January is ended, as are many aspirations people began the year with — as demonstrated through their new year’s resolutions — dashed by their own stopdoingitiveness. However, there are folks, some part of the greater choco-community, who have persevered with their dreams into February.
So, if by chance you have saved money by quitting the gym or the weight loss program or the book or wine or cheese or whatever club you signed up for while in post-holiday self-help mode, there is still time and an easy way to make yourself feel better. Consider supporting folks looking for some financial support for their projects in chocolateland.
For example, you can help buy a new cocoa grinding machine for the Saqui Family and Maya Center Village to help produce a unique, Belizean chocolate that also — and, no, we’re not exactly sure we understand how — aids a jaguar preserve and cacao farm in the Central American country.
Also thought provoking, but in a very different way, is the request for funding of the promulgation of Naples, Fla., Judy Cakes’ fluffy chocolate covered beermallows (recipe and samples available for a $50 pledge), a combination of beer, chocolate and marshmallow that we bet you weren’t expecting to read about here either.
Although not strictly chocolate related, it is chocolate-relevant (and sad) that a proposed film will bring to light chocolate used for evil. Chocolate Boxes is Leeds’s Sean McMahon’s proposed student film telling a coming of age tale set in 1937 Yorkshire and taking its name from the explosive devices, strewn by Spanish Fascists where Spanish Republican children could find them.
Finally, while we are always admittedly a bit ambivalent about promoting competition, there is another reachout from fledlging chocolate makers, Cocoa Loco, trying to grow some wings in Stamford, Connecticut, who as part of their fund raising pitch promise a random distribution of a chocolate-covered Oreo or marshamallow in exchange for a pledge of $2.
Of course, if you happen to be coming to this post post-deadline for any of these funding campaigns, we encourage you to visit crowdfunding sources Kickstarter, GoFundMe, ChipIn, DonorsChoose, IndieGoGo, Quirky, Etsy and RocketHub  to check out artists, entrepreneurs, dreamers, and (alas, yes, possibly) the overly self-indulgent and scam artists as well, who are trying throughout the year to live out their chocolate dreams … and maybe yours as well.