolate tastings, chocolate kid parties, chocolate blogging, chocolate BBQs, chocolate making sessions. Its up to you. You get to be creative.
Who you are:
You’re a professional, perhaps you are a full time mom or even a full time student looking to build your income portfolio. You might be a lawyer, engineer, teacher or anyone looking for additional money options. You’re smart, motivated, have a lot to offer the world and have a strong desire to love what you do. But It’s time you make more money. In fact, your job will eventually be replaced by software (you know this and you know its time to hustle NOW)
You so badly want to ramp up your income and have consistent cash flow, but the job isn’t paying enough and you need an extra source of income. I don’t blame you, the landscape of our economy is rapidly changing and honestly, there is NO security or stability with your 9 – 5.
If you are a full time Mom, you need adult time and money of your own.
If you are working a full time job, you MUST make more and reduce the amount of stress in your life.
If you are a student, you can’t wait for a career, you MUST get started ASAP with money-making
And let’s get real, the lack of extra income in your life is creating some stress in your life, sometimes requiring you to give up the things you long for.
Your primary focus needs to be on adding something to your life that is fun AND brings in money. You need an option in your life that has no ceiling. You want to work but without any constraint.
Looking for those wanting to get started between prior to July 4, 2015.
Most people have heard of home parties for kitchenware and cosmetics. But what about a home party for chocolate? In a sluggish economy, thousands of women are discovering a new way to taste the sweet life thanks to everyone’s favorite flavor.
DOVE CHOCOLATE DISCOVERIES™ a Mars Chocolate North America brand, is embracing the entrepreneurial-spirit by encouraging women to start a career in chocolate, take control of their financial future and have fun while they’re making an impact. From stay-at-home moms wanting to contribute to family finances or gals on the go looking for a new career, being a “Chocolatier” offers something for everyone.
“While most people are familiar with other at home party brands, many don’t realize that you can turn a passion for chocolate into an independent business,” said Betty Palm, President, DOVE CHOCOLATE DISCOVERIES. “Women can achieve their financial and personal goals via direct-selling. In fact, accordingly to the Direct Selling Association, women represent nearly 82% of the more than 15.1 million people involved in the direct selling industry.”
Chocolatiers – the DOVE CHOCOLATE DISCOVERIES sales force – enjoy sweet success not just financially, but personally too. The benefits of a career in chocolate include:
Freedom: Being your own boss; you’re in business for yourself, but not by yourself
Flexibility: Setting your own hours and schedule work around family priorities
Finances: Paying bills, taking that special vacation or replacing your full time income. How much you earn is entirely up to you!
Fueling your development: With top notch training programs and tools, you’ll develop leadership and business skills that will make you a hot commodity in any market
Friends: Meeting new people through Tasting Parties and a supportive network of Chocolatiers. Share the sweet life and recruit others into the business!
Fun: Love what you do and share that joy. It doesn’t feel like work when you make people happy! After all who doesn’t love chocolate?
From paying off credit cards to buying new cars or enjoying extensive vacations, DOVE CHOCOLATE DISCOVERIES offers a unique opportunity to turn premium chocolate sales into an independent business and a fun, social chocolate experience.
Chocolate Tasting Parties Now you can have a DOVE CHOCOLATE DISCOVERIES Tasting Party and invite your friends to try delicious and simple new ways to enjoy everyone’s favorite flavor. From chocolate smoothies and martinis to 5-minute chocolate mousse, I will help you discover a whole new world of chocolate.
Below are 3 links (I recommend definitely clicking on the middle link), while the first link will give you ideas on how to make money with Dove Chocolate. As a Marketer, I will be your coach and biggest cheerleader but you MUST be a go getter. I am a successful digital marketer, consultant, trainer and have been featured on TV as well as Newsweek magazine. I’m a hustler and I am ONLY building of team of other positive-minded hustlers. This is my ONLY requirement. If you have never worked before, everything can be learned except for attitude.
As you all my fans know, a family emergency has occurred and I would rather just hand off this trip to someone who has been supportive of my efforts here.
You can go on the trip, resell the trip, give it to a family member. Whatever you would like . . . I love to travel all over the world so it pains me to not have a chance to travel.
