Sunday 27 October 2013

Classic Chocolate Making Workshop, Chocolate Tales, Toronto, ON

Last month I received an email from "Cocoa" Kelly Maxfield, Senior Chocolatier - Toronto Staff Manager at Chocolate Tales, offering me and a guest a complimentary seat to attend one of their workshops.

If you like chocolate and quality entertainment, you've come to the right place!

At Chocolate Tales, we provide entertaining chocolate making workshops of all kind - from friendly home gatherings, bridal events, kids parties to professional corporate team building events.  Our staff are experts at delivering stimulating content and hands - on activities that will create lasting memories long after the event has ended.

It’s not just about eating and making the best chocolate ever (although this is important!).  Our entertaining workshops and events help bring people together time after time. Our staffs’ focus is about instilling positivity and creating an entertaining, stimulating event for you, your family and friends!

Discover the wonderful world of chocolate!

This afternoon, my pal, Liz, and I attended the Classic Chocolate Making Workshop at their St. Lawrence Market location.

The kitchen overlooks the Market ... so strange to see it quiet (it's not open on Sundays or Mondays).

Navid offered yummy hot chocolate when we arrived.

There was a good crowd at our workshop.

Cocoa Kelly started by telling us the history of chocolate.

Then she showed us how to make filled chocolates.

Tempering the chocolate
Pour the chocolate into the mold and smooth it.
Then dump it out.
Put your filling in.
Fill it again with chocolate, smooth it over and put it in the fridge.

Then we got to taste some melted Belgium chocolate ... one with cinnamon, one with ginger powder and one with chili powder.  My favourite was the one with cinnamon.

Liz with the melted chocolate with cinnamon.

Everyone had supplies.  Here are mine ... stickers, marshmallows, cocoa powder, coconut, gloves, cutter, apron and a tool.

We were all given some melted Belgium chocolate and told to decorate our marshmallows.

Liz at work!
Mine were the two on the left and Liz's were the two on the right

We were given a slab of chocolate to make shapes and to decorate them with the melted chocolate, cocoa powder, coconut and stickers.

Nothing was wasted ... we rolled up the
leftover chocolate into balls and decorated them.

Finally we were given a mini lava cake to decorate and sent home with the recipe.

"L" for Liz!
Liz showing off my lava cake before it went into the oven.
Once the melted chocolate hardened, I ate it!  Yum!

We were given two chocolate wafers ... the one on the left is made with 45% cocoa from the Philippines and the one on the right is made with 65% cocoa from Peru.

Remember the chocolates Cocoa Kelly made earlier?  Once they came out of the fridge, she tapped them out of the molds and we could take some.

There were fancy bags and boxes to take home our chocolates.

Mine are at the bottom left and
Liz's are along the right.
My chocolates wrapped and ready to go home!
Plus my lava cake!

Here are Liz and I ...

It was a fun workshop ... you should check it out!

Thank you, Cocoa Kelly, for the invitation, and thank you, Liz, for joining me!  It was fun spending time with you!

BTW, Gord doesn't really have a sweet tooth so everything I took home is mine mine mine!  Liz's husband, Jamie, though, does have a sweet tooth so it should be interesting to see how much she shares :)


Masshole Mommy said...

Oh fun! There is a bakery in Boston that does something similar. I've never done it, but it sounds like fun!

Way Out Wear said...

That's so awesome!!! Good for you! I think I'm drooling now!

Teresa said...

That looks like a ton of fun. Yum!

Sandi said...

Your chocolate looks so good :) I ate all of mine the day after I attended the workshop.

Teena in Toronto said...

So far I've only eaten the two marshmallows and I shared my lava cake with Gord. Liz's apparently didn't last past last evening :)

Rosie said...

I was curious about this! Looks like so much fun. I would have eaten everything on drive home lol!

Kat said...

That looks like such a great time. I always see chocolate making Groupons and have always been curious about them. Maybe I'll take DK one day :P