October 07, 2016

Chocolate making workshop

It's national chocolate week - possibly one of the best weeks of the year.  To celebrate I suggest you stop what you're doing immediately and go eat your bodyweight in all things chocolatey.

Oooh, and grab a cuppa and prepare to feel hungry - this blog is all about my trip to My Chocolate Workshop in London.

My Chocolate Workshop

Hands up if you're ready to get messy!


We arrived at My Chocolate Workshop fashionably (and slightly embarrassingly) 20 minutes late after a full on marathon from our minor detour to Columbia Road Flower Market.

Amazing by the way - did you see my instagram posts?  If you haven't been, go.

Luckily the first 45 minutes of the chocolate workshop consists of this bubbly lady recounting a well rehearsed history and origins of the mighty holy goodness that is called chocolate - with a few pots of nibbles to taste test in between.

My Chocolate Workshop

After we figured out how to put our aprons on (yep, definitely sat with it round the wrong way for the first 45 minutes) we picked up our chocolate weapons of choice....

My Chocolate Workshop

and carefully began crafting our giant chocolate buttons from a choice of milk and dark chocolate.

The demonstration was performed with skill - super speedy chocolate maneuvers with hardly any chocolate landing in the wrong place...  our attempts had equal finesse.

My Chocolate Workshop

Essentially it involved carefully drizzling two large dollops of milk chocolate on to a sheet of baking parchment and then shuffling the parchment in different directions to create the round shape.

Once that was mastered - the decorating phase could begin!

My Chocolate Workshop

I went for a bounty button, with coconut trim.

My Chocolate Workshop

 and dark chocolate drizzle, obviously neatly executed in the exact pattern I had intended.

My Chocolate Workshop

The buttons came in all shapes, sizes and decorated with nuts, coconut bits and pretty pink flakes.

My Chocolate WorkshopMy Chocolate Workshop

 And well Lynds, nailed it babe! ;-)

My Chocolate Workshop

Possibly the best one of the day.  Abstract chocolate button art right here.

My Chocolate Workshop


We finished up, set the buttons aside to dry and moved onto learning the art of chocolate truffle making!

This took up the second half of the chocolate workshop...

My Chocolate Workshop

And started with carefully poured measures of double cream straight into the melted milk chocolate bowl.

My Chocolate Workshop

and then whipped together.

My Chocolate Workshop

To create a pipe-able truffle mixture.

A little stiff to start (perhaps more cream next time?) but we cheated, rolling the piping bag between our hands to warm up the mixture before executing the 'pipe and wipe'. Yes really, it's called that.

My Chocolate Workshop

I'm sure there is an art to piping truffles... but our attempts did suspiciously resemble little poo-emoji's.

My Chocolate Workshop

Moving on...

The tiny truffle poo-emoji's were then rolled into balls and coated in cocoa powder - done using finger tips only!

Phew, they were starting to look more truffle-like...

My Chocolate Workshop

Very messy, hands-on process!

Followed by a chocolate dunking ceremony...

My Chocolate Workshop

My Chocolate Workshop

The dunking ceremony required a bowl of melted chocolate and a weird 3-pronged fork used to fish each truffle out of the chocolate once evenly coated.

It required plenty of concentration (mostly to not lick my fingers, the bowl or eat each one once I had successfully fished it out!)

My Chocolate Workshop

My Chocolate Workshop

The part I am good at - decorating.  We added a few finishing touches for that extra crunch and took a step back to admire our truffl-icious creations!

My Chocolate Workshop

My Chocolate Workshop

Not bad for a first-go I'd say.

My Chocolate Workshop

My Chocolate Workshop is fantastic experience for all levels, a 2 hour hands-on session with plenty of goodies to take home at the end!

My Chocolate Workshop


And the workshop is based in a bright and airy kitchen space in London about a 20 minute walk from old street station.  They have plenty going on (including chocolate making with the option to add afternoon tea and prosecco!).

Check out the full list of workshops available here.


Amazing day with my fellow baking babes.

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