If the world was made of chocolate...

by Ori Hellerstein in Stroud, Gloucestershire, England

To grow our young and vibrant chocolate company, including investment in larger premises, equipment and product development.

by Ori Hellerstein in Stroud, Gloucestershire, England

We did it
On 30th September 2018 we successfully raised £6,453 with 86 supporters in 47 days

WE LOVE CHOCOLATE! It's that simple and, for us, owning a chocolate company is like being 'a kid in a sweet shop', except we own the sweet shop! And so, we want to grow our young and vibrant chocolate company into something much larger to share our chocolates with all the other chocolate lovers out there. Naturally, we believe ours are better than anyone else's, that’s because we choose to make fine and luxury chocolate truffles, using the best ethically sourced ingredients. The quality is exquisite, just like the ones Ori, our owner and Pastry Chef, used to serve while working in high-end London restaurants. But we don't believe you should have to go to a Michelin star restaurant to experience truffles this good (or eat the five courses that come first!). Everyone should have the chance of a fine-dining petit four experience at home. And so, we created Costello + Hellerstein. 

£40,000 would make our confectionery dream turn into reality.  

1. Premises: We’d be able to move to a larger kitchen unit allowing us to have an enhanced production line producing greater quantities. Increasing the size of our premises also means we would have more storage so that we can order our carefully selected ingredients in bulk, to help us reduce costs enabling us to further invest in new product development.

2. Product development: We have lots of ideas for future creations from Costello + Hellerstein, from new chocolate products to working directly with the chocolate producers in Indonesia and Africa. We need the space and resource to work on these.

3. Spreading the Word: We've been invited to work with the Portas Agency, a UK leading branding agency owned by Mary Portas, which is about to start working with small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). It's the first time they have done this and we plan to use some of the crowdfunding to invest in this work. 

Demand for our chocolates is growing.  We are now stocked in twenty outlets around the UK and have direct orders through our website and NotOnTheHighStreet.  This shows just how much people love our products – but we want to be able to reach more people and grow the business into a large and globally recognised chocolate brand. 

We are excited about the future for Costello + Hellerstein and believe the possibilities for our brand are endless! We'd love your support, as little or as much as you can, and in return we have some great thank you gifts to share with you. Please take a look at our pledges.

Our supporters

"Costello + Hellerstein salted caramel truffles are the benchmark, gold standard, the tippest of tip-top, the portal to higher truffle awareness. In short, they are yummy." 

Matthew Fort, Food Critic and Great British Menu Judge.

"I became familiar with Costello & Hellerstein products soon after I moved to the Cotswolds several years ago, but it was only recently that I had the pleasure of meeting Ori in person. His passion and dedication is an inspiration to anyone who works in the food industry, but above all it shows in every box of chocolates that he produces. I look forward to seeing Costello & Hellerstein go from strength to strength.”

Andrew Kojima, Executive Chef Patron of Koj Cheltenham and MasterChef Finalist 2012.

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Hall of Fame

Be part of the journey and help make our dream come true. Your name will be listed on our Hall of Fame page on www.costelloandhellerstein.com forever!

£10 or more

Single Flavour Chocolate Truffle Box

Collect a single flavoured box of chocolate truffles, four flavours to choose from: sea salt caramel, dark chocolate orange, raspberry & coconut and hazelnut praline. To be collected from Costello + Hellerstein’s stall at Stroud Farmers' Market which runs every Saturday.

£15 or more

Signed Recipe Book by Ori Hellerstein

Collect a signed copy of 'The Artisan Baker' recipe book written by Ori Hellerstein. Mouth watering recipes accompanied by stunning photography. To be collected from Costello + Hellerstein’s stall at Stroud Farmers' Market which runs every Saturday.

£15 or more

Small Box of Truffles Delivered To Your Door

Single flavour box of chocolate truffles. Four flavours to choose from: sea salt caramel, dark chocolate orange, raspberry & coconut and Hazelnut praline.

£16 or more

Large Box of Mixed Chololate Truffles

Collect a mixed flavours box of chocolate truffles including sea salt caramel, dark chocolate orange, raspberry & coconut and hazelnut praline. To be collected from Costello + Hellerstein’s stall at Stroud Farmers' Market which runs every Saturday.

£20 or more

£20 Gift Voucher

Receive a £20 gift voucher to be used at Costello + Hellerstein's chocolate stall at Stroud Farmers' Market. The market runs every Saturday throughout the year.

