Finally, it came to the day of our wonderful chocolate workshop, in Winchester, which Rebecca and I had been extremely looking forward to. We set off from Brighton on the M25 route, which was easy going. We hit no traffic and arrived considerably early. This suited us perfectly, as we then had a moment to take in the beautiful countryside surrounding the Chocolate Craft venue.
After being welcomed by our lovely hosts, Julie and Sarah, we took our seats with the group, there was around 14 participants, which was a great opportunity to meet new people. Julie then gave an interesting introduction, informing us of how chocolate is made, the ingredients we were going to use, as well as what we were going to be doing throughout.
We always watched Julie demonstrate how to do everything first. When creating our ganache, there was an impressive variety of flavourings and fillings to choose from. I had decided on raspberry oil, dried raspberry pieces, champagne and white chocolate ganache – which was incredible! Rebecca went for strawberry oil, strawberry crisps, and milk chocolate ganache. Once we had created our ganache, it was time to get messy! We poured our ganache into a piping bag and began filling our chocolate treats.
While our chocolate treats were chilling, we got creative and practiced our fine piping skills, for our exciting chocolate lolly competition. Once everyone had created their chocolate lolly masterpieces, there was a surprise prize for the best decorated. Here we got to see other designs which were all fantastic, though unfortunately this meant myself or Rebecca didn’t win…
Once these had gone into the fridge to chill, we went back to our delicious chocolate treats to add the bottom of the chocolates, choosing from milk, dark or white chocolate. Rebecca and I both went for milk chocolate bottoms. These then went back into the fridge to chill. Shortly after they were chilled, it was time to decorate them. Rebecca chose the topping of orange segments and I went for dried raspberries, nuts, milk and white chocolate fine piping.
Once our lollies and chocolate treats had cooled it was time to package them up. All our wonderful chocolates had a gold box to take home in, as well as ribbon for decoration. Our chocolate creations really looked wonderful!
We would like to say a massive thank you to Chocolate Craft for having us, we had a fabulous time and would love to come back!