Over the holidays, my family decided we wanted to spend money on an experience together, rather than get each other individual gifts. After some consideration, we agreed on taking culinary classes at a local speciality foods store. (It’s like a high-end grocery store.) And of course, the theme of the class we chose was chocolate.
The first decadent treat we created were truffles. We split up into two groups: one for the actual truffle and the other for the pretty extras. My mother and I started by chopping up an assortment of nuts and getting the different toppings prepped.
After the truffles had cooled, we used the most adorable tiny melon scoopers. I learned that’s it’s a challenge to create perfectly spherical truffles like you see in candy displays without getting your hands (deliciously) messy.
After that, we got the chance to make blondies (white chocolate brownies) and we added A LOT of chocolate.
I really loved how organized and friendly the chefs were. It almost felt as if we were on a cooking show as everything was already perfectly measured out and neat. And, there was a television at the front of the room.
Overall, it was a lovely experience and something I hope I can do again. Though I do feel a bit guilty for eating all that chocolate.
Happy Valentine’s Day!