Bespoke Bars! 3rd March 2024 10:30
Master the skill of chocolate tempering and create chocolate works of art!
This is a brilliant workshop on so many levels- both an excellent forum for home chocolate crafters to learn the tricky (but essential) technique of chocolate tempering; as well as a creative and delicious treat for those wanting to try their hand at something fun for the morning!
Please read on for more...
All ages (8+) are welcome
Length of workshop: 2 hour (approx.)
Location: This workshop will be hosted at The Chocolate Shed, Yew Tree Farm Shopping Village, Wootton Wawen, B95 6BY.
Loosely based on our best selling children's birthday chocolate party package - Bespoke Bars! - this, adult, workshop has all the fun, heaps more chocolate and delves deeply into key chocolate crafting techniques (including chocolate tempering).
The session will start with a brief chat about participants chocolate making experiences and goals and set out a plan for the workshop including a forum for questions for our team of chocolatiers. During the workshop, each participant will be guided through the process of making approximately their own bespoke, decorated chocolate bars.
What will I create?
During this workshop, guests will create a selection of chocolate bars. The bars will be works of chocolate art, with hand painted bases and decorative tops sprinkled with inclusions and treats.
What chocolate making skills are covered?
This workshop is aimed to give participants the skills and confidence that they need to temper chocolate at home with stunning shiny results. During the workshop our skilled chocolatiers will guide you through the process using readily available home utensils and equipment. There will be plenty of opportunity for trouble shooting past tempering experiences and learning tips of the trade.
In addition, guests will be introduced to a range of decoration techniques, including painting with specialist, edible cocoa butter paint.
Do we need to bring anything with us?
No, everything (tutition and materials) will be provided on the day, including an apron. We do recommend however that you don't wear your finest clothes, just in case there is a spillage.
Soft drinks (tea, coffee, squash, water) are available on request, but feel free to bring a bottle along (or any other beverage/food) to enjoy during the workshop (you may also wish to bring your own glasses if you do as we are only able to provide plastic tumblers as glass is not permitted in the back kitchen area of our workshop).
Can you recommend a place to have lunch/dinner before/after the workshop?
Why not make a day of your visit to The Chocolate Shed? We are located in a beautiful part of the Warwickshire countryside. At Yew Tree Farm Shopping Village there is a lovely array of independent shops and businesses, including The Cowshed cafe (open for lunch) and Yew Tree Farm Shop (excellent take-aways and snacks). Alternatively we recommend The Navigation Inn or Bull's Head in Wootton Wawen or the short trip to either Henley in Arden or Stratford upon Avon, where there is a wide choice of excellent restaurants.
I am allergic to ....
Unless requested in advance, all participants will be using milk and white chocolate. We can accommodate most special dietary requirements but will need at least a weeks notice to ensure suitable alternative ingredients are available. (For example, if we know in advance, dark chocolate can be provided for those on lactose-free or vegan diets.)
Please note, all our chocolate contains SOY lecithin- a key ingredient which helps impart its smooth, melt-in-the-mouth flavour and texture.
If you have any concerns please contact us prior to booking.
Can a friend/partner come along and watch?
The price is inclusive of one person. Due to space limitations we request that only those for whom a space has been reserved attend.
What age range is this suitable for?
Due to the nature of this workshop, although we find that children need to be aged 8 and above to get the most out of the session. We also request that those aged 8-16 are accompanied by an adult who is also participating in the session.
What happens next?
After booking, one of our team will be in touch before your workshop with a health and safety form for the attendees to complete. This is just to ensure that our staff are aware of any allergies or relevant medical conditions so that the session is safe as well as lots of fun!
We reserve the right to cancel workshops at short notice (at least 7 days notice will be given) should the minimum required attendees not be reached. Purchased tickets can be transferred to alternate events or refunded should a suitable alternative event not be found.