Enjoy a sweet half day chocolate making workshop in the heart of London
- London (London)
- Gift Voucher valid for 1 Participant
Learn to make your own truffles and discover exactly how
chocolate is made with this half day London chocolate making
workshop in the heart of the city. This is a 2 hour chocolate
making experience, during which you will learn all about the
history of chocolate and how it is made, getting to grips with the
entire process from the cacao tree to the shelf. The sweetest gift
for chocolate-lovers in London and the surrounding area, this
experience is an ideal gift for men and women with a taste for the
finer things in life!
Your London chocolate making experience begins with a welcoming introduction and a demonstration by the workshop's master chocolatiers. They will regale you with fascinating facts and figures about chocolate and chocolate making, then it's your turn to taste test the chocolates to discern what makes a high quality chocolate.The first hands-on chocolate making project you will work on is a giant chocolate button, which you will make and then decorate. Then it's truffle time - you will use a rich dark chocolate ganache, as well as dark chocolate fudge, bowls of glossy melted chocolate, and delightful little decorations (coconut, strawberry curls, white chocolate shavings, cocoa powder etc.) to make the tastiest truffles you've ever tried!
Depending on the size you make your truffles, you will make 15-20 chocolates which you can take home with you in provided ribboned bags, so you can show off your chocolate making skills to lucky family and friends!
The London chocolate making workshop is available on Saturdays and Sundays, throughout the year. There are the occasional weekday dates available but please check first, as bookings are subject to availability.
Minimum Age: 12
Experience Duration: 02:00
Time at Venue: 02:00
This is a 2 hours chocolate making workshop.
Participants: The Chocolate Making Workshop In London is for 1 participant.
Max Group Size: +10
Spectators Allowed on Site: No
The Chocolate making Workshop in London can accommodate for 20-30 participants (subject to availability).This London chocolate making workshop is not suitable for spectators, however you can bring your chocolates home with you after the experience, to share with family and friends.
You should wear relatively casual clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.
The weather will not affect your chocolate making experience day in London.
Average rating: 5 stars out of 5
For my best friends hen do I booked us in for this fun filled evening! As what do girls love more than chocolate? We were surrounded by gorgeous treats and had great fun making truffles! I chose to coat mine in milk chocolate and drizzle them in dark to create a marble effect! The dishy host was very funny and clearly very passionate about chocolate. I would definitely recommend this experience to my fellow girls and guys who adore chocolate!
What a fantastic (and super delicious) experience!! My close girl friends and I had this planned for a while and what a brilliant outcome we received! The lovely gentleman holding the class was very outgoing and humorous making the whole experience even more enjoyable. I absolutely loved the truffle tasting and the history talk on chocolate was incredibly interesting. The choice of decorations was a lovely touch to our chocolates as well as a fabulous goody bag of treats to take home :D 5 Stars!!!
On a brisk Thursday afternoon, Willow and I headed off to Brighton station. We were very excited as today was the day we were taking part in a Chocolate Making Workshop in London! The trains were on our side that day, and we were lucky enough to have no delays and arrive at My Chocolate with plenty of time to spare.
As we walked towards our Google maps location we saw a pink and brown ‘My Chocolate’ sign! We pushed open the big white door with the same excitement as if we were walking into Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Straight away our eyes were drawn down a staircase where the workshop was going to take place, with a beautiful view of the canal which the experience looked onto. We were pulled out of the trance when we were welcomed by the chefs of the evening, Oden and Georgia.
Two large tables were delicately laid out with three marshmallows on everyone’s place setting. Pretty pink flowers and cutlery decorated the middle of the table, along with pristine white serviettes (…which I knew wouldn’t stay that colour for long.) We all put our aprons on and sat down ready for two hours of chocolate heaven. Oden introduced himself to the class, and was very humorous whilst informing us of the Dos and Don’ts. One ‘Don’t’ was not to lick the cutlery, as the whole table will be using them.This proved to be very difficult, and a true test of will power.
