Enjoy a sweet half day chocolate making workshop in the heart of London
- London (London)
- Price 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 2.5 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 as they create their signature exotic chocolate, which you can of course sample once it is finished! 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 milk chocolate praline, bowls of glossy melted organic 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 wich 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 Sundays, throughout the year. Bookings are subject to availability.
Minimum Age: 18
Experience Duration: 02:30
Time at Venue: 02:30
This is a 2.5 hour chocolate making workshop.
Participants: The Chocolate Making Workshop In London is for 1 participant.
Max Group Size: 11
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.
This week I received an invitation from Nicola at My Chocolate to attend a blogger event in London, and what did this event consist of? Why, only a chocolate making workshop! Of course I had to say yes, so on Wednesday my colleague Renata and I jumped on the train and sped on up to the capital, where we met Nicola and chocolatier Jordan in their kitchen, a short distance from the Chancery Lane tube station.
The kitchen was so pretty and the table was set beautifully, from the marshmallows artistically scattered around to the ice cold jugs of water, all your needs were catered for. There was classic French music playing in the background and the smell of melted chocolate floating in the air, it was a real treat for the senses! After being introduced to the other bloggers attending the class, we took our seats in anticipation of the start.
Our first task was to introduce ourselves and say our favourite chocolate (I said Cadbury’s Creme Eggs because I’m a massive child). This got us chatting about different types of chocolate and the history of the cacao plant. While we were discussing the geography and interesting facts of chocolate (my knowledge was TERRIBLE – but I now know chocolate originated in Venezuela), Jordan had us decorating martini glasses by swirling melted chocolate over them, a really easy way to make the glasses look pretty! Renata had bar experience, so she was the designated mixologist for the group. As it was an evening class, the chocolate martinis were a really nice touch, and delicious too, a combination of melted chocolate, vodka and Creme de Cacao, something I definitely want to try for parties in the future.
While Jordan was describing the history of chocolate, we all got to taste different types of varying intensity and flavour, even the extremely bitter 100% pure chocolate! After we’d drained our martinis it was time to get our hands dirty with some chocolate making. Starting easy, we dolloped a big blob of melted chocolate on our parchment paper, and spread it around to make a giant chocolate button. Jordan set us a competition of who could decorate the button best, using patterned transfer paper, strawberry chocolate swirls, coconut, caramelised nuts, white chocolate flakes and marshmallows (I’ll let you know who won later…). We also learnt a marbling technique, which involved dribbling melted chocolate from a fork over the button, then using the fork to drag a marble pattern across the surface. While the buttons were setting, we were taught how to make delicious truffles. I couldn’t believe how easy the recipe was! A combination of melted chocolate and double cream, or coconut milk for those with lactose intolerance. With the mixture we learnt piping techniques like swirls, logs and kisses, then left them to dry – so much easier than I thought it would be, but it looks great!
To mix it up a bit, Jordan handed round chocolate flavoured fudge (it looks like brownies, but don’t be fooled). With these, we had the opportunity to get really creative, there were cutters to make the fudge into nice shapes, melted chocolate to dip them in, and plenty of decorations – if they hadn’t all been used on the chocolate buttons! Once the truffles had set, we rolled them into balls and coated them in cocoa powder for a professional-looking finish. We also did a taste test, with our challenge being to determine the flavours of different chocolates by tasting them (obviously I was useless so I HAD to eat all of it). Et voila! The workshop culminated with the packaging of all our beautiful, hand-crafted chocolates and fudge in ribbon-tied bags and gold boxes with tissue paper, which was a really nice touch.
It was obvious that these workshops are very well thought-out and organised, as there was the perfect combination of learning and hands-on making. The kitchen was decorated with a cute sweet-shop theme, and the French music helped create a pleasant atmosphere. Jordan and Nicola were so friendly and funny, making the class extra interesting and enjoyable, though how anyone couldn’t find chocolate-making enjoyable is beyond me… The booking process was simple, the venue was very easy to find, and the treats you get to take home at the end are better than anything you can buy in a shop – because you made them yourself! All-in-all it was a fantastic experience that I would do again in a heartbeat, and guess who won the chocolate button decorating competition…
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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