Chocolate Alchemy Ltd Workshop

‘Chocolate Alchemy Ltd’ can only be described as a sweet paradise, so when the opportunity arose to attend one of their workshops I just couldn’t resist. It was an amazing experience and I cannot recommend booking yourself into one of their classes enough (details at the bottom of the post) but for now relax and enjoy reading all about it.*
*Warning: I suggest you have some chocolate at the ready, huge cravings are about to commence.

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Seriously…. how could anyone resist this!

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The lovely Dan (manager & director) and I

As I walked in, the wonderful aroma of melted chocolate filled the air and I was greeted by the sights of freshly baked chocolate cakes and cookies, slabs of heavenly chocolate and delectable truffles. Lloyd, my chocolatier for the afternoon, greeted me with a big friendly smile and offered me a drink before we moved on upstairs to the workshop where all the chocolate-making fun happens.
The workshop began with a short lesson about the production of chocolate (starting right back to the cocoa pod!), where it comes from in the world and what ingredients are needed to create pure, organic, good quality chocolate.  I have always wondered about how chocolate is actually made, therefore I found the whole thing very interesting and it certainly made me appreciate how much work goes into making just one bar! I was totally impressed with my chocolatier who knew literally everything about chocolate and who kept the whole lesson fun, exciting and very enjoyable.
I then sampled chocolate from all over the world which obviously I LOVED! My least favourite being 100% dark chocolate (eeek) and my favourite being the 71% dark chocolate from Ecuodor (mmmmmm).

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The chocolate testing box!

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Up next it was chocolate making time and with the help of my chocolatier I first made devilish dark chocolate truffles. Lately I have become a big fan of dark chocolate, not only because of its bitter rich taste but also because of the healthy benefits linked to it. For example, it can help prevent heart disease, it is full of antioxidants and can even aid weight loss – yes really!!! Anyway, more importantly I present to you the making of my ‘Dark-choc Truffle Bombs’…
Take one block of hardened dark chocolate ganache and cut it into small chunksSONY DSC
Roll chunks into truffle balls and sprinkled with cocoa powder. Leave to harden in the fridge for 10 mins, remove and coat in melted dark chocolateSONY DSC
 Roll around in more cocoa powder… et voilà!SONY DSC
After I had mastered the art of truffle making, Lloyd taught me how to create my own chocolates. I’d always thought chocolate making would be time consuming and difficult, but actually it was incredibly simple and the result was amazing! Recently I have become a little obsessed with chocolate orange, so when it came to deciding upon flavour it was a no brainer. I chose a simple orange oil natural flavouring to create (what I like to call) ‘Milk choc-orange Jessie Bites’ deeeeeelicous.
Start by melting organic milk chocolate….
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Fill a chocolate mould with the melted chocolate…SONY DSC
Use a scraper to remove any excess…SONY DSC
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Tip the mould over and tap lightly until the chocolate stops dripping out…SONY DSC
Place the chocolate shells in the fridge to harden…SONY DSC 
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Recipe for my ‘Milk Chocolate Orange Ganache’:

3 parts Chocolate Alchemy Milk chocolate*  to 1 part heavy cream (3:2)
*buy it here
Break chocolate into chunks and put in a heat resistant bowl. Heat cream in a saucepan until piping hot. Remove cream from the stovetop and add it to the chocolate. Stir to combine until all the chocolate is melted. Stir in a few drops of orange oil and leave to cool at room temperature before transferring to a piping bag.
Pipe the ganache into your hardened chocolate shells leaving a few millimeters gap from the top.SONY DSC
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Place back in the fridge for 10 minutes to cool. Finally, to cap the chocolates fill the mould again with melted milk chocolate and scrape of any excess. Leave to cool in the fridge. Once chocolates are hard tip the mould upside down and lightly tap to release chocolates. The result….
SONY DSCWhilst my chocolates were cooling I was offered even more to eat! Thankfully I had been to the gym in the morning because it really was a chocolate feast. I chose two chocolates from the counter downstairs (this took a long time as they all looked so tempting) and indulged in drinking a ‘Ciocchino’ – a thick, silky smooth, luxurious sipping chocolate.

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The ‘Ciocchino’ SONY DSC

Me thinking ‘this is ammaaaaaaaaaaazing’. If you haven’t yet tried a Ciocchino then you are seriously missing out!SONY DSC

After I had bagged, boxed and wrapped my chocolates it was unfortunately time to go home. The whole experience was flawless from start to finish, all the staff at ‘Chocolate Alchemy Ltd’ are friendly, welcoming and extremely passionate about making each customers visit special and personal.
I walked home carrying my handmade chocolate delights feeling happy, educated and 10 pounds heavier. Thank you ‘Chocolate Alchemy’ for a fabulous experience I will be seeing you again very soon!

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For further information about workshops and prices visit:
http://www.chocolate-alchemy.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chalchemy?fref=ts
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Chocalchemy
Chocolate Alchemy Ltd
5 Churchgate Mews
Loughborough
Leicestershire
LE11 1TZ
01509 238113
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