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Fascia’s Chocolates Hosts Chocolate Boot Camp®

Wednesday, February 10, 2016  
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Waterbury, CT – February 10, 2016 – Chocolatiers from fourteen states will be in Waterbury, Connecticut February 22 through 25 to experience the best boot camp there is – Chocolate Boot Camp®. Although 2016 will be the ninth year for Chocolate Boot Camp, it is the first time the course has been offered on the East Coast. The sold-out course comprises of twenty-seven newcomers and veterans of the confectionery industry. Students will take part in a comprehensive, four-day educational course hosted at Fascia’s Chocolates in Waterbury and offered by Retail Confectioners International (RCI), a trade association serving the chocolate and confectionery industry since 1917.

 RCI offers Chocolate Boot Camp on a regular rotation with its other educational offerings. Taught by five confectionery and chocolate experts who have more than 150 years combined industry experience, the course has been in high demand. Students learn a variety of skills important for working with chocolate, such as how to select chocolate for different applications, depositing techniques and critical sensory evaluation.

Carmen Romeo of Fascia’s Chocolates, a long-time member of RCI, will host the course at the family’s facility in Waterbury, Connecticut. "I’ve attended RCI courses myself and know the layout of our new factory and retail store will enhance the learning experience. The space is unique to our industry in that we designed it to host tours and private events directly adjacent to the manufacturing floor," says Romeo.

RCI Executive Director Angie Burlison is enthusiastic about providing the course for candy makers on the East Coast. "As an association, we are committed to providing the industry with valuable education opportunities. The success of past Chocolate Boot Camp courses is an indication of the quality of materials and content that will be provided during the course,” says Burlison. “Fascia’s Chocolates makes for an ideal learning environment, accommodating for both the hands-on labs and lecture components needed to give students the most out of their experience.”

Hands-on lab sessions will be held each afternoon; media is welcome to visit the Fascia’s Chocolates for interviews and taping. Retail Confectioners International provides educational opportunities across the country for confectionery retailers.

For information about upcoming courses and events, visit retailconfectioners.org.

Media Contact: 

Lacey Hesse, Marketing Manager



Retail Confectioners International (RCI) is a not-for-profit trade association serving the confectionery industry.  Based in Springfield, MO, RCI has represented the interests of confectionery manufacturing retailers and promoted public interest in these products for more than 90 years. RCI provides a forum for confectioners to network, share ideas and develop their candy-making and entrepreneurial skills. For more information, please visit www.retailconfectioners.org