Last week, Sarah and Kirsten headed to the delightful town of Peebles to try their hands at chocolate making under the instruction of UK Confectioners of the Year 2011  - lets see how they got on!

What better people to try and taste test this activity for us than Kirsten and Sarah from the project team!?

About Cocoa Black

Located: Near Edinburgh

Cocoa Black teaches the professional skills required to make indulgent chocolates, cakes and patisserie. In 1985 the founder, Ruth Hinks began what was to become a lifelong love affair with chocolate.  Aged 13, she started making and selling handmade chocolates from her father’s dental practice in South Africa. Over the past two decades her hobby has developed into a career that has spanned the globe and won her many awards.

Group Bookings

Private Groups: Pax 40  Tasting Workshop: 90 minutes Chocolate Making Class: 2 or 3 hours 

Classes are chosen from our beginner chocolate classes meaning that no experience is required.  Each class is fun and informative and follows a structured learning process. Each class teaches essential background information on chocolate including: how chocolate is made, cacao varieties and a chocolate tasting exercise.

The practical classes then go on to explore chocolate tempering (preparing the chocolate ready to be worked) before participants make and gift wrap their own chocolates.

What the Girls Thought

Sarah says, "An amazing activity for chocolate lovers! This activity not only gets the taste buds going but it also gives you the chance to get creative! I found this activity very relaxing and of course the fact that you can take the chocolates home is a great bonus!"

Kirsten says, "A chocolate workshops - every chocoholics dream come true! Not only did we get to learn about Cocoa and experience firsthand knowledge from an award winning chocolatier we were given creative license to dip and decorate our very own chocolates choosing from a huge selection of products. A really enjoyable experience for all ages and something that I would highly recommend to any with a soft spot for the heavenly chocolate."

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Here's a BBC video of a Cocoa Black Chocolate Class.

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