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Chocolate for Beginners: Techniques and Recipes for Making Chocolate Candy, Confections, Cakes and More - signed by the author

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Perfect for the beginning chocolatier, learn how to whip up hand-crafted confections with ease, patience, and humor--all in the comfort of your home kitchen. You'll be proud to say, "I made this."

"I like to think of Kate Shaffer as Dr. Chocolate since she is able to troubleshoot any chocolate problem you could possibly encounter. In Chocolate for Beginners, she offers up an enticing collection of chocolate treats—from truffles to toffee, cakes to candy, pies to tarts. This is a book you’ll want to keep in the kitchen to refer to, and cook from, over and over again."—Kathy Gunst, James Beard Award-winning Resident Chef for NPR’s Here and Now and author of Rage Baking—The Transformative Power of Flour, Fury and Women’s Voices

"Kate Shaffer is a thoughtful chef and skilled writer. In Chocolate for Beginners she combines those strengths to guide readers joyfully through the process of making professional quality chocolate confections at home. From home cook to professional chef, this book is for anyone who wants to better understand and appreciate chocolate in its many forms."—Dinah Grossman, Chef and Owner of Spinning J Bakery & Soda Fountain in Chicago

"Kate navigates the complexities of chocolate through a simplified and accessible lens that instantly inspires you to throw on an apron and dive into handcrafting your own confections. The guidance offered by this book of techniques and recipes illuminates an enjoyable and educational approach that is digestible to everyone. It provides a type of knowledge exchange that deeply aligns with our core values."—Arnaud Monmarche, CEO BtoB, República del Cacao

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Farm-Fresh Ingredients

We make all our confections with the finest, freshest ingredients from family-owned farms and local gardens right here in Maine and nearby New England states. And we love using exotic ingredients from the tiny, far-off corners of the world, scouring from small, family farms so our dollars directly benefit other local communities as often and as much as possible.


A team effort

We use single-origin chocolates from producers in Latin America who treat the growers, harvesters, and flora and fauna on their lands with respect. Not only do they produce some of the best chocolate in the world, they create alliances with local producers, promote the preservation of innovative techniques, and develop sustainable production practices to last for years to come.

From our kitchen to yours

Kate Shaffer, artistic director and founder of Ragged Coast Chocolates, started making exquisite confections in her tiny, home kitchen on Isle Au Haut, Maine eight years ago. From truffles and caramels to cookbooks and baking mixes, Kate and her husband Steve have grown the company far beyond its modest start into an award-winning and nationally-recognized purveyor of the finest chocolates in the world.




These are by far the best chocolates I have ever eaten. I also ordered two boxes for a friend and she agrees that they are the best.

Kathie D.


Amazing chocolates that always delight the people I want to delight the most!

Alison H.


Excellent service and chocolates. Really can’t go wrong with anything they sell.

David M.

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