More Than Just the Chocolatier: Live Deliciously With These 5 Chocolate Careers

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Who doesn’t love a little bit of chocolate added to their life every now and then? We know we do! But what about those who want to take their love of chocolate a step further to help create it? Melt into the delectable world of chocolate with these five chocolate careers.

Chocolatier Or Chocolate Maker

If you are interested in chocolate company careers, consider becoming a chocolatier or chocolate maker. One of the most popular and widely-known chocolate careers is a chocolatier. A chocolatier is a crafter of chocolate. Much like any other specialized chef, a chocolatier chooses the best ingredients and finds a way to shape them into something new. It is a chocolatier’s job to develop the deliciously smooth recipes that everyone knows and loves.

While some chocolatiers are able to make their chocolate from bean to bar, not all chocolatiers are that involved in the process. It is not uncommon for chocolatiers to acquire ingredients for their recipes from chocolate makers. They then take the unaltered baking chocolate and combine it with unique ingredients to create a culinary masterpiece.

A chocolate maker is a person that processes the beans into the cocoa powder that is then used to make chocolate. Think of it like an omelette shop - the chef at the omelette shop is the one that crafted the meal and pleased the customer, but the dairy is the company that provided the eggs for the omelette. Higher quality eggs produce higher quality omelettes, but the other ingredients and the cooking process matter too. It is the same with chocolate. The chocolate maker is like the dairy in the analogy, producing the raw product while the chocolatier is the chef perfecting a culinary creation for a customer.

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Both jobs serve a purpose in the chocolate industry and are equally important when crafting quality chocolates. Some chocolate makers are also able to be chocolatiers producing both baking chocolate that supplies chocolatiers as well as their own products such as pralines or chocolate drops.

If you are interested in becoming a chocolatier or a chocolate marker, you will need to obtain training and experience in the industry. While there is no standard degree required, generally employment requires at least an associate’s degree in baking, pastry arts, or another confectionary-related field.


Chocolate Taster

A chocolate taster is involved in multiple steps in the production process of chocolate. A chocolate taster job is much more than just determining if the product tastes good. At a base level, being a chocolate tester is like being a quality assurance manager for the chocolate industry. Throughout the chocolate crafting process, the chocolate taster will sample the chocolate and provide detailed notes regarding the taste and aroma. The taster then makes suggestions about what the chocolate is lacking or has too much of.

In addition, tasters do not eat the chocolate. They taste only small samples. Throughout the day a taster may have up to 30 samples to evaluate. It would be overwhelming for your pallet and your stomach to eat that much chocolate that often. Instead, tasters take small bites and let the chocolate coat their mouth in order to absorb the full flavour. However, many don’t swallow the tasty treat. It is also common to have plain crackers and water on hand during the tasting process, to help clear the palate between samples. 

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There is no higher educational requirement to obtain employment as a chocolate taster. However, it can provide an advantage for those going into the field. Because a taster is working with the chocolatiers throughout the production process, it can be helpful to have a background in a related confectionery field. It can also help to have a background in chemistry, engineering, or food science.


Chocolate Shop Owner

If you are passionate about chocolate but you are better at the business side, consider becoming a chocolate shop owner. Opening a chocolate shop gives you the freedom to work with chocolate every day and provide unique offerings for your customers.

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Chocolate shops can offer anything from name-brand chocolate boxes to hand-dipped chocolate-covered strawberries. By opening your own shop, you get to decide what scrumptious confections to offer and how.

Chocolate shop owners can benefit from having a background in business and culinary arts. However, there are no degree requirements to open your own shop. In addition, touring chocolate factories and attending chocolate conventions can help chocolate shop owners learn exactly what types of chocolate are best for their brand vision!


Baker

Another great chocolate career is as a baker. Working in a bakery is not all about the bread; some bakeries are dedicated specifically to pastries or other confections. Working in a bakery as a pastry chef, cake decorator, or baker can allow you to work with chocolate daily.

Similar to being a chocolate shop owner, a baker will be immersed in the world of chocolate, as well as dessert in general. However, in contrast, bakers often need some kind of formal culinary training. Common products that bakers create using chocolate include chocolate cakes, cookies, muffins, cupcakes, and much more.


Chocolate Artists

Chocolate really does provide something for everyone, with jobs that reach into the visual art world as well as the culinary arts. Chocolate artists create visually pleasing designs from chocolate. The art forms can include anything from simple chocolate drop designs to life-size chocolate sculptures.

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Many famous chocolate sculptors are also chocolatiers or bakers, but it is not unheard of to create a career around chocolate sculpting. Options may include working for a local shop designing unique chocolate bars or other designs, working at a bakery crafting visual chocolate dessert designs, or teaching chocolate classes.

Technically, there is no higher education requirement for chocolate artists. However, obtaining something related to your field of interest can help. For example, if your goal is to work as a cake decorating artist, a degree in pastry arts may be ideal. However, if your goal is to work as a sculpting instructor, fine arts may be a better option.

Now that you know about the different kinds of chocolate company careers, you’re ready to dip your spoon in the world of chocolate!