Trading a Wall Street career for an artisan chocolate company might seem like a risky trade but Evan Gappelberg has a knack for spotting trends. As a stockbroker in the 1990’s he saw the potential of an upstart video gaming company called Take Two Interactive Software and was instrumental in taking it public. Take Two turned into a “home run” stock, going from a capitalization of around $20million that has ballooned to over $1.8billion. Today Gappelberg thinks he’s spotted a good trend again and finds himself at the helm of an artisan chocolate company in the Hamptons. “Chocolate has been reinvented as an upscale, even jewel-like gift, chocolate is the new wine,” declares Gappelberg. Indeed, it would seem he’s onto something given that Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, with a net worth of $20 billion and whose family was the great Bordeaux winemakers of Mouton and Lafite vineyards, has chosen a chocolate factory as his latest venture. “The Hampton Chocolate Factory was born out of the idea that the Hamptons needed an artisanal chocolate brand to get behind, something local, something delicious, something exclusive, something that could be indulgent and cool, just like the Hamptons. The brand is not just about chocolates, “We live in the Hamptons with our three kids, love the lifestyle, and want to see the land and lifestyle preserved for future generations” says Gappelberg, “our way of ensuring that is to donate a portion of sales to The Peconic Land Trust, which means when your enjoying one of our delicious chocolates your also contributing to land conservation in the Hamptons, now how is sweet is that!
Gappelberg has the perfect partner with his wife, Caroline, an FIT graduate with a focus on marketing and design to present the world with an exotic collection of designer chocolates delivered in posh stylized packaging. ”I am thrilled to be living in the Hamptons while building a Hamptons brand and collaborating my designs with the world’s best chocolatiers,” Caroline proclaims.
The Hampton Chocolate Factory collaborates with the best chocolatiers in the world, including the former pastry chef from Daniel Boulud and other talented French chocolatiers that bring their unique creations to the Hamptons under the Hampton Chocolate Factory brand. Their all-natural, preservative free, kosher chocolates have gone up against the very best chocolatiers and have been ranked #1 in taste tests. “We selected only the best of the best and tried to create a unique line of chocolates that represents the Hamptons unique lifestyle,” says Gappelberg. “Our signature chocolates, the Exotic Bonbon collection, are infused with exotic fresh flavors like: Dark Hawaiian chocolate ganache with a hint of black lava salt, Coconut ganache and lemongrass with dark Jamaican rum, Creamy matcha green tea from Kyoto in white chocolate, Creamy passion fruit infused with vanilla, Raspberry pate de fruit infused with bourbon vanilla, Colombian coffee ganache with green cardamom infusion and many more. Our line of artisanal chocolate bars have savory flavor pairings, such as the Peanut Butter & Jelly Bar, which is a masterpiece of creamy peanut praline layered with a sophisticated raspberry fruit puree and then enrobed in slow melting 72% Dark Chocolate and sprinkled with organic raspberry powder.
They are currently offering their luxury line of chocolates and other amuse-bouches on the web at: http://www.hamptonchocolatefactory.com [HamptonChocolateFactory __title__ HamptonChocolateFactory] and in select Hampton storefronts; Hampton House in Westhampton Beach, Sonny's in East Quogue, Raphael Vineyard in Peconic, Lenz Vineyard, Duckwalk Vineyard in Southold & Watermill, Clovis Vineyard in Jamesport, Parrish Art Museum in Bridgehampton, Loaves & Fishes in Sagaponack, The Red Horse Market in East Hampton with more retail locations coming soon. “So far the feedback has been nothing short of phenomenal,” says Gappelberg. If all the stars line up properly, they plan on opening a Hampton Chocolate Factory branded retail storefront in one of the storied Hampton towns in the next 12 months. “The expansion opportunities for this brand is only limited by our imagination, which is why we are looking forward to an exciting and sweet 2014”, concludes Gappelberg.
Visit us online at: www.HamptonChocolateFactory.com