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27 Chocolatiers Graduate from RCI’s Chocolate Boot Camp

Friday, March 2, 2018  
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Waterbury, CT – March 2, 2018 – Twenty-seven chocolatiers participated in Retail Confectioners International’s Chocolate Boot Camp® held February 18 through 21 at Fascia’s Chocolates in Waterbury, Connecticut. Students in the course varied in age and experience, yet each of them graduated with a better understanding of working with chocolate.

“RCI chocolate boot camp is a great place to learn fundamentals of working with chocolate,” said Instructor Adam Lechter, senior regional account manager at Clasen Quality Chocolate, Inc. “It is always a pleasure to see the students be able to learn real solutions they can use.”

The four-day course incorporated both lecture and hands-on lab sessions, so that students could apply what they were learning. For example, they learned about the science of tempering chocolate in the lecture portion and then were able to see and be involved in the process through the lab sessions. Many students came in with a basic understanding of tempering and walked away with a comprehensive knowledge of not only what tempering is, but also the different methods to temper chocolate and how that affects the end product. 

“Meeting and networking with people in such a wide range of business types from start-up to multi-generational emphasized the fact that this [course] is for everyone, there is always something to learn,” said Amy Lear of Man in the Moon Candies. “I recommend this course to anyone who wants to take their knowledge and their business to the next level.”

Retail Confectioners International provides educational opportunities across the country for confectionery retailers. For information about upcoming courses and events, visit


Lacey Hesse, Marketing Manager
417-883-2775 or 800-545-5381


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 over 100 years. RCI provides a forum for confectioners to network, share ideas and develop their candy-making and entrepreneurial skills. For more information, please visit