This course is very close to our hearts as it teaches youth the traditional Mayan processes we use to make our single-origin stone-ground chocolate. Chocolate Maker and Expert, Patricia Tsai, will teach students where cacao comes from and the chocolate making process starting from the tree-to-pod to bean-to-bar. Each Oompa Loompa-To-Be will get to make and take home their very own custom bars, with a chance to have their creation become one our our Limited Edition Bars!
Class Structure & What’s included
We open with a brief history of cacao and chocolate all the way back to the Mayan and Aztec people of Mesoamerica. Oompa Loompas-To-Be will be passing around and examining the various components of chocolate and seeing it with their very own eyes! They will learn to establish a real and physical relationship with the beginnings of where chocolate comes from and being immersed in a jungle. They will then taste-test the difference between European style chocolate and Mexican Stone-Ground chocolate and learn the difference between chocolatier and chocolate maker.
Students will get hands-on experience with the traditional techniques and tricks of roasting, winnowing, grinding and shaping chocolate bars. Each Chocolate Maker-to-be can choose the various ingredients they want to include in their very own custom chocolate bars!