CHOCOLATE! I’ve got your attention, haven’t I?!
Chocolate is one of those things that unites us all – you’re never too old to enjoy a chocolate (or five!) – and Hotel Chocolat has to be one of the best!
Back when we were students in York, hubby used to buy me a little treat from Hotel Chocolat whenever we’d handed in the terms’ assignments so it always makes me smile!
Hotel Chocolat School Of Chocolate
Well now, Hotel Chocolat have opened their very own School Of Chocolate! And our family was invited over to the Chocolate Metropolis in Leeds to try out the Children’s Chocolate Workshop.
Right from the start, it was hands-on!
- The kids learnt all about cocoa pods (did you know they can be red, green, orange, yellow, and even purple!) and got to have a feel of one
- Then they crushed their own cocoa beans to get out the cocoa nip
- And then they rubbed cocoa butter over their hands to get a proper feel of it
The class was run by Resident Chocolatier, Dan, and his sidekick, Sam. Both were brilliant with the kids and made sure everyone in the group was involved and enjoying it.
I think my favourite bit was watching the kids’ faces when Dan lifted a jug of melted chocolate above his head and poured it out onto the table! This is how they temper the chocolate but the children were horrified! Hahaha.
And then it was time for tasting! Mmmmm!
Our favourite was the Caramel Chocolate – deliciously creamy, it just melted in the mouth! In fact we loved it so much, we bought ourselves a Hotel Chocolat advent calendar (anyone attending the School of Chocolate gets 10% off in the shop afterwards!).
Then the children got to decorate their own Hotel Chocolat slabs. There were sprinkles, rice puffs, chocolate buttons, marshmallows and so much more, all to be stuck on with melted white chocolate.
As you can imagine, it was great fun (and ever-so-slightly messy!)
I think at 3 years old, Charis was a slightly too young for the talking bit, but she loved playing with the chocolate (and eating it, obvs!). At 6, Jenny was the perfect age!
- Currently available in Leeds and London
- £20 per child
- Book online
- Event lasts 1hr 15min
- Hot chocolate on arrival
- 10% off in the shop
- Goody bag at the end (delicious!)
- Private parties available for 6-25 kids
Jenny has already declared that she wants to have her birthday party there next month (and you can’t get higher praise than that).
But I’ve since found out Hotel Chocolat also offer evening events for adults with a glass of Prosecco thrown in. So hubby, if you’re reading this, I’m just remind you that it’s my birthday next month too…!
Disclosure: We were invited to the Children’s Chocolate Workshop in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own. For more info, check out my disclosure policy.
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