Hotel Chocolat Masterclass and Tasting

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Hotel Chocolat Masterclass and Tasting

Get a hands-on masterclass in the creation of chocolate with the experts from Hotel Chocolat at this special event which will get you from bean to bar in no time. As well as making your own melt-in-the-mouth treat you'll taste a selection of different types and flavours, and a glass of champagne is included in the ticket price, too.

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Tastemaker

Venturing downstairs at the Hotel Chocolat store on the edge of Covent Garden you will find an underground chocolatey lair (technically a restaurant) which is also where their Masterclass and Tasting sessions take place. After a prosecco-fueled welcome, you are talked through the history and process of making chocolate. A number of chocolate samples accompanying the talk highlight how the differing cocoa beans and their surroundings result in the specific flavours. The evening culminates in a live demonstration of the methods of the chocolatier, along with the opportunity to roll up your sleeves and get involved creating your own small chocolate bars from treated beans.

These are then yours to take away along with some further professional samples, though not too many. On that count, if your interest in chocolate is predominantly consumption based you may feel a little short-changed, but as unique and very chocolatey experience, this is a relaxing, informative and thoroughly enjoyable evening.


tastemaker

I've never done anything like this before, however visiting the basement bar at the prestigious Hotel Chocolat seemed like too good an opportunity to miss. On the door, I was greeted by a glass of prosecco and someone offering to take my coat. One thing I will say for the opportunity is that all of the staff, for the entirety of the experience were charming, friendly and accommodating and that all of the guests were made to feel incredibly comfortable. 


The evening started off with a long talk, that explained to process that took chocolate literally from bean to bar, as well as the different types of bean that Hotel Chocolat use. Whilst the talk went on there were opportunities to taste the various components. The chocolatier who gave the speech was very friendly and witty, making the information interesting and informative.


However, this is where the fun ended for me. When the speech came to an end, it was our opportunity to make chocolate of our own. However as you can imagine, grinding beans by hand is rather time consuming and quite boring. I also felt as though we had been somewhat left to our own devices. I had no idea what consistency the ground beans were supposed to have and with no one to ask, the novelty soon wore off. The only interaction was when the staff came round to add melted chocolate (then it was back to grinding) before the chocolate was poured into moulds and whisked away. That was it. 


At the end of the night, everyone was presented with a goodybag that included the chocolate we had made, as well as some extras (a couple of extra bars etc) but for the extortionate price (£65) I felt that a couple of glasses of prosecco and some chocolate didn't really scream of an evening that was value for money. Perhaps best left to those who are completely chocolate mad. 

tastemaker

My mum and I experienced the Bean-to-Bar Experience at Hotel Chocolat's chocolate vaults and were met by friendly staff and Prosecco (recommended as a palette cleanser between tastings!) And there were a few tastings accompanying the head chocolatier's insightful introduction into the world of their chocolate-making process. 


My favourite part however, was actually getting to make our own chocolate bars! You're guided through the hands-on process and taught to look out for signs of the perfect texture, colour, and sound. Finally, there's opportunity for a Q&A session and everyone is handed a goody bag with some more delicious tasters. 


In a nutshell, this was a fun, interactive experience, perfect for a midweek treat (after payday!) – and especially for those with an epic love for dark chocolate. I definitely left with a much greater appreciation of chocolate, and a desire to devour my goody bag all at once... Personal favourite? The 72% dark chocolate from Honduras was incredible. 

tastemaker
A chocoholics heaven! My mum and I went along to their bean to bar chocolate masterclass and had a great night from start to finish. On arrival to the underground cave like room, which was underneath the shop itself, we were presented with a glass of prosecco each. The class itself was very informative and taught me so much I never knew about cocoa beans and how they are used to make chocolate. However, the best part of the class for me was the actual chocolate making itself! We were given all of the ingredients we had just learnt about and individually mixed, added, crushed and moulded until our very own chocolate bars were created! They were then given to us in our very own goodie bags which contained several other treats. The class was great fun and we were smiling from start to finish. All the staff involved on the night were very friendly and super attentive - my prosecco was being topped up throughout the night! The head chocolatier delivering the class was very knowledgable and even offered to walk guests around the chocolate kitchen after the class had finished. This was definitely a great experience and one not to be missed! 
Tastemaker

An enjoyable event starting off with a glass of prosecco, and we learnt the process of bean to bar. A great present for any chocolate enthusiast. 

We received 1 bit (square) of chocolate from 3 different types of bar to taste. I would have loved to sample more of their chocolates that they sell, as i tend to buy the same ones so it would be a good time to try new flavours.

We then made our own bar of chocolate which was fun though tiring on the arms. 

Finally we received a glass of chocolate shell tea which was refreshing.

We all received a goodybag of 2 bars of their chocolate, the one we made, a coconut shell teabag and a voucher for 10% off.

Timeout has an offer for this masterclass at the moment so its worth giving it a go

tastemaker

From 'Tree to Bean' was a great experience at Hotel Chocolate where you learn about cacao from the harvesting, fermentation, drying process, roasting, kibbling, grinding, mixing, refining, conching and tempering. Throughout the evening you are served Prosecco whilst tasting a few different plain chocolates slabs throughout the talk on cacao then onto making your chocolate bar by grinding nibs in a pestal and mortar, be warned though takes a while to grind up the nibs and by the end of it my wrist was aching but was really worth it when I finally saw my homemade bar that I made right from scratch. At the end you are also given a goody bag with a few slabs of chocolate to take home and a chocolate infused tea bag.  I would recommend doing this class however I would of loved to of learnt more about how Hotel Chocolate comes up with their unique chocolate creations ie their Lemon Cheesecake chocolate etc. and I would of loved to of had samples of Hotel Chocolates unique creations rather than just the plain chocolate slabs that we tasted through the evening.  I also feel that the class is quite pricy for what you actually do and get out of the evening so I do feel that they need to lower the price of their experience even though it was interesting and fun.