For more than 25 years Mary Rountree has been making chocolate. Who knew making chocolate pizza for family and friends would turn into an amazing food business. Mary is a self-taught chocolatier who specializes in toffee and Rocky Road Clusters. Suffering a heart attack at age 37, Mary started “That’s Good Chocolate” (TGC) in 2014. Looking for a way to avoid stress, Mary tried her hand at making cakes, which offered more stress than she wanted. It was not until Mary’s children suggested she start making her signature chocolates that she found her calling. Contact Mary Rountree and That’s Good Chocolate by visiting her kiosk at the Morgan Street Food Hall and at Sweet Tea and Cornbread at the Cameron Villiage and Crabtree Valley Mall locations in Raleigh, NC.
- Food entrepreneurship opportunities can occur at any time in life.
- Inspired and encouraged by her children to “do something with her chocolate.”
- Ms. Rountree found making cakes a bit too stressful so she decided on a product that was fun and did not have to be sold immediately.
- Listen as Mary shares how she had to start from scratch learning about the wonderful world of business and making chocolate.
- Sharing the importance of asking a lot of questions when you don’t know much about your food business.
- Mary shares with us her definition of good chocolate.
- Mary does a lot of research to locate the best chocolate for her candies.
- One of the ways Mary gets the word out about her candy is by being a vendor at a number of festivals and shows.
- Mary suggests new entrepreneurs learn their craft well.
- Check out the big players in the field.
- Ask for help when you need it.
- Read, read, read and learn as much as you can about your craft.
- The more you know the more prepared you will be to start your business.
- Mary did not have a mentor but learned by trial and error.
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