Using our high-quality chocolate is a great start, but if you want to learn more about working with the decadent ingredient then consider one of these chocolate-filled activities. From classes for beginners to professionals, these cross-Canada expert-led offerings will elevate your sweet skills in the kitchen.
1. Lindt Maître Chocolatier Stations (visit Lindt.ca for locations)
Head to one of the Lindt Chocolate Shops that features a Maître Chocolatier Station and have one of our Maître Chocolatiers craft your very own custom Lindt bar. Choose a combination of your favourite chocolates (milk, dark or white) and they’ll develop your unique creation with additional toppings available for you to choose, or by writing a custom message onto your bar. You can even try hand-dipped fresh strawberries or Lindt’s delicious hot chocolate that’s topped with decadent chocolate shavings. Lindt’s Maître Chocolatier Station locations include: The Shops at Don Mills, Toronto Path, Toronto Eaton Centre, Yorkdale, HBC Rideau Centre, Montreal Eaton Centre and Carrefour Laval.
2. Sweet Lollapalooza (Edmonton)
This artisanal store was founded by internationally recognized chef-turned-chocolatier Brett Roy. Specializing in trendy techniques like colourful cocoa butter painting – Sweet Lollapalooza will give you a few tricks for flexing your artistic culinary side.
3. Chocolate Tales (Toronto)
A team of true chocolate enthusiasts, Chocolate Tales holds workshops at different locations around Toronto, Hamilton and Niagara. They offer an extensive range of different workshops every week, from chocolate making to classes based on savoury cacao recipes. They even host corporate events or will come to your home – a great option if you’re planning a kid’s birthday celebration.
4. Chocolate Academy (Montreal)
Aimed at those with some previous chocolate or baking knowledge, Montreal’s Chocolate Academy offers specialized workshops, including an entire class dedicated to the art of ganache. The school also houses a creative studio for professionals (or aspiring pros) who would like to experiment and develop their own recipes.
5. Ecole Chocolate (Vancouver)
From classes on how to use chocolate moulds to intensive three-month professional courses, this Vancouver school is for true cacao aficionados. Also, with in-person and online classes, it’s perfect for Canadians with limited time, mobility or in remote locations. A tip for all chocolate-lovers: Download the school’s app, called Chocomap – it finds your closest chocolate stores, wherever you are in the world, and it’s complete with photos and user ratings.