When Drexel senior Michelle Silberman joked about venturing into the lucrative field of the specialty dessert business with her best friend when she was in the 7th grade, she would have never imagined that this dream would become a reality before even graduating college. But that’s exactly what has happened thanks largely in part to sheer determination and unstoppable drive for this unlikely college entrepreneur.
“I wanted to combine America’s favorite treat of cookies and milk, and turn this love affair by creating gourmet cups for people to indulge in,” says the almost 23-year old class act, having concocted several flavors and assortments to sink your teeth into, from the traditional to the downright dazzling. Each new recipe thought up is meticulously thought-out for the right occasion, from customizable seasonal recipes such as the pumpkin spice in the fall to the highest selling cookie called the chipster, which is a chocolate chip cookie with a dark chocolate filling.
One can only wonder what gave this local business owner such a burning desire to go out and strike this venture on her own. It seems as though Silberman always had a bent on entrepreneurship and taking initiatives while creating spectacular projects for a worthy cause. Starting in High School, she organized charity events in her town. Through a seminar inspired by the Make a Wish foundation, she created a three month program where you create a project, involving your community. Having fundraised for her friend who was undergoing Chemo-therapy, this sparked an idea to initiate a non-profit to help those in need. Although this route did not pan out as Silberman had wished, it did, however, lay a foundation for an entrepreneur-filled spirit that would carry on to her years in University declaring Entrepreneurship and Marketing as her major upon enrollment.
So what can customers expect from these delectable treats? Events filled with social communion were kept in mind while building the foundation for these wonders of joy. So the next time you know of someone planning their wedding or getting to celebrate that sweet 16, be sure to add Chocamo (Chocolate plus Amor) to your party necessities and let the good times roll.
A kickstarter campaign is in the works as well as a plan of expanding to local coffee shops and eventually selling to whole foods around the country.