If you follow Kin+Pod’s social media closely, you may have noticed that I reference children’s novels and series often. I’m sure that you wouldn’t expect anything more form a millennial-run chocolate company/ grown-up’s version of a lemonade stand. Which is okay, the company will continue being run in it’s quirky fashion.
I have dreamed of owning a chocolate company ever since I was a child, and so it makes sense that I try to infuse it with a child-like sensibility. The entire process always brings me back to Frodo, Harry, or Charlie ( Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). The idea of fighting through dark forests of rejection, or overwhelmed by the infectious poison of the price haters, distracted by all of the easy ways out. Trying to accomplish a seemingly impossible goal, with the intention of bringing awareness to social responsibility and ethical trading practises. Chocolate makers walk the line between enthusiasm for a wonderous journey and a scientific approach for the creations.
As we all grow up and grow older, we tend to move further away from our inner child, overwhelmed with the responsibilities and burdens that life often hands us. I’ve always believed that chocolate is a treasured break from our day, and a teleportation back to the creative, the imagination, the child. Although at Kin+Pod I craft sophisticated chocolate bars, I see it as a sort of bridge between the adult and nostalgia.
I’ve always idolized the authors of these books and their ability to bring light in the darkest of times. I think we all need a reminder that we can always take pause, there’s always time for a good laugh, we can always call a friend, or just eat a bit of chocolate.