The first task we were given was to make ganache, which was going to form the inside of the gorgeous truffles. Made from a combination of chocolate and double cream, the gooey mixture went straight into a piping bag. Using a spinning technique to let gravity do its thing, the ganache soon went to the bottom of the bag ready for piping! Willow and I took turns creating little ganache shapes, and this proved very satisfying.
Whilst our ganache fillings were hardening, Oden talked about the history of chocolate. He showed us a cocoa bean which was surprisingly huge, and explained that this massive bean only made three chocolate bars! One of the many interesting facts I learnt from this experience is that chocolate has been around for one hundred years, and used to be pure chocolate goodness. Nowadays, companies remove the cocoa butter and sell it on for profit. This is then used in skincare such as moisturiser and body lotion. Oils and fats are put into the chocolate instead of its original cocoa butter, but sadly, us consumers know no different. To demonstrate the difference, we were all given pieces that had not had anything removed, as well as pieces from bars that are sold in shops today. After listening to the sound the pieces made when breaking them in half, and tasting the chocolate, we took a blind vote to find out which chocolate we believed to be of better quality and taste. There were some interesting results!
After this, it was onto chocolate button making! Oden demonstrated a few ways to decorate the buttons, with the most impressive method being the marble effect. We had the choice of a dark or milk chocolate button, and on this occasion, I went for milk. I poured three spoonfuls of chocolate onto my baking parchment, and used the back of my spoon to create a thick circle. Then it was my turn to attempt the marble effect that Oden made look so effortless. I chose dark chocolate to contrast my milk button, and used the spine of my spoon to drizzle it across. Next, I used a pointy piece of cutlery to go through the chocolate, merging the colours and creating an amazing hypnotic effect. On the tables were a selection of toppings, including honeycomb, coconut, strawberry curls, and white chocolate shavings. After this, it was back to the ganache and transforming them into delightful truffles. If this wasn’t enough, we were also given fudge, which we could cut into shapes and dip in chocolate.
At the end of the experience we were all provided with see-through bags, boxes and ribbon so we could take our treats home with us! This was a lovely touch to the workshop - and the ribbon was very beneficial for my family, who got to sample the chocolate without me eating it first, as I wanted them to see the pretty packaging!
Overall, this experience was great fun. The variety of people in the room demonstrated the fact that this workshop really is for everyone – from families to hen parties! This experience is absolutely one I would recommend and take part in again. Thank you to My Chocolate for allowing Willow and I to participate in your Chocolate Making Workshop. We had a great time!
As well as participating in one of their fantastic chocolate workshops in London last week, I was also lucky enough to get an interview with Hannah Saxton, the founder of My Chocolate. With a range of experiences on offer, from corporate events to hen parties, there are tonnes of reasons to get your hands dirty making delicious chocolates!
1) Please explain your journey as ‘My Chocolate’ so far.
I left university nine years ago and used my saved-up student loan to set-up MyChocolate, the UK’s first chocolate making events company. For the first year, I ran workshops from my tiny flat in Shepherd’s Bush and spent evenings working as a waitressing to make ends meet! Once the word got out about MyChocolate, I was lucky enough to receive great press coverage and the bookings started to roll in. We now run around a hundred workshops a month in London, Manchester and Brighton for gift experiences, hen parties and corporate events.
2) What has been the biggest or most memorable event you’ve provided?
There have been so many! If I had to pick the top few I’d say appearing on The Apprentice and running a huge corporate event at the Ritz.
3) Is there any inside information you can give us?
There’s a little more to chocolate making than most people think! Our workshops focus on the fun side of chocolate making but we like everyone to leave with a few tricks of the trade. For example, we teach Tempering, the process of cooling chocolate down so it’s the right temperature to work with and how to use transfer sheets, which print edible pictures on your chocolates.
4) Do you have any exciting plans for the future that you’d like to tell us about?
We are currently working on a new product. I can’t say anything at the moment but we will have an exciting announcement soon!
5) What would you say is your most frequently asked question?
“Can I take my chocolates home with me?” The answer is always yes, unless you eat them all during the workshop!
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