Know someone with a sweet tooth or a a die-hard chocoholic? Got someone in mind who would happily take death by chocolate?
Then why not treat them to this delectable chocolate making workshop. It’s a sweet hands-on experience that will teach them the art (yes, the art!) of making, filling and decorating their own chocolate delights. With the help of some of the best chocolatiers in the business, this workshop is choc-full of knowledge, expert tuition and plenty of opportunities to get caked in the good stuff. But if you’re hoping to sample the goods, you’d better get in quick…
Chocolate making workshop
In this superb Chocolate Making Workshop you’ll learn all about this wonderful foodstuff and how it can be adapted, flavoured and moulded into many different confectionery creations. As part of the experience you will learn how to make your own unique brand of chocolate along with the chance to create your own truffles, whip up some delicious fillings and decorate your hand-made creations using a selection of tasty toppings.
Expert tuition and professional equipment will be made available to you throughout this step-by-step course, along with all the necessary ingredients. You’ll get to taste the goods and at the end of the session you can package up your chocolates and take them away with you. Most venues will also offer tea and coffee along with chocolate nibbles.
While aprons will be provided, the experience can get messy and you are likely to get chocolate or other ingredients on your clothes. You may be on your feet for most of the time so flat comfortable shoes are recommended.
Get your taste buds tingling and take delight in this ohh so sweet experience. You’ll learn the tricks of the confectioner’s trade and discover how to make your own chocolate, which is certainly an experience worth getting your teeth into. Like the cat that got the whipped cream, this is a chocoholic’s heaven and a real treat for the senses. After all, they say that chocolate doesn’t make the world go around, but it certainly makes the trip worthwhile.
Food for thought:Learn how to make your own chocolate. You'll make, dip, and decorate truffles, pralines, and slabs, taking home the fruits of your labour. Available in Brighton, London, and Manchester.
Chocolate tasting tours
Alternatively, if you would rather sample some high quality chocolate truffles rather than make them, there’s a range of chocolate walking tours, predominantly around London, that aim to introduce you to small artisan producers offering exceptional produce.
It’s a hard job, but someone’s got to do it… When it comes to chocolate, many things are important; texture, flavourings, taste, ingredients, and the process of making the bar or bite in the first place. In order to ensure that every piece of chocolate is perfect, chocolatiers need tasters. What a job! Imagine being able – in fact, encouraged – to try plenty of chocolate, and to decide which one might be the best. Work out what’s included within each bar of chocolate and slab of confectionery, and you might be on your way to a new career path… Or at least a very rewarding hobby!
Sound good? If so, or if you know someone whose mouth will be watering at just the idea of all the chocolate, then a chocolate tasting experience must be for you. Think about it… The opportunity to eat chocolate for hours at a time, and not feel in the least bit guilty because, after all, when it’s an important job like this, there are no calories involved! Right?
Chocolate tasting is something that everyone can enjoy. There are no special skills required (apart from a love of chocolate of course, that certainly helps!). Why not give this experience as a gift to a loved one with a very sweet tooth? It is also ideal for a couple celebrating an anniversary – chocolate is romantic, and tasting it is special. Or what about organising a girls’ night out, with wine, laughter, and chocolate to round everything off? It’s versatile, flexible, and, even though the chocolate will disappear, the creamy textures and original flavours will stay in the mind for some time to come!
Try this for size:Hotel Chocolat is one of my favourite chocolate brands so the idea of a tasting experience here is really exciting. You'll work through a flight of 13 flavours, get a glass of Prosecco, and take home a goody bag. Available in London and Leeds.
Death by chocolate - What You Need To Know
- WHEN: Experiences take place all year round.
- WHERE: Nationwide.
- WHO: Chocoholics will be in chocolate heaven in these experiences, as will anyone with a sweet tooth. Technical knowledge is not required making these experiences great fun for all.
- OCCASIONS: Best saved for Christmas or birthdays, chocolate making workshops are fun gifts to give. Chocolate tasting tours and experiences are also ideal birthday and Christmas gifts, but they can be paired with a short break, especially if you are planning to head to the capital.
- PRICES: Chocolate making workshops sessions start from around £35 per person. Chocolate tasting experiences start from around £50 a head. (correct at the time of writing)
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