CHOCOLATE MAKING WORKSHOPS
Headed up by master chocolatier, Jane Williams, Davensports Chocolates is one of the North East’s most-loved makers of the highest quality, artisan chocolates – top treats that blend tradition and creativity. Chocolates here are crafted the old-school way, preserving the traditional Swiss method of ‘enrobing’. Everything is made by hand with skill and craftsmanship to produce the most exquisite chocolate centres, delicately coated in specifically-selected, smooth and rich chocolate. Like a Willy Wonka machine of delights on a humble scale, a chocolate ‘water’ wheel draws molten chocolate to a height, before it cascades back into the vat as a tiny chocolate waterfall. The result? A beautiful, velvety curtain of chocolate, through which the centres pass on their journey to become the stylish treats that land in your basket. Treats such as new, Great Exhibition of the North-inspired truffles, made with white chocolate and dotted with raisin and shortbread crumb to mimic the flavour of ‘Singin Hinnies’ – Northumberland’s version of the drop scone! There are also chocolates inspired by Newcastle Brown Ale and Earl Grey to get your hands on – and you can have a go at making them yourselves at one of the factory’s upcoming workshops. There’s plenty of classes happening throughout the summer – some of which are perfect for crafty kids, involving easy-to-make chocolate lollipops and buttons, and others that are well-suited to businesses in search of memorable, team-building experiences. Staff and corporate guests are welcome to come together and get their hands dirty in the name of chocolate, making their own creations to mark and celebration business success, big or small.
Virgin Experience Days
For just £63.70, you can get an original chocolate-making workshop for two with Virgin Experience Days. Vouchers are valid for six months and are available in London, Brighton and Manchester. You’ll cut, dip and decorate your own hand-made chocolates and take home plenty of tasty treats. While gaining a history of chocolate and the process involved, you’ll enjoy plenty of delicious varieties of chocolate.
York Cocoa House, York
Whether you’re looking for an in-depth masterclass, a short-and-sweet drop-in session, or a tempting taster class, there’s a range of workshops at York Cocoa House – one of the city’s best-loved chocolate shops. Workshops are devoted to everything from truffles to cakes, pralines and more. Sessions are available on a weekly basis and there’s even a chocolate-inspired cafe you can visit after.
Now can experience the iconic taste of Cadbury chocolate thanks to their ‘Chocolatier Experiences’, which are available on selected dates throughout the year. For £49 per person, you’ll get a two-hour experience, full of tasting and making. You’ll also have a go at chocolate handwriting on a Cadbury chocolate shoe, which you’ll take home at the end of the day.
Blackfriars’ next Chocolate Making Masterclass is on October 13, so book your place now! Over the course of a day, you’ll learn how to make your own delicious artisan chocolates, which will be put in boxes for you when you leave. It’s £110 per person, which includes lunch and wine, as well as your own apron and recipes to take home. A perfect day out for the family, or as a present for a loved one.
York’s Chocolate Story
Make York’s Chocolate Story your sweet stop during your next visit to the city. Your journey includes a trip through the virtual chocolate factory, where you’ll learn how a simple cocoa bean is transformed into the finest chocolate. You’ll also discover the history of some of York’s most iconic chocolate brands, such as Kit Kat and Terry’s Chocolate Orange, taking a trip down memory lane and reminiscing about retro favourites from times gone by. You’ll also learn the secret of why chocolate makes us feel so good and why it has an ethical and sustainable future. Then, it’s time to master the secrets of the chocolatier, as you make your very own chocolatey creation for yourself, before seeing how the experts do it. Watch skilled chocolatiers as they showcase the art of chocolate-making and sample the fruits of their labour. The venue also offers exclusive hire of the attraction for chocolate masterclasses and corporate events, put together based on your wants and needs. The chocolatiers can also create bespoke products – luxury items, hand-crafted by in-house professionals – for special occasions and gatherings. Whatever the reason behind your visit, one thing’s for sure: you’re guaranteed one tasty journey.
Whether you fancy treating yourself, or you’re spoiling a loved one, there’s something for everyone at Hotel Chocolat. There’s fruity ones, chocolatey ones, nutty ones, even boozy ones… meaning no matter the recipient or occasion, sweet joy is guaranteed. Available in boxes, hampers and nifty little bags and you’ll find stores in Newcastle, Gateshead and Teesside.
Where else would you go to buy personalised chocolate for a loved one? Thorntons is one of the most popular high-street chocolate shops, loved for its cracking deals and sentiment-filled gift boxes and treats. Great for kids.
Lindt Chocolate Shop
Possibly the smoothest, finest and blissfully melting chocolate there is, Lindt is a must-have whatever time of year it is. Everyone loves the brand’s seasonal chocolate bunnies and reindeer, but why should the indulgences only be at Easter and Christmas? Visit the local shops in York or Leeds and indulge!