Here is what you need to do:
1. COMMENT below – tell me WHY you love Vegas
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Once my share bar hits 200 total shares then I will pick a winner within a short amount of time after (must hit this by January 16, 2015 at midnight or the trip hits the paper shredder). Keep a look out for it the counter on the side.
The #1 question I receive about my blog, is how do I make money?
Or, can you make money off of something as simple as a blog?
You betcha! Wherever you have an online audience, whether it be LinkedIn, Facebook (personal or a page), Twitter, blogs, Snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest . . . you can make money. People can make $50,000 per month, $200,000 per month or $500 per month. Its a lot of work but you anyone can do it.
Here’s a list of ways I monetize on mine (this is a quick post, but there are even more ways to make money):
1. Google Adsense
These are the ads on my site, Google is just 1 ad network but there are ten + more.
Never click on your own or ask friends to, Google knows all. Act with integrity.
2. Affiliate Marketing
If done right this, method is a great way to monetize your blog. Many of the previous methods can be used as affiliate marketing methods, but often a review of a product can work just as well.
For example, if you have a gardening website you could research affiliate programs that contain products related to gardening. Perhaps someone wants people to advertise their new lawnmower product, you could write a blog entry ‘What’s the best lawnmower for my garden?’ and at the end you could promote the affiliate product. You can put this on any of your social media accounts from blog to Facebook, just make it authentic.
With this type of advertising, you can get a commission with every sale that resulted from your recommendation.
It can be a physical product or a software product. On this site, I recommend chocolate bars as well as recipe books and even cooking gadgets. It makes sense for what I am doing.
3. Write a Product Review
Basically the same as Affiliate Marketing, but more obvious. You can write detailed reviews about products and publish them on your site.
Have you used a software for your job that you can promote authentically on your LinkedIn page or Facebook page?
Or like me, do you like to cook? I am able to put my Chicken Mole sauce and recipe on my personal and business Facebook pages with an affiliate link.
4. Create and Sell your own product
If you have a product that you have made, then why not sell it on your website.
I have seen business planners, blog planners, software products and chocolate brownie mixes sold online.
5. Create Tutorials
The internet is a great place to find information. Everyone searches for tutorials detailing how to do something. You are reading a guide yourself on ’30 ways your website can earn you money’ right now!
I have a few but my most popular one is about how to best make money off of those Chamber of Commerce meetings and effectively network in person. Go here to see it
6. MLM parties but only online
When you think Mary Kay, Tupperware, PartyLite candles, you typically think of “parties”. Forget parties. Eyeballs are online. I use Dove Chocolate Discoveries and Young Living Essential Oils to build an online and offline income (its like an affiliate link that just keeps giving).
If you like chocolate, you would love the Dove Chocolate Discoveries plan. For about 100 bucks you get a huge box of chocolate to make whatever you want for your family – from sweet to savory recipes. And if you want, share the recipes on your Facebook page with an affiliate link to get those 100 bucks back.
Sell more if you want or not . .
Webinar’s are basically a live workshop online. People go on to Webinar’s to hear you talk about your specialist subject. This is great for people who want to hear your message but do not have the time or money to travel to you.
I use GoToMeeting.com to schedule all of my webinars.
I like the method of 1 to many rather than 1 on 1.
You will make money from webinars by charging an individual for a virtual seat on your presentation. They pay to watch you perform your presentation online and they can interact during the process. You can also allow attendees to view your webinar for free and sell a product or consulting at the end.
8. Sell an eBook
Take all of your LinkedIn entries, your blog entries, your recipes, your slideshows . . . whatever it is that you are super passionate about and create an ebook out of it. People want the fast forward version of your information (even though its all out there for free).
Kim has great taste that show up in brands like Laboutin, Chanel and of course Bentley. Regardless of what you think of her, the girl works harder than most of us realize, plus she’s a mom and the other half of a power couple (not sure if the other half is Kris Jenner or Kanye though). With the money she earns, she can afford luxury and then some which is why I think these are the luxurious chocolates she should splurge on when Kanye and her make baby #2.
