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.
"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.