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Introduction to Chocolate Making

Satisfy that sweet tooth and discover a new level of luxury as you master the art of producing your own artisan treats.

This course is for anyone with a desire for real chocolate, and who has a passion for all things cacao.

Under the guidance of our chocolatier extraordinaire, Shelly Preston, explore the attributes of various beans and discover how to introduce both sweet and savoury flavours.

This hands-on day will begin with a chocolate tasting and an overview of various chocolate making techniques. You will learn the importance of tempering and how this is completed as you work in pairs to create a range of products including:

  • Chocolate bars
  • Truffles
  • Ganache

Everything that is made is available to take home.

This course includes light refreshments and lunch.

All ingredients, equipment and recipes are provided by the School.


‘Fantastic! Friendly, helpful and pitched just at the right level.’


‘A very enjoyable day with a great insight into chocolate making, I really enjoyed her practical and the fun side.’


'Shelly was a superb teacher full of very good information, professionalism and very efficient.'

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Fabulous day; enthusiastic tutor, friendly group, wonderful subject.

Despite the snow making it a short day for us we had a great time!

(Wed 4 Feb 2015)

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