Help! Tuxedo Strawberries How To Price

Business By cakesondemand Updated 14 May 2008 , 12:30pm by HerBoudoir

cakesondemand Posted 12 May 2008 , 11:06pm
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I have to give a quote for tuxedo strawberries anyone have an idea for pricing them, do you price per each or by the dozen. I don't know #'s yet.

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SweetArt Posted 13 May 2008 , 12:31am
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I'm in the mid-west (which is known for being less expensive), and I charge $2.

cakesondemand Posted 13 May 2008 , 2:43am
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Thanks I was looking on line and the prices I found were $45 per doz but I didn't think that was unreasonable the bride wants 200 of them. Do you just melt your chocolate in the microwave,double boiler or tempered pot. Can you make them the day before. I'm not even sure if I can get strawberries in Oct.

Mac Posted 13 May 2008 , 2:47am
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Mine are priced at $24.95 a dozen.

FromScratch Posted 13 May 2008 , 2:56am
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For regular old chocolate dipped strawberries I charge $2.50 each when the berries are in season. I don't offer them when they aren't in season because the quality of the berries is horrid and they are much more expensive. For a tuxedo berry I'd charge $4 each.. they are a lot of work. Right now I would charge more ($5-6 each) since you have to buy more berries to get enough quality berries and they are still expensive. The Godiva stores charge $4 per berry for a normal dipped berry.

I dip mine in a stiff ganache.. 3 parts chocolate to one part cream. It really makes for a nice dipped berry because the chocolate isn't crunchy and you don't lose chunks of chocolate when you bite into it.

cakesondemand Posted 13 May 2008 , 2:57am
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So about $2 ea seems to be the going price. Thanks

FromScratch Posted 13 May 2008 , 12:23pm
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Not for the tuxedo ones.. icon_wink.gif Do it for $2 each and you'll be cursing yourself 1/2 way through. Double dipping and chocolate accents gets REALLY tedious. If you can get good berries.. I'd charge at least $3.50 each. If you can't get good berries and you will have to buy a ton of extras just to get 200 quality berries.. I'd charge more.

The most important thing you can do before you quote her is to go to the store and see how much it will cost you to make these berries.. you want to make a nice profit.. not just break even. If you have to buy a ton-o-berries.. $2 each may just break you even or worse.. not be enough. (just my two cents anyway)

HerBoudoir Posted 13 May 2008 , 12:28pm
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The other thing is that ESPECIALLY off season, you have a very short shelf life of the berries - which means you pretty much have to stay up all night the night before making them.

cakesondemand Posted 14 May 2008 , 12:51am
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Just talked with someone in my area that has done them and my original price of $45 per doz is the going rate where I am located. Thanks for all the help, $45 per dozen is the quote I sent.

FromScratch Posted 14 May 2008 , 12:23pm
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That sounds much better.. icon_smile.gif Good luck with the order.. and making them.. 200.. that's (almost) 17 dozen.. PHEW I'm tired just thinking about it!! icon_biggrin.gif

HerBoudoir Posted 14 May 2008 , 12:30pm
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One summer I worked at a restaurant that gave out chocolate dipped strawberries with the check - we'd have to make 200-300 a shift of just the plain dipped berries. Fortunately I learned how to blow through making that many VERY quickly!

You can move through them pretty quickly if you get up a rhythm and make sure you mise en place well.

But still...I'd like to have that kind of budget for a wedding where those would be affordable to me!

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