For being such a chocolate lover, it's surprising how little I know about chocolate! That's why I was super excited when my friend Jessica gifted me a 'chocolate making workshop' for my birthday. Neither of us had any idea what a chocolate making workshop might involve...but we were both hoping that 'tasting' would be part of the night!
Well guys, we were definitely not disappointed. The first activity the chocolatier had us do was taste 3 different kinds of chocolate and guess what secret ingredient was in each one- cinnamon, ginger and chilli pepper! WOohoo! All three blends were delicious but the cinnamon one was my favourite! :)
Next the chocolatier gave us a demonstration on how to make chocolate- mix cocoa butter, cocoa powder, sugar and cream! The more cream that's added, the more 'milk chocolate' it becomes. Chocolate is very temperamental and has to be at a specific temperature in order to cool properly and taste delicious- WHO KNEW?!?
Next came time for the hands on part of the night! We were given unbaked lava cakes to decorate. We weren't given any instructions on how to decorate and were given complete artistic freedom so Jessica and I went to town! They definitely didn't look pretty, but they tasted delicious!
FUN FACT: Have you heard people say "white chocolate isn't real chocolate"? I definitely grew up believing that was true. At the workshop we learned that any product that has cocoa butter listed as the first ingredient is 'real' chocolate. There are actually many 'real' white chocolates. The white easter bunnies that you get from the dollar store have 'sugar' listed as the main ingredient and use palm oil instead of cocoa butter so you could say that they are made out of 'fake' chocolate!
For the final part of the workshop we were given large squares of chocolate ganache and cookie cutters. We stamped shapes out of our ganache, dunked them into chocolate and then decorated them on the baking tray! Honestly this part looked WAY easier than it was. You're supposed to be able to bring the ganache out of the liquid chocolate without having excess pour onto the tray creating a 'footing'. As you can see from the pics below.... we haven't mastered this skill quite yet! ;)
At the end of the workshop we got to bring home everything we made- our lava cake and about 7 chocolates! It was SO much fun learning something new with Jessica! We'd definitely recommend this workshop but make sure you get tickets from Groupon to save some $$$. We both agreed that it wouldn't be worth the $85 per person that they charge if you don't purchase through Groupon!
Hi! I'm Mrs. Julia Dawe,