Pure Criollo cacao is difficult to come by and even more difficult to mold into a chocolate bar that speaks to the bean’s fine, delicate flavor. Amedei has the rare access to these of which only 3000 kilograms are harvested each year. Chocolatier Cecilia Tessieri creates an aromatic, well-rounded bar worthy of these coveted, rare beans.
Upon debuting his winning pralines at the World Fair in Brussels in 1910, Greek-American Leonidas Kestekides fell in love with a local Belgian girl and opened a tea room in Ghent. After his pralines again won gold at the Ghent World Fair in 1913, Leonidas began selling chocolates from his storefront window, then expanded his operation to tea houses in Brussels and Blankenberge. Today Leonidas sells chocolates at over 1,500 storefronts worldwide, but the prolific brand’s humble beginnings are never too far away — “democracy in chocolate” is their motto, meaning that the good stuff isn’t only reserved for the rich. And although Kim and Kanye are beyond rich, these two were both taught about having a strong work ethic at a young age. Leonidas is a perfect chocolate treasure for Kim.
Knipschildt Chocolatier was founded in 1999 by Fritz Knipschildt, who began his culinary journey as a chef in Odense, Denmark. The most-expensive chocolate he sells–a $250 dark chocolate truffle with a French black truffle inside–is available only on a preorder-only basis. Which I’m sure Kim’s assistant or manager could hook her up with.
4. The Monchie Bar
This is a luxurious white chocolate bar for the ultimate LA trendsetter aka Kim Kardashian. The creator, Onch, put major time into this bar in order to find the ultimate cure to the munchies, featuring handmade white chocolate packed with gummy bears, sour patch kids, and a dash of fruity pebbles in a blinged out wrapper.
Kim loves sparkle and this chocolate company adds a bit of sparkle in their chocolate. I can totally see Kim indulging in Delafee. The chocolate is specially prepared with fine cocoa beans and flakes of edible 24-karat gold applied by hand to each bar.
Marcolini offers customers one of the widest varieties of flavors on the luxury market today. And the countries reflected here on his chocolates will certainly appeal to the globe trotting Kardashian klan.
7. Debauve & Gallais
Debauve & Gallais creates intricate chocolates displayed in these stunning boxes (just love the navy and gold combo – screams luxury to me). Their ingredients are a microcosm of the world that include Piedmont hazelnuts, Perigord nuts, Turkish raisins, Spanish almonds, Turin chestnuts and Antilles rum. There are no dyes, preservatives or other additives ever used in Debauve & Gallais chocolate which make them an even better find for a pregnant woman.
8. Donnelly Chocolates
Richard Donnelly began making chocolate in 1988 after studying with a number of master chocolatiers in Paris and Brussels.
Donnelly Chocolates has been named One of The Ten Best in Chocolatier, Bon Appetit and Dessert Professional magazines. In 1998 he won the award for Best Artisan Chocolate at the Perugia, Italy EuroChocolate festival. In 2008, 2010 and 2012 National Geographic named Donnelly Chocolates One of the ten best in the world. Totally Kim approved. And baby #2 deserves the best even in the womb.
9. Teuscher Chocolates
Zagat declares Teuscher has “the best champagne truffles on the planet.” I don’t think Kim will be drinking any alcohol but thankfully she could try Teuscher’s other chocolates almost anywhere int he world from Beverly Hills to Abu Dhabi to Singapore. Chocolate made by the Swiss. Enough said.
10. Madam Chocolat
Hasty Torres, wife to Jacques Torres (yes, that Jacques Torres) and judge on TLC’s upcoming Chocolate Wars. Her shop, Madame Chocolat, was located in Beverly Hills where she sells her famous chocolate molds (chocolate Valentino, Christian Louboutin, Monolo Blahnik, Chanel high heels) amongst other yummies . . . . but now is joining forces with the hubster and moving operations to NYC. Yay for NYC! Besides Kim and Kanye have an apartment there so she’ll never be too far. And I’m sure North would love to munch on some of Torres’ chocolate-covered Cheerios (imagine Kim carrying those in a ziploc bag in her Birkin bag)
11. Paul A. Young Fine Chocolates
Paul Young is a London based chocolatier who opened his first shop in 2006 on Camden Passage in Islington with his business partner James Cronin and won a series of awards ever since. He’s made TV appearances and wrote a book a few years ago, Adventures with Chocolate.
