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Welcome to The Chocolate Spectrum. We are a family owned and operated artisan chocolate company. Our purpose is
to offer delicious chocolate confections while also helping individuals with autism. We accomplish this by donating $2 from each item sold to various autism charities. When you purchase a box of our wonderful chocolates, we will send a donation to one of several different charities that we have selected. Alternatively, you may provide the name and address of the autism charity that you wish your donation to be sent to in the Special Instructions section on the ordering page. We will honor your wish as long as the charity is a registered 501 (c) 3 organization and that their mission is to help individuals with autism. This is a wonderful option for those who wish to fundraise for their particular autism group. Just instruct the members of your group to insert the name of the charity in the Special Instructions section, and we will send $2 for each item sold to your organization. It's that simple. On behalf of our family and individuals with autism everywhere, thank you in advance for shopping at The Chocolate Spectrum!

The Chocolate Spectrum does offer several Gluten and/or Casein Free Options. Please feel free to check out our store. Note: The Chocolate Spectrum is NOT a nut-free or gluten-free environment and though certain products do not contain gluten and/or nuts, cross contamination is possible.
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Blake and Val were invited to Light It Up Blue 2014 with Autism Speaks. Here they are with Co-Founder, Suzanne Wright










  Click here to see the TV segment about the Adult Autism Crisis featuring Blake,  Valerie and The Chocolate Spectrum:
http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/region_n_palm_beach_county/palm_beach_gardens/palm-beach-gardens-mother-says-more-services-needed-for-adults-with-autism


   
        

EASTER!!
Please purchase our chocolates and help support autism. We donate $2 from each box to an autism charity (of your choice if you wish.)
http://www.shop.thechocolatespectrum.com/Easter-Assortment-050.htm http://www.shop.thechocolatespectrum.com/Easter-Truffles-051.htm
                      





Autism Awareness Month Special:
Autism Themed Boxes Now On Sale Through April 30

                           
                                         

http://www.shop.thechocolatespectrum.com/I-Love-Someone-with-Autism-Chocolate-Box-035.htm
http://www.shop.thechocolatespectrum.com/Our-Signature-Autism-Tribute-Box-002.htm
 










    





How about a Gift Certificate for someone special. You can email or have us snail mail a gift certificate for a box or multiple boxes of our chocolate.
 http://shop.thechocolatespectrum.com/Gift-Certificate-013.htm

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We have a Blog. Here is our latest post:

The Evolution of a Micro-Enterprise-Posted July 2, 2013

When I first conceived the idea of The Chocolate Spectrum, I really didn’t know exactly what that would entail in terms of Blake’s involvement. I knew he liked making chocolate-that’s it. First of all, I didn’t know what was involved for me let alone him. I mean a running a business, even a small one, requires many different tasks. But as the weeks and months have passed, and now that Blake is out of school, and The Chocolate Spectrum is going to be his main activity for his life, I realized that it can’t just be about making chocolate. I now understand that Blake needs, and is capable of getting into other areas of the business.

As I have previously posted, he is able to help with the packaging. He ties the ribbons on the boxes of candy. He has always been OCD when it comes to precision of tying the bows on his shoelaces, so I wasn’t worried about the ribbons on the boxes. He likes the bows to be the same size. So job #2 has been packaging.

This week, I introduced him to job #3: mailing packages. In this task, he is essential. First of all, I only have two hands, and a weak back. So, it goes without saying that I need a strong person to help carry all those boxes into the post office. That’s a no brainer. I guess I could get a little trolley, but who needs that when you have a strapping young fellow? So Blake gladly carried in all the boxes for me this week. What came next was a surprise. We brought the boxes up to the self-service kiosk for printing out shipping labels and purchasing the stamps. And then it came to me. It’s a touchscreen! Blake can do touchscreen. He has had a touchscreen device of one kind or another since he was eight years old. This is old school to him. So, one by one, I helped him to enter the information on the screen. It’s just a matter of following the prompts: Push “mailing package.” Touch “no” since we are not shipping anything hazardous. Enter the zipcode. After three packages, I didn’t even have to tell him each one to push. Great!! A new task and something he likes and can do with a little assistance.

