My friend and I bought a Groupon for a Chocolate Making Class at Cocoa Nymph‘s new location! They have two stores and recently opened a new branch on East 7th and Ontario. We got the deal for $35/person instead of the regular price of $70. We’ve heard raving reviews about their chocolates, so we were excited to go behind the scenes and make our own truffles!
The class is from 2-4:30, and we spent the first part of class learning the history of chocolate and how it’s actually made. Making chocolate is definitely a lot harder than I thought. Our very own Vancouver Aquarium actually has a cocoa tree! After our lesson, the real fun stuff began as we headed to the back of their kitchen for some hands on chocolate making.
First, we did a bit of taste testing and tried some chocolate that originated from various countries. The yellow bits on the far left of the picture is pure cocoa butter, and it tastes quite waxy and fat. Then we have some dark chocolate from Mexico, Cuba, and other exotic places I forgot. The little brown bits on the right are cocoa nibs. The long bar of chocolate at the very right is the ganache which is the centre of the truffles we will be making.
To begin, we started breaking the ganache and molding it into small bits. We were given cookie cutters to shape our ganache, but I failed to make nice shapes, so I just made squares or rolled them into balls. After I made separate ganache pieces, they were dipped in 100% chocolate!
Dipping the chocolate was not easy either, it was a goopy mess! After dipping the ganace in the chocolate, we could decorate them with strawberry chooclate pieces, cocoa nibs, cocoa powder, or these little plastic sheets that adds pattern on the top of the truffle!
After they were all decorated, the chocolate truffles were placed in the fridge for around 5 minutes, then they were ready to be taken out and boxed! The plastic sheets are peeled off after taking the chocolates out of the fridge. I love the heart pattern!
I had three more chooclates that couldn’t fit in the box, so I thought, why not, and ate them in store! They were delicious for every chocolate lover and every dark chocolate lover, which is me!
The Chocolate Making Class was such a fun cooking experience! It’s a really good deal if you find a groupon deal on it, since a truffle costs around $2/piece at Cocoa Nymph and I made 18 (in box) plus another 3 which I consumed, which is 21 pieces! They’re also a great homemade gift for anyone special! (Also, in store purchases during the day of the class gets a 10% discount!)
Also, the chocolates don’t have to be fridged and can be left in room temperature for a week. Needless, they were all devoured by the second day! Being a true chocolatier is a talent; my truffles had awkward sizes and randomized placement of toppings; but nevertheless fun! Definitely try out the class or chocolate at Cocoa Nymph.
Hope I made you all hungry!