Sometimes learning something new can be challenging. But sometimes it can be both relatively easy on the brain and fun at the same time. And when we're talking about learning how to make artisan chocolate? Well then... it also has a built-in tasty reward at the end! Ben's class was great. It was relatively easy to follow, as Ben has the perfect low-key and positive demeanor, but yet still provided some high-level chocolate history & education along the way. You always learn best when you're hands-on, and you will definitely get the chance to work through your own process here, including making some personal choices about some elements of your own creation (dark vs. lighter, sweetness, extra ingredients, and decoration). Great for a group of friends ( or strangers who are actually friends you just have not yet met!), as you can compare notes along the way and enjoy the final results. I already have a bunch of new ideas I want to try out soon :) Thanks, Ben! And thanks to June for organizing!
I organized a group of 10 friends to take Ben's chocolate making class, and it was a blast! He was extremely organized and had a setup with four stations for the different parts of the chocolate making process. There are only three all-natural ingredients that went into making the chocolate, and you can get creative with various spices, fruits, nuts, and toppings either from your own cupboard or from Ben's collection. His chocolates are MUCH healthier than store-bought, processed types with a bazillion ingredients that you can't even pronounce. You can adjust everything to your tastes, and the whole process was fun and informative. I'll definitely be taking my newfound skills to make delightful holiday treats for my family and friends!