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Thursday, 13 May 2010

Chocolate making – create your prefect sweet treat


Everybody knows that chocolate tastes good and there’s nothing quite like the sweet, creamy feeling of slowly melting chocolate on your tongue. Made from the seed of tropical cacao trees, the process of turning the seed into chocolate is intricate, involving fermentation, drying, cleaning and roasting then grinding, liquefying, moulding and separation. All this work goes in to the production of our favourite sweet treat with hundreds of pounds being purchased and consumed every day in the UK. It’s not just a modern phenomenon – the earliest documented use of chocolate is from around 110BC, but modern chocolate owes a lot to the processes which have refined its production over the years, and you can learn about these first hand with a chocolate making workshop.
Don’t worry – you won’t be expected to wait for the fermentation or pound seeds into ‘nibs’, our chocolate making workshop puts you in the capable hands of a skilled chocolatier who will guide you through the process of making a chocolate treat that’s unique to you and perfectly suited to your individual taste, so you can create your own version of chocolate heaven and take it home with you to enjoy at your leisure.
The exact programme of your chocolate making workshop you will depend on the location you choose, but the options are equally tasty. You can create a chocolate teddy bear which you will then surround with hand made truffles for a chocolate treat with an indulgent twist. Or if you prefer, you can choose to learn how to make fudge pralines and truffles before cutting, dipping and decorating your own chocolates which you can take home with you, if they make it all the way.
Both of these chocolate making experiences take place under the guidance of a skilled chocolatier who will be on hand to answer your questions and provide as much information as you could want to know about the process of making chocolate from the raw ingredients, and creating a finished chocolatey treat which appeals to the eyes as well as the taste buds.
So if you know a chocoholic who would love the chance to get some hands on experience with their favourite substance then a chocolate making workshop is the perfect present – we also have chocolate making workshops for two which make great gifts for any sweet toothed couple. Perhaps you have an anniversary coming up, in which case there’s no better way to celebrate than trying something new, and with a chocolate making workshop for two you’ll get to take home enough chocolate to celebrate in style.

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