£20 or more

Large Box of Truffles Delivered To Your Door

A mixed flavour box of chocolate truffles including sea salt caramel, dark chocolate orange, raspberry & coconut and Hazelnut praline.

£25 or more

Signed Book plus Large Box of Mixed Truffles

Collect a signed copy of 'The Artisan Baker' recipe book written by Ori Hellerstein. Mouth watering recipes accompanied by stunning photography. To be collected from Costello + Hellerstein’s stall at Stroud Farmers' Market which runs every Saturday.

£25 or more

Signed Recipe Book Delivered To Your Door

A signed copy of 'The Artisan Baker' recipe book written by Ori Hellerstein. Mouth watering recipes accompanied by stunning photography. Delivered to a UK postal address.

£30 or more

£20 Gift Voucher plus a Signed Book

Receive a £20 gift voucher to be used at Costello + Hellerstein's chocolate stall at Stroud Farmers' Market, plus a signed copy of 'The Artisan Baker' recipe book written by Ori Hellerstein. Mouth watering recipes accompanied by stunning photography. To be collected from Costello + Hellerstein’s stall at Stroud Farmers' Market which runs every Saturday.

£30 or more

4 of 15 claimed

Limited Edition Costello +Hellerstein Polo Shirt

Limited edition polo shirt in white with gold C+H logo delivered to any UK postal address.

£40 or more

Signed Book Plus Large Box Of Mix Truffles

To be delivered to your door: A signed copy of ‘The Artisan Baker’ recipe book written by Ori Hellerstein. Mouth watering recipes accompanied by stunning photography. Plus a box of Costello + Hellerstein mix selection chocolate truffles.

£50 or more

£40 Gift Voucher plus a Signed Book

Receive a £40 gift voucher to be used at Costello + Hellerstein's chocolate stall plus a signed copy of 'The Artisan Baker' recipe book written by Ori Hellerstein. Mouth watering recipes accompanied by stunning photography. To be collected from Costello + Hellerstein’s stall at Stroud Farmers' Market which runs every Saturday.

£100 or more

Ultimate Christmas Selection

Includes: 4 gift boxes of chocolate fudge: Jamaican rum, vanilla bourbon, English rose and stem ginger. 4 single flavour gift boxes of chocolates: sea salt caramel, dark chocolate orange, raspberry & coconut and hazelnut praline. Plus a signed copy of ‘The Artisan Baker’ recipe book written by Ori Hellerstein. To be collected from Costello + Hellerstein’s stall at Stroud Farmers' Market which runs every Saturday.

£110 or more

Ultimate Christmas Selection - Delivered

Includes: 4 gift boxes of chocolate fudge: Jamaican rum, vanilla bourbon, English rose and stem ginger. 4 single flavour gift boxes of chocolates: sea salt caramel, dark chocolate orange, raspberry & coconut and hazelnut praline. Plus a signed copy of ‘The Artisan Baker’ recipe book written by Ori Hellerstein. Delivered to any UK postcode.

£200 or more

4 of 10 claimed

One Day Chocolate Making Experience

Spend a six hour day with Ori Hellerstein making chocolate truffles in the Stroud based professional kitchen. The day includes a light lunch, a signed copy of ‘The Artisan Baker’ recipe book written by Ori and a gift box of mix chocolates truffles to take home. A money can't buy experience!

£400 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Two Day Bread Baking Experience

Spend two days baking bread in our Stroud based professional kitchen with Ori Hellerstein. This is a chance to experience a real working kitchen, preparing produce to sell at Stroud Farmers' Market. At the end of the two days you will receive a signed copy of ‘The Artisan Baker’, written by Ori, a gift box of mix chocolate truffles, and a selection of bread to take home. A money can't buy experience!

£500 or more

Private Masterclass for 4 People

Experience a baking or chocolate masterclass in the beautiful Cotswolds with Ori Hellerstein. Using skills learnt whist studying at Le Cordon Bleu, Ori will host the class and train your taste-buds. The class is for up to four people and will include a light lunch with wine. A money can't buy experience!

£1,000 or more

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Private Masterclass for 6 People

Experience a baking or chocolate masterclass in the beautiful Cotswolds with Ori Hellerstein. Using skills learnt whist studying at Le Cordon Bleu, Ori will host the class and train your taste-buds. The class is for up to six people and will include a light lunch with wine. Everyone will leave with a signed copy of ‘The Artisan Baker’ recipe book and a box of Costello + Hellerstein chocolate truffles. A money can't buy experience!

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