There’s a moral to this story. One that is very important for everyone who has a child or works with a child who has special needs to know. All those tasks that we laboriously worked on for years with Blake in speech and occupational therapy and in school are finally starting to have more meaning for him. People ask, what is the point of these exercises and all the training? Well, I can tell them both from the point of being a speech therapist, and also as a mom of an adult with autism. Functional activities are where it is at with all of these people. Spend the time making sure your child is involved in tasks that will help him or her in their adult life as well as their childhood. Because I believe that every person can be purposeful. Every person.

Our First Week-Getting Those Father's Day Order Out
Posted June 12, 2013


And so it begins...Blake's first week of being a high school graduate. The timing couldn't have been more perfect as it was the week before Father's Day. This was to be our first major holiday. I did my due diligence and low and behold, The Chocolate Spectrum got a nice amount of orders for our Father's Day Assortment. Most (not all) of the orders came from people who had some sort of connection to autism: parents, grandparents, etc. And they all sent me a lovely note with the order. So sweet and so rewarding for me. But I digress...on to Blake and the chocolate.

 

It took us 3 days of solid chocolate production to make the products. And then, on day four, which was yesterday, we did the shipping. Day one was fun for Blake. It involved making the fillings for the chocolate. I let Blake help even though it involved cooking over the stove. This was a new experience for him. I made him wear oven mitts on his hands, which was hard for him to get used to. He put them on, but was a little uncertain if he liked them. Eventually, he got used to him. My husband was a bit worried that I allowed Blake to cook on the stove top, but I stood there the whole time, and we use induction heating, which is a lot safer. 

 

Day two and three involved the actual production of the confections. This is where Blake excels as he has to fill the truffle and chocolate molds. Day two was his favorite day. He was busy for about 3 sold hours! I noticed that Blake does his best work when there isn't any lag time. Since we are just starting out, I don't have enough equipment to always keep production going steadily, but today, it just flowed. This works out best for him. On Day three, there was some lag time, and he wasn't as focused. (My birthday is coming up, and I've asked for more chocolate molds from my family, so hopefully for the next large production run, we can keep Blake more steadily occupied.)

 

Day four, as I previously mentioned, was shipping day. I honestly couldn't have accomplished this task without Blake. It really requires at least two pairs of hands. This involved a new set of tasks for Blake, so I was wary, but he really enjoyed himself. I laid out all the items in advance, and we moved forward assembly line style. This kept the flow going and the wrapping and packaging went quickly. I guess all that time spent in occupational therapy learning to tie bows has paid off, as Blake helped tie all the ribbons on the packages. Blake was a real trooper. I was thrilled. I even took him with me to the shippers, so he could help carry the boxes and that he could see that we were sending away the merchandise. 

 

 

So, I'm pooped, but happy. At least I know Blake has one activity to keep him busy in his life. He absolutely showed that he can do the work. I am sure he will get better as time progresses, and he will see that he is an integral part of The Chocolate Spectrum. 

 

The icing on the cake is that I had an opportunity to spend a lot of time with Blake this week. The bonding experience makes up for my sore back. But onward. This was a great week!

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                                                                       Micro-Enterprise and Autism:
The Chocolate Spectrum is considered to be a Micro-Enterprise as we are presently composed of 5 or less employees.The Micro-Enterprise model may be a good option for many adults with developmental disabilities who are unable to secure employment in other ways or if they have a passion for accomplishing something specific in their lives. Blake Herskowitz, is a 22 year old man with autism. He graduated high school in May 2013. At that time, there were no options for job or adult day program in the area that he lives that would be a good fit. The Chocolate Spectrum concept came from the idea of combining Blake's culinary interest and his mother's passion for chocolate. Our goal is to grow and be a company that offers employment opportunities to others on the autism spectrum.
 
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