A while back I talked about the Chocolate Museum in Barcelona. It was supposed to be the introduction to a later post about what brought me there in the first place. I just never got round to that. See, they have these fabulous activities there, and being the chocolate lover that I am, I simply could not resist when I saw they were arranging something called "Speaking With Chocolate". A chocolate making workshop in English, great for locals who wanted to practice their English, or for non-Spanish speakers. (Or people like me who wanted a break from Spanish and talk & hear some English!) We were a good mix of locals, tourists and expats.
We had a workstation each with a mould for a chocolate tablet, bombon moulds, some fillings and a hat!
First, the teacher made a big portion of ganache that we would later use to fill our bombons. It was surprisingly easy and took only a couple of minutes. Then it had to cool down an hour or so in the fridge.
In the meantime, we made our chocolate tablets. There was a selection of spices and things we could add to give flavour. Chopped almonds, coconut, peanuts etc. After having chosen our preferred flavours, we paired up and headed over to the machine of deliciousness to get our chocolate. Oh My Goodness! Can I have one of these please?
There was one for dark chocolate and one for white. (I wouldn't mind having one of each.)
I thought I'd try something new, so for my tablet, I added seasalt in one part, then some ginger to another part and pepper to a third part. My partner (as you can see in the photo) LOVED pepper in chocolate, I wasn't quite as brave as him though. He added loads!
I decorated mine with white chocolate haha!
While the tablet cooled off we made "Rocas de chocolate", chocolate-stones.. (!?) Off to the machine of deliciousness we headed once more...
And then it was time for the lollipops! Here we could use the wonderful fresh fruit and berries set out and white or dark chocolate however we preferred.
But we were still not done! It was time for filling our bombons with the previously made ganache. Again we could add fruit, coconut, nuts or spices.
Now we just had to make sure it was all cooled off before we could pack it, cause we got to bring all this home with us. One big tablet of chocolate, 6 ganache-filled bombons, lollipops and rocas de chocolate. Loads of chocolate!! The whole workshop was about 3 hours and included a drink at the end and well, all the chocolate to bring home. It was a GREAT way to spend a Saturday afternoon!
The activity is now called "Chocolating" and is now set up as a 2 hour activity instead of 3, so I suppose the content has changed. Anywyay, if you are interested, info can be found here.