Why buy chocolate from a grocery store when you can make your own? Check out one of these classes with your mini chocolate lover and create your own sweet treats!
Curb your sweet tooth by making your own chocolate goodies at one of these classes offered in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Chocolate Works 1401 Lexington Ave., Upper East Side (multiple locations) WHERE: WHAT: Kids will enjoy molding and designing their own unique chocolate creations—the possibilities are endless! There are also chocolate pizza, candy jewelry, and other workshops offered at this location. WANT TO GO? 212-289-8800; chocolateworks.com.
International Culinary Center WHERE: 462 Broadway, Soho WHAT: The International Culinary Center (ICC) hosts a five-session workshop dedicated to making chocolate candy and confections. You will learn how to temper, mold, and dip chocolate to create truffles, bonbons, and more. As a bonus, you and your family will receive a tool kit, uniform, and books and supplies when you sign up for the class. WANT TO GO? 888-324-2433; internationalculinarycenter.com.
JoMart Chocolates WHERE: 2917 Ave. R, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn WHAT: All workshops are led by owner Michael Rogak—a third generation chocolate maker who inherited the shop from his father. Families can opt for a group chocolate making class or private workshop. The chocolate classes are four