At the end of the day, Kim works hard. She is hounded by the paparazzi, stars in multiple reality shows, models, runs DASH, puts up with her sisters, brother, stepbrothers, stepsisters . . . and she is a wife and a mother. If and when baby #2 comes, she has the money to throw down on anything and everything she wants. I just hope that she indulges in the best chocolates the world has to offer.
Yep, I think she should have one more chocolate indulgence. And here it is . . . run for it Kim!
The Frrozen Haute Chocolate
Stephen Bruce, owner of Serendipity 3, partnered with luxury jeweler Euphoria New York to create the “Frrozen Haute Chocolate,” a blend of 28 cocoas, including 14 of the most expensive and exotic from around the globe.
The dessert, spelled with two Rs, is infused with 5 grams (0.2 ounces) of edible 23-karat gold and served in a goblet lined with edible gold. At the base of the goblet is an 18-karat gold bracelet with 1 carat of white diamonds.
The sundae is topped with whipped cream covered with more gold and a side of La Madeline au Truffle from Knipschildt Chocolatier, which sells for $2,600 a pound.
It is eaten with a gold spoon decorated with white and chocolate-colored diamonds, which can also be taken home.
So chocoholics . . . we’ve covered Kim, we’ve covered North . . and Baby #2. What do you think she and Kanye will name the next baby? South? Haute? Serendipity?
P.S. Like Pumpkin Spice Lattes, then this is for PSL fans
P.P.S. Speaking of kiddos, if you have some they might really enjoy making this fall and winter cake
As bloggers, our time is always valuable, honestly, there is never enough time for all the things we want to accomplish. Our list is a mile long and every day it gets a mile longer. Making an impact on the world wide web is a tough job and only we know this.
The costs of running our blog include hosting fees, image fees, VA fees, software fees and most importantly, our time. I spend a minimum of 50 hours per week cranking on my online projects. I mean, I could spend 50 hours a week just on PicMonkey or Canva making sure I have images for Pinterest, images for Facebook etc etc.
For me, I am always looking for ways to authentically monetize my online endeavors. I had been looking at Dove Chocolate for awhile but was perplexed by the MLM part of it. MLM can have such a negative connotation. And years and years ago, I had been to one of those overhyped meetings that in some ways made me a little nauseated and in some ways gave me a glimmer of hope. Who wouldn’t want to drive around a free car and make $50,000 per month? Right? Of course, reality would sink in because the only way I could grow my MLM business is to PUSH it. From pushing it on friends and family to strangers in the grocery store, it was all about the fight and the challenge.
I like a good challenge but I value my friendships more than a free car.
Which brings me back to Dove Chocolate . . . I had been building my foodie tribe online and creating more and more recipes. Making connections online. I knew it was something I was going to incorporate eventually. The only downside was I had to buy a kit. Now, mind you, the kit just includes ingredients for my recipes that I don’t have to go shopping for. I’ve made chocolate cakes, cookies, candies, BBQ Cocoa Chicken, Cocoa rubbed brisket . . and a lot more is coming from my starter box.
In the past few months, I noticed some of my bloggy friends had started blogging about Young Living Essential Oils. They were also the non-MLM folks who authentically produced killer posts and recipes to add to their blog which was building an offline team with ease and online passive income with ease. I had my aha moment!
Its time for Dove Chocolate to be added to my blog.
*Dove Chocolate Discoveries is still pretty new to the network marketing world
*The chocolate is good!
*For every recipe I have, I can add an affiliate link for Dove Chocolate
*I can create mason jar gifts, sweet recipes or savory recipes. We are bloggers. Our creativity is unlimited.
*I can diversify my income so all of my eggs are not in one basket. If something happened to my site, I could still have a team. I could still host a chocolate party (a chocolate party brings a lot more smiles than a Mary Kay party).
*My team will naturally include bloggers and non-bloggers. The non-bloggers are a fantastic way to diversify my income.
