Our hands-on chocolate making classes and workshops whisk you into a world of hand-made truffles, pralines and Belgian chocolates. During these convivial and fun group lessons, you’ll learn techniques such as tempering, moulding, piping and shaping, making your very own artisan chocolates. Classes run at venues around the UK and yes, you get to take your chocolate creations home with you to devour! Chocolate making FAQs
• Chocolate workshops just for kids by Hotel Chocolat • Chose between London Convent Gdn & Leeds venues • Kids will learn about the history of chocolate • A Hotel Chocolat bar to decorate in their own style
• Ultimate chocolate workshop in Bournemouth • Make Belgian truffles from scratch & decorate them • Learn all about tempering during a demonstration • Chocolate fountain will be free-flowing throughout
Fellow chocoholics everywhere will absolutely adore these chocolate making experiences. They’re very much hands-on and enjoyable, making them a great choice for individuals, couples and small groups. And you get to eat what you’ve made!
Who it’s not for:
If you’re unfortunate enough to be allergic to chocolate, these workshops won’t be for you. Even if you don’t actually like eating chocolate that much, you will learn how to make and beautifully package chocolates that you can then give as a lovely hand-made gift to someone you love!
I have a nut allergy. Can I still take part in a chocolate-making workshop?
All allergies are taken seriously by chocolate workshop schools. The classes aren’t suitable for those with serious nut allergies, as nuts are often present and traces of nuts in the chocolate used cannot be ruled out. In some cases, workshops can be adapted for vegans and those who avoid dairy if the school is contacted in advance. There are not normally any wheat products used, so gluten is not usually an issue.
Do I get to eat lots of chocolate?
In a word, yes! From sampling cocoa nibs (the raw ingredient of chocolate) and the chocolate buttons that are used for the tempering process, to tasting your final products, there’s plenty of opportunity to divulge in delicious chocolate whilst your on the workshop. Don’t go too overboard though, you’ll want to save some chocs to take home to impress your loved ones with!
How many chocolates will I make?
It varies with each workshop, but you can reasonably expect to leave with around a dozen high-quality, hand-crafted chocolates all beautifully packaged. How many chocolates are left when you actually get home is another thing…
Will my chocolate workshop be just a demonstration?
No, they are very much hands-on. You will be rolling your sleeves up and getting stuck in creating, making and decorating. Your chocolatier host will be on hand to show you what to do and assist, as well as providing a fascinating insight into the history of chocolate.
Will I be actually making chocolate from cocoa beans?
Making chocolate from scratch requires fermenting, drying, roasting and more, so, to speed up the whole process, the workshops start with you melting chocolate buttons to begin the tempering process. You then move to shaping or moulding (depending on what type of chocolate you’re making), then onto to ganache fillings and/or decorating.
Do you offer chocolate making for two?
We offer vouchers for individuals, couples and small groups. You will be part of a group of enthusiastic chocolate lovers all keen to learn how to make and decorate their own chocolates on the day.
Are chocolate making classes a good idea for hen parties?
Yes - and chocolate making has proved to be a really popular thing for hen groups to do. We even offer luxury chocolate making workshops with cocktails or Champers included. Contact us if you’d like to organise an exclusive workshop for you and your hens.
Do I need to bring anything with me?
All the ingredients and tools to make your chocolates are provided and included in the cost of the experience. You just need to bring yourself and your creative chocolate making flair!
Will I get messy with all that chocolate?
There will be melted chocolate everywhere, but you will be provided with aprons. We also recommend you tie hair back.
What sort of venues host chocolate making lessons?
Classes take place in rooms set up with plenty of work station space for participants. It could be in a professional cookery kitchen, a chocolate maker’s laboratory or even conference rooms of hotels. You can even host your own chocolate making party in your own home with our chocolate making party kits.
Why is it cold in the room where the lessons are held?
The rooms need to be kept to a certain (cool) temperature to protect the chocolates and ingredients. You’ll soon find out that heating and cooling chocolate to just the right temperature is key to the whole chocolate making process. We advise you to wear layers so you can adapt to the room temperatures.
Are the workshop venues wheelchair accessible?
Check with each individual chocolate making school, but many of them do offer classes at wheelchair accessible venues.
Are there any chocolate making experiences near me?
Chocolate courses are hosted by professional chocolatiers at locations around the country including: