Hotel Chocolat employees can enrol themselves on to Hotel Chocolat’s School of Chocolate ‘Chocolate Diploma’ which is a year-long online course designed to help improve chocolate knowledge. The modules start at ‘The History of Chocolate’ and go right through to ‘Chocolate Production’.
For the final task in the diploma the students had the really hard assignment of spending a day at Hotel Chocolat’s factory in Cambridgeshire where they were given the brief to design, and then make their own chocolate! The day started with the chocolatier’s talking through how they design chocolates from the brief, what ingredients they use (all natural!) and why they use certain products (who knew that green chocolate contained spinach or nettles?!). Then the fun began with making the chocolates – tempering chocolate is far harder that the experts make it look!!
The chocolate that was chosen in the ‘Nibblatron’ group was “Dark Chocolate with Wasabi” and lots of fun was had making the chocolate with plenty of discussion on how much wasabi should be included, and what the decoration should look like! The director’s had the (hard) job of tasting all the diploma chocolates, and ones that are good enough may even appear in a future Tasting Club box – watch this space!