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Chocolate Experience Days & Chocolate Making Workshops

Chocolate & Chocolate Workshops: Everything you need to know

We have experiences for all chocoholics, no matter if you prefer making chocolate, rolling around in chocolate or putting lots of lovely chocolate into your gob.

Our Champneys chocolate massage features all the fun of chocolate without any calories, but if you’re a dab hand in the kitchen, attend a chocolate making workshop and learn to create professional-looking, scoff-able treats for special occasions.

If all this talk of lovely chocolate is making you hungry, purchase a voucher for a mail-order chocolate heart for a loved one, then (optionally) scoff the lot and blame it on the postman.

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FAQs

Q: I can make chocolate? But How? Doesn’t the Easter Bunny bring it all?
A: Well, yes. At Easter. But at other times of the year, why not sign up for one of our fabulous chocolate workshops?
Q: Is this like the workshop they made me go to at work, after the incident with the Mankini?
A: No, this is the good variety of workshop, where you will learn all about chocolate and be shown how to create fabulous chocolate creations.
Q: Goodness, such as what?
A: It all depends on the variety of course you take, but for instance, you can make truffle fillings, dipped in finest Belgian chocolate and then decorated. Or else you can make your own giant chocolate button or bar and learn the craft of cutting, dipping and decorating a slab of praline.
Q: And what about booze?
A: Yes, we even have a chocolate martini and cupcake workshop, which has to be seen to be believed (though it would be great if you actually took my word for it, that makes the booking stage much easier).
Q: Who is providing this chocolaty knowledge?
A: Leaders of their field Green & Blacks run one of our workshops, while the amazing MyChocolate also teach you the basics.
Q: Excellent, as long as I know as much about chocolate when I walk in as when I leave...
A: Actually no, as well as being taught how to make things from chocolate, you’ll also learn about its history and structure. It all adds to your choco-knowledge, as it’s called in the trade.
Q: Great, I have a white tuxedo that would be perfect for this...
A: That’s fine, but do remember you’ll be sloshing chocolate around all day and there’s a chance some will get on you, so wear clothing that you’re happy for this to happen to.
Q: Where do I go and how long will I be there for?
A: There are venues for this all over the place, so check our full range for more details. The courses usually last between 2 to 4 hours. Just buy your voucher now and then you can sort out a date and location at a later date. All that information will be on the documents we send you.
Q: And if I’m allergic to Caramac?
A: Just let the person know when you’re booking about any specific allergies or dietary requirements and we can advise you then.

Fun Facts

  • 1. The word chocolate was first recorded in English in 1604, though England’s first cup of chocolate was not brewed until 1647. Did it take that long for the kettle to boil in 17th Century England?
  • 2. The word ‘chocolate’ is derived from the Mayan word xocolatl, which means ‘bitter water’. Glad they didn’t take the exact definition, as I wouldn’t fancy eating a big bag of Bitter Water Buttons.
  • 3. One cocoa tree produces about 50 pods twice a year. Each pod has enough cocoa for about eight bars of milk chocolate or four bars of dark. Why don’t we all have one growing in the back garden? We’d all be a lot richer. And fatter.
  • 4. In 1847, Fry’s of Bristol moulded the first chocolate bar. So before that could people only enjoy chocolate in coin, egg and Toblerone form?
  • 5. Among the Mayans and Aztecs, chocolate was originally a cold drink made from crushed beans. So if you pop into a Aztec restaurant and order a ‘chocolate drink’ prepare to be disappointed.
  • 6. In the film Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock used chocolate syrup as a substitute for blood in the famous shower scene. Which makes no difference to me, I have still been too scared to shower since 1962.
  • 7. The first people to harvest chocolate were the Mokaya and other pre-Olmec peoples who lived in southeast Mexico around 1000 BC. Imagine how confused and terrified they would be if they could see the fruits of their harvest in Curly Wurly form?
  • 8. The country that eats the most chocolate is Switzerland, with 22 pounds consumed per person each year. They’ve got chocolate, they’ve got fancy penknives, they’ve got those big horns, why aren’t I living in Switzerland right now?
  • 9. A Hershey's bar was dug up after 60 years from Admiral Richard Byrd’s South Pole expedition. Having been frozen all those years, it was still edible. That must have been so tempting to the scientist who found it on the flight home. Do you think it made it to the museum?
  • 10. Chocolate makers use 40% of the world's almonds and 20% of the world's peanuts. And quite a lot of the world’s chocolate, I would imagine.

Chocolate Workshops: the stats

Overall, our Chocolate Workshops are rated 4 / 5 based on 1 reviews from happy Wish customers.