How to become a Chocolatier

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: November 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Chocolatiers produce a range of handmade chocolates, truffles and chocolate bars on a small scale. Many operate from a home-based kitchen, while others trade from a small commercial unit.

Chocolatiers typically supply trade customers such as delicatessens, gift shops, speciality and premium retailers, restaurants and hotels. Many also sell their produce directly to consumers, usually online, but also at farmers' markets, other local market stalls and at wedding fairs. Some also run chocolate-making classes and supply personalised chocolates, wedding favours and branded chocolate items for corporate customers.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a chocolatier. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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