*I can increase traffic to my site for DCD related topics and increase my team.
SALE: For the month of March the Dove Chocolate Starter Kit is on sale for $85!! In the past 15 years, I have been exposed to a ton of MLM “starter kits” from ParyLite Candles to MaryKay to Visalus and they average about $450.
Although, we can host our own chocolate tasting parties, holiday chocolate parties, cake of the month club . . we might have ideas of our own. And that involves leveraging technology to make more hours in the day and more money.
My Chocolatier Consultant ID: 23900
With that being said, I am not going to bother you about meeting for coffee (unless you want to get together and we are in the same location). I am not going to ask you how many bookings you have on your calendar this month. I am not going to force you onto awful conference calls that make you create a list of your 100 closest friends. Its important that your sponsor or upline is a blogger or online marketer otherwise you’ll have a sponsor calling you about your sales every single week. We have a Blogger group starting up here that leverages information, time . . .all that great stuff tech does for is. Join a BLOGGER team.
(BONUS!!! I am also giving a HUGE BONUS to any BLOGGERS that sign up. Scroll down to the pink picture.)
Because we have a blog, a Pinterest account, definitely a Facebook page, a Google + (even though we might have ignored it when we first started), an Instagram (we try to use this when we can), maybe a LinkedIn . . . oh, and a million Facebook groups with a ton of lifestyle bloggers, food bloggers, mom bloggers, family bloggers, travel bloggers . . general rockstars.
As a Blogger this is what YOU need: You need the information about the business given to you in a leveraged way, meaning there is a special Facebook group for us, a special group for our customers to see all of our recipes (even educational recipes for toddlers), photos that I took for you to use and as much information in one place as possible. And although Dove Chocolate Discoveries offers a back office, its not always the easiest to navigate or has the pictures we want and need. I am working hard to build our support network that you can access 24/7 for your blog. When you sign up, make sure you use my ID# 23900. If you sign up under another Dove Chocolatier, your upline will be the traditional party plan consultant who will not understand what you are trying to do. There is not one person in my family and hardly and of my friends that know or understand what I do . . I’ve tried to explain it a few times and learned that I just need to keep my mouth shut. LOL. You know what I’m talking about! Remember, I am not an MLMer. In fact, my friends and family don’t even know I sell MLM products. I talk about that here on my published LinkedIn article. However, I love marketing! I love creativity. My background is in technology sales in Silicon Valley, I also have a business helping senior citizens connect with technology and have been featured in Newsweek, the Dallas Morning News, Good Morning Texas and AARP. I love coming up with new ideas and chatting about ways to get creative in business, feel free to email or call me via my contact info below, I’m always up for chatting ideas with you. For the month of March, your kit is $85.
It will ship to you in 2 – 3 business days (thats really fast). It includes business builder info (that went into my recycling bin), chocolate martini mix, white chocolate martini mix, cocoa rub, truffle fudge brownie mix, chocolate disks, chocolate covered blueberries, chocolate covered raspberries, martini shaker, Dove glass, Cocoa BBQ sauce, baking cups . . and a ton more. DCD says its enough for about 4 -5 parties of a dozen people. Thats a lot of recipes for your blog!! When you want support, I’ll give it to you. When you want to be left alone to tackle life and your blog, I’ll also do that (I’m a blogger, I get ya) I’m using it as an affiliate link and the ingredients as my recipe builder. Most importantly, its a new and creative way to support my family along with the other income streams I am using. By now, you may realize this is for you. If you have 10 or more recipes that involve chocolate, chocolate educational ideas, cooking . . . then this is probably a great affiliate link for you. Click HERE to get going NOW My Chocolatier Consultant ID: 23900
Here’s the BIG BLOGGER BONUS:
As I mentioned, I will take the workload off of you and put it onto me. In addition, you will be invited to join 2 Facebook groups where I have filtered information from the Dove Chocolate Discoveries back office to work best for us. One group is for our customers and one for each other. Also, if you enjoy hosting parties and baking chocolate goodies then you might actually want to take a look at this article 11 Ways To Make More Money with the DOVE Chocolate Discoveries Direct Sales Opportunity