Grandma Mabel’s Chocolate Candy Kit


We are preparing for our next big step…bringing Grandma Mabel’s Chocolate Candy Kit to store shelves and online sellers!

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What is Grandma Mabel’s Chocolate Candy Kit?

Grandma Mabel’s is the fun, step-by-step kit that makes it easy for you to make your own delicious, handmade chocolates.

The Kit allows both young and old to easily make tasty, handmade chocolate treats in half the time with twice the fun!

What’s in the Kit?

Each Grandma Mabel’s Chocolate Candy Kit includes our easy-to-use toolset, our tried and true, easy-to-follow chocolate candy recipe booklet and one (1) pound of high quality, sustainably-sourced melting chocolate, available in milk or dark chocolate.

One delicious step at a time

Start by trying one of the recipes we’ve included in the Kit and then experiment with your own flavors!
All our recipes start with basic ingredients – no recipe has more than five – and the candies are all made using the same process.

Every pound of melting chocolate will make more than 100 pieces of candy. Share them at home, give them as gifts, or keep and savor them yourself!

Sustainably made in the USA

Grandma Mabel’s Chocolate Candy Kit is proudly made in the USA. We’re committed to working with local manufacturers and vendors for the benefit of both our economy and environment. We’re dedicated to making sustainable, ethical choices in every step of our business.

From our gourmet, sustainably-sourced chocolate right down to our 100% recycled tool set and biodegradable packaging, Grandma Mabel’s Chocolate Candy Kit is conscientiously designed and produced. We believe good ethics equals good business. The proof is in our delicious product.

About Grandma Mabel’s Chocolate Candy Kit

Grandma Mabel’s Chocolate Candy Kit was inspired by our Grandma, Mabel Tranum, who began making chocolate candies at Christmastime more than 30 years ago.

Recently, the arthritis in Grandma’s hands made her traditional method of forming each chocolate slow and difficult, so — with her help — we designed a tool set to make the process easier, faster and equally scrumptious.

We are excited to share our kit with you and sincerely hope our Grandma and her recipes also inspire you and your family to begin your very own chocolate-making tradition.



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Trickle Up Design is currently working on the CleanCube Project. The goal of this project is to develop a product that provides clean water and that can be manufactured locally and made widely accessible through broad market distribution and affordable pricing. In the fall of 2014, the CleanCube project received research funding from Grand Challenges Canada’s Stars in Global Health program. Grand Challenges Canada is dedicated to supporting Bold Ideas with Big Impact® in global health. This proof of concept funding made field-based testing of CleanCube possible in pilot communities in Goa, India. Learn more at the project’s website.

Chicago Transit Authority

Case Study

This case study of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) focused on the narrow platforms that exist in several stations within the CTA System. Specifically, the elevated wooden platform at the Damen Station along the Blue Line was studied. The CTA Blue Line travels diagonally across the city connecting the downtown Chicago Loop with O’Hare Airport.

As part of this case study the pace, flow, use of space and the overall experience, both physically and psychologically, were examined from the point of view of different composite users. Ultimately, it was found that the 41” wide platform raises significant safety issues particularly for those who have problems with balance, need more space or require more time to move along the platform. The inefficient flow of people is a concern as there is not enough room for faster users to safely pass slower users. Understanding these different perspectives and how the CTA does and does not allow users to move safely and efficiently, offers critical information about the design, usability and function of the transit system and the City of Chicago as a whole

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This project, called iBlob, was selected as a winner in the Ruckus Nation Idea Competition. Ruckus Nation challenged entrants to imagine a new product that is fun and cool enough to make kids want to get up and move as an effort to help fight childhood obesity.

iBlob is a dynamic game system that offers a new way for children to play away from the constraints of a gaming console, TV or computer. iBlob is an amorphous, fun-to-squish object that incorporates interactive lights and wireless music to get kids moving. TrickleUp Design was awarded $30,000 for the iBlob concept and a U.S. utility patent was filed for this idea.

Oma Chiropractic


TrickleUp Design worked with Oma Chiropractic, a health care clinic in Toronto, on two projects. The first was to re-imagine the clinic’s space in order to increase efficiency, as well as the comfort and overall experience of the practice’s clientele. As part of this, TrickleUp consulted with Oma to identify goals for the space and the overall practice in the short- and long-term. We analyzed space usage and the work flow of practitioners and traffic patterns of clients. From there, we created 3D models of the space with design interventions to assist the client to reach the desired goals.

The second project was Oma’s online strategy. Together we worked to identify the clinic’s goals for its online presence. We identified key information, imagery and language from which we to designed and build the website,

Now House


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TrickleUp Design worked with the client, Now House, to evolve its product offering and business model from a public demonstration project to a unique consumer-focused product. Together we explored the ways in which Now House’s proven net zero retrofit process could be developed into an accessible, affordable step by step kit that homeowners could use to make their homes more energy efficient.

As part of this process, we built physical and digital prototypes and mock-ups as well as prepared project briefs, business planning documents and presentations to communicate the Now House product offering to collaborators and potential partners. Additionally, as part of the discovery process, market research was conducted, including field observation, in order to identify direct and indirect competition, capture demographic data, and synthesize current consumer and business trends. Collaboration and brainstorming sessions were integral to the work with this client and resulted in documents and visuals that were used to test concepts and push the project to the next stage.