Whether you’re eager to try your hand at a masterclass and learn Maître Chocolatier-like skills (such as tempering chocolate and how to make chocolate shards) or would simply like to indulge in a tasting flight using all five senses, these Canada-wide activities are sure to leave you with a new culinary trick or two.
1. Visit a Lindt Maître Chocolatier Station
Maître Chocolatier Stations at select Lindt Chocolate Shop locations across Canada allow you to truly immerse yourself in all the flavours Lindt has to offer. Best of all, you can have one of their Maître Chocolatiers create your own, customized bar with different flavours and toppings. (Tip: they make the perfect hostess gift when paired with wine!) Before you leave, make sure to tap into the knowledge of expert Lindt staff for all those sweet chocolate-related questions.
2. Dive deeper at Toronto’s George Brown College
This school is the go-to spot for everything from artisanal bread baking to sommelier lessons, so it’s no surprise the college offers an extensive list of chocolate classes, too. Options range from a professional chocolatier certificate to courses that specialize in chocolate confections like pralines and molded bonbons. There’s even a chocolate theory class for those with a studious sweet tooth. Classes run every few months and are led by some of Toronto’s top instructors.
3. Try a tasting flight at Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Why should tasting flights be limited to wines and spirits? At Fairmont Whistler’s Mallard Lounge and Terrace, dessert takes a delicious turn with a sampling of the executive pastry chef’s favourite confections. Artisanal flavours range from dried apricot and cherry to marbled milk and white chocolate with vanilla beans. Sit outside by the crackling fires and swap tasting notes (and stories!) with fellow guests.
4. Learn from a pro at Montreal’s La Guilde Culinaire
This popular culinary boutique in Montreal’s Little Italy neighbourhood offers all sorts of cooking classes in both French and English. Their chocolate courses are led by master chocolatier and pastry chef Philippe Vancayseele. He takes students step-by-step through making fine chocolate bonbons, raspberry ganache and simpler techniques like tempering. And the best part? The whole experience is accompanied by a wine degustation!
5. Cover the basics at a chocolate-making class in Calgary
This beginner’s class at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) introduces must-have skills to help any home cook elevate their kitchen skills. Those who are a little more advanced might opt for the bean-to-bar course, in which students learn how to make a small batch of their very own chocolate.