Last year I finally got to attend a Cocoa Crystal (fna Cheeky Cacao) Workshop, I had wanted to go to one for ages and managed to attend the one before Christmas on the 19th of Dec. I did plan on doing a write-up before the new year but didn’t get around to it. It was too good not to write about so I decided to get my act together and make time now.
Work with the world’s finest, Peruvian cacao in our hands on workshops. Learn to temper your own chocolate from scratch just like real chocolatiers, using traditional methods and equipment. Learn fascinating facts, the history, the culture and science of chocolate!
The workshops always take place at the North Laine Brewhouse in Brighton, which is a really cool, chilled out setting. Was incredibly busy that night with it being so close to Christmas but It’s a pub in Brighton so I wasn’t exactly expecting a quiet, tranquil atmosphere. I kicked my anxieties ass that night with being on my own in a place with so many people and not knowing anyone. Went home feeling proud (and hungry ha). You should for sure eat before you go, you definitely work up an appetite.
The workshops happen on Tuesday nights in the pub for around 2 hours. They’re hosted by the fun and lovely Emily who is very knowledgeable and great at what she does.?All ingredients are organic, vegan, free from?refined cane sugar, gluten, palm oil, additives or preservatives. Things that are very important to me.
When I arrived I wasn’t sure what to expect and felt really awkward at the start being on my own but I decided to try to relax and go with it. You do the workshop in pairs so it kind of forces you out of your comfort zone a bit which I thought was great. And because the chocolate is vegan I thought I would find at least one other vegan there beside me. Luckily for me, the woman I was partnered up with (Claire) was vegan and we got along very well and had a great time.
It was fun to make the chocolate on marble slabs and to temper it properly. It’s always good to learn more about chocolate and to perfect your technique if you’re into chocolate and cooking. I hadn’t?made chocolate this way for a while so was definitely a little rusty. I think my presentation in what I make could definitely use some work. My problem is I just want to shove it in my gob so nothing ever sits on a plate for long ha.
You get a complimentary glass of prosecco (I gave mine away as I don’t drink) and you get to take your heart chocolates and truffles home with you. They make a lovely gift or you can just scoff the lot yourself (I did).
Cocoa Crystal (Fna Cheeky Cacao)
Perfect for foodies, corporate events, celebrations, or date night. If making chocolate and getting messy in a fun, relaxed environment sounds good to you then you should definitely check out their next event. I highly recommend these workshops!
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