A lot! Oops! Sorry, that probably wasn't very helpful. I don't do much in the way of chocolate either, but I know I wouldn't do that cheap. I would say at least $2 or $3 per serving maybe more depending on the cost of ingredients and size of your serving cups.
I agree with charging $2 to $3/each. Those look like chocolate molded cups with mousse in them, so it's not cheap to make (ingredients or time-wise). Whenever you're dealing with hors d'oeuvres like that, the cost goes up because of the individual attention for each item.
Depending on how many she's wanting, it be easier for you to buy the cups. You can just do a search for chocolate cups and find several, be sure to check around..I found some for like $3.00 a box.
I agree with buying the cups premade, it will save you alot of time and headache. I have seen them in stores (SuperTarget) and they even have different shapes in the boxes, which will add more designs to your table.
I agree with buying the cups premade. If you have a cake/candy supply store near you, they may have them. Save yourself alot of headache. I'd go with at least $2 a serving.
So dessert bars like this are often priced by the person, like you figure each person will have 3-4 pieces or whatever and it's $15.95 per person or more with or without a chocolate fountain. This is extra fancy work and it should not be low balled.
This is not Lord have mercy pricing--this is kaching kaching kaching pricing.
I don't care how many people in her family are laid off. I don't care how it is in your area. If nobody will pay that in your area then don't sell it. If she wants individually made chocolates for a dessert bar then it's up to you to get the right price.
The right price would be high.
This ain't the time to timidly say, "Oh dear oh dear did I ask too much??"
Not that you did say that--I've just heard it so many times I wanted to be sure we were on the same page.
When pricing chocolate the rule of thumb is to multiply the cost of ingredients by 4. Multiplying by 3 will cover your cost of ingredients and the last part is your personal work effort.