We had the good fortune of connecting with Ginny Horstman and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ginny, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Well I have worked in other chef’s kitchens basically my whole life starting from when I was two and used to help my grandmother bake pies for the family restaurant so honestly being second in command was very natural to me. I worked for various chef’s throughout the years in restaurants, pastry kitchens & chocolate shops. I could take direction well and learned to adapt to the different personalities and I always thought I would just work for other people and raise my kiddos but then Covid hit and we were all at home. I just started making chocolates for friends and gifts and a friend of mine approached me to make a big order for her clients and after that it just all took off and I have been hanging on tight ever since! I guess you could say I was sitting in the ocean and a set wave just came and took me and I had no other choice but to ride it…. but it’s been pretty fun.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have always been fascinated with chocolate. I love the science behind it and the way you have to move it and make it flow so it hits different temperatures. If you work with it just right it sets and the light reflects on the finished chocolate and shines like a jewel….. so rewarding. When you are tempering chocolate it becomes a dance. As you fill and scrape each mold and cleanly tray them to set, you can get lost in the rhythm of the work and it’s a lovely place to be sometimes. I think when you love doing something it shows in the finished product.
I wanted to create something that I loved and was proud of and that inspired me. I wanted to create something where I could celebrate the things I love most, chocolate & surfing with my kids. It was out of this desire that so stoked chocolates was born. My mission is to create awesome chocolate and honor the ocean by using sustainable packaging and reducing single use plastic…. and to surf with my kids whenever I am not making chocolate 🙂
It has been an incredible challenge balancing family life and creating something of my own but celebrating each little milestone with my tiny humans makes it all the more worth it.
And they are always ready to lend a hand when it’s time to taste new flavors.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would wake them up at the crack of dawn and stuff them all into wetsuits and take them to the ocean immediately…. sounds fun already right! We would definitely have to do some surfing and beaching at some of our favorite spots maybe even venture up to Malibu for a longboard day. We would have to catch a breakfast down by the Hermosa Pier at Brothers Burritos and Paradise Bowls.
We love skating and biking the Strand and the Hermosa skate park.
Hiking in Palos Verdes is also so much fun and would be on the itenerary.
Lunch at Jus Poke is one of my favorite spots and the brussel sprouts at Hermosa Brewing are out of this world!!
A little shopping at ET surf is also a must for any visitor.
Another fun day is going for an outrigger paddle with our neighbors at the Lanikila Outrigger Club.
Also grabbing a picnic box from Cultured slice and catch a sunset at the Hermosa Pier is must do!!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Starting this business wouldn’t have been possible without all of the love and support from my little village here in Hermosa Beach. From all my neighbors who have become like family, my friends who have bought more chocolate than they will ever need, to the local business owners who reached out with guidance and support, this community has been so ready and open to support local small business and I am so very grateful to be here.

Website: Stokedchocolates.com

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