If you followed your way through the previous blog on Cocoa Amore and Making Easter Eggs, then as promised here is a little more about Cocoa Amore and their love of chocolate.
The bonus of visiting Cocoa Amore at the time that I did, was that I got to be a part of their Chocolate Making Workshop that they run for numbers from two people, to whole groups. The title of Chocolate Making, does not do the course justice, because as with everything with Cocoa Amore, it is so much more bespoke than that. They have a sense of quality that runs through everything they do and I can’t recommend the workshop enough.
The first part of the course takes you through where chocolate pods come from, how they are grown and used, how the industry of chocolate making developed and why they use the chocolate they do. I have to say, tasting your way through the world map of chocolate, is a fabulous way to spend some time being educated. Combined with coffee breaks and extra treats along the way, this is only the start of the fun.
In the more creative part of the workshop when they give you gloves, an apron, tell you to prepare to get messy and bring over a tub full of pure melted chocolate, then the laughter begins and you can’t stop smiling. Learning how to create the chocolate mould for your filling and creating a flavour for your chocolates is wonderful enough, but then moving on to rolling truffles in your hands full of chocolate, brings out the child within.
With a hot chocolate break while the chocolates set and then being able to gift present your own chocolates to take away, this a few hours of blissful satisfaction.
I don’t want to give too much away about the course, but I have a feeling the images will do that. All I simply want to say is, in the lyrics of Gene Wilder in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory, ‘Come with me and you’ll be, in a world of pure imagination’.