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Chocolate Chickens Sell Like Hotcakes
Andrea Martin sells “free-range chocolate chickens” on her website, primarily to draw attention to her consulting business and the novels she writes. Martin advises poultry beginners on how to get started raising backyard chickens.
  Martin also runs a chicken rescue for unwanted birds. She notes that too often people start keeping chickens without knowing much about them.
  “I once had a call from a rooster owner who wondered when their rooster would start laying eggs,” laughs Martin.
  Peoples’ problems with roosters encouraged Martin to develop a section on her website specifically for “Raising Roosters.”
  One problem, she notes, with her Free Range Chocolates is an inability to ship during the summer. However, the rest of the year she makes custom batches of chocolate birds in white, dark and milk chocolate. Nuts, dried fruit, cereal crisps or unsweetened coconut can be added. Candies come in different forms, including roosters, nesting hens and chicken poo. They sell for $3 apiece.
  “I would encourage others to consider making and selling chocolates in animal or plant forms that reflect your interests or products you are selling,” says Martin. “There are so many chocolate molds out there, from vegetables to bugs and more. Mine are popular at functions and would be great at farmers’ markets and such.”
  Martin gets custom molds at Anna Clark Cookie Cutters (www.annclarkcookiecutters.com).
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Andrea Martin (ph 978 303-7577; www.howtodothings101.com).

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2015 - Volume #39, Issue #5