Blabbermouth Chocolates was founded in October, 2013, in the home of co-founders Gary and Darlene Kramer. The business was built on the premise that customers would enjoy a chocolate bar that combines the decadence of chocolate with the deep flavor of premium coffee. In less than six months, Blabbermouth Chocolates went from a home kitchen to its current brick and mortar location in the heart of Lincoln, CA.
Today, Blabbermouth Chocolates produces seven different coffee bar flavors and is available for purchase in several area throughout the US.
Chocolate combined with Coffee, the perfect taste and balance of flavors!
Lincoln residents Darlene and Gary Kramer, owners of Blabbermouth Chocolates, have found a way to combine coﬀee and chocolate into a candy bar with a kick. The couple opened their downtown Lincoln shop, located at 448 Lincoln Blvd., May 1st, 2015.
“Originally we started out of our home,” Darlene Kramer said. “We started the business almost three years ago and it was wholesale only.” Darlene said the couple had to ﬁnd a brick-and-mortar location because “we couldn’t do e-Commerce under a cottage business license through the county.”
“Coﬀee shops were our ﬁrst customers,” Darlene said, adding that Insight Coﬀee shop was their ﬁrst exposure. “We gained some notoriety through Sacramento Magazine and local television.” Gary Kramer said the couple operated out of a space on Flocchini Circle for two years but lost their lease. He added that the business has been built one phone call at a time.
Gary Kramer said after attending their ﬁrst chocolate festival they were advised to stock their chocolate bars in truck stops. The 49er Truck Stop in Sacramento was the ﬁrst to stock their candy bars with an initial order of 12 dozen.
“Now we are in truck stops in Portland, Oregon, Wyoming, Utah and, one of the biggest, the Iowa-80,” Gary Kramer said. “We’re actually keeping truckers awake at night with the caﬀeine in our chocolate bars.”
Making chocolate bars may not seem a likely venture for the Kramers; Darlene’s background is in accounting and Gary’s is in title and escrow sales.
“I came home one day and told Gary ‘I want to be a chocolatier,’” Darlene Kramer said. “I took a course and became a professional chocolatier. I’ve since taken additional courses in Canada and Chicago.”
Darlene Kramer said she uses Belgian chocolate and sources great roasters. “We don’t cut corners and we want premium roast,” Darlene Kramer said. “We use seven coﬀes, Columbian, Costa Rican, Espresso, French Roast, Mexican, Mocha Java & a 2x French Roast (Double Caffeinated).” The Kramers estimate their “Willy Wonka” machine pours 1,000-1,200 chocolate bars per week. “It’s just Gary and myself (and 2 part timers); it’s our passion,” Darlene Kramer said. “Who doesn’t want to work with chocolate? We hand-wrap every bar and caramel and we are here 4 days per week.” Gary Kramer said their customers are deﬁnitely aware of the coﬀee in the chocolate bars. “The caﬀeine provides a nice, comfortable increase in energy,” Gary Kramer said. The Kramers came up with the business name after Gary mentioned the business idea to his brother and Darlene called him a "Blabbermouth".