"What is better than chocolate? Real chocolate!"
This is the most important take away from this workshop. And not just know but also experience it through your taste buds. In the Hands-On Artisan Chocolate Making Workshop, you get to make you own delicious chocolate under the guidance of Rachna Agarwal and get enriched by some real-time anecdotes about chocolate.
Rachna is a Gold Medalist from IHM Pusa and an award winning Pastry Chef and Chocolatier. She has been teaching the art of chocolate making since years and specializes in French desserts and Sugar Flowers. She represents the 32 Degree Chocolate Studio and has been working with them since 2014. She believes and promotes the use of original chocolate, the difference being – cocoa butter and hydrogenated fats, for the benefit of your heart, your health and your body which cannot dissolve hard fat.
The workshop was hosted at this cool venue called the Harkat Studios which is situated in the quaint Aaram Nagar, Versova. Harkat can be called cool because they host many other amazing things apart from this delicious chocolate making workshop. They are all for natural and hence they have an organic market set-up every Sunday. They also give you a peaceful workplace during the weekdays and host and curate experiences in their alternative performance space, in an effort to try and make this world a little better of a place to tolerate. You can check what is happening at Harkat Studios, Mumbai next on BookMyShow.
The workshop is called Artisan because they use real chocolate (the cocoa butter one) to make all the chocolates and it is all made in the kitchen. The workshop started with an introduction on chocolate and all that will be covered in the workshop. We were made to wear aprons as chocolate is only good when it gets messy, otherwise, it is not good chocolate. We were taught the method of tempering and molding with different kind of chocolates and we made Marbled Moulded Chocolates, Irish Cream Ganache Bon-Bons, Plain Dark Chocolates, Hazelnut and Berry Barks, Orange Fire and Toasted Almond Truffles. Yes, we actually made all of this (under Rachna's guidance, of course) and they all looked as delicious as they taste. It gets messy, yes, but it is all worth it.
Even though the best part of a chocolate making workshop is the chocolate but this one has other things to value as well. The motto of this workshop apart from teaching chocolate making is to promote original and healthy chocolate. They tell you the differentiation between mock and real chocolate along with other things you need to keep in mind before, while, and after making the chocolate. They also tell you about the best products you can use (without any branding), all the equipment you'll need, their contact in case you have any chocolate related query after the workshop and give you a written version of the workshop along with all of it.
The results were delicious looking and tasted heavenly. The best part of chocolate making is eating the chocolate, indeed.
Things to keep in mind while attending this chocolate workshop:
– Be an enthusiast about chocolate and enjoy getting messy.
– Be open-minded and ready to experiment with flavors like orange and chilly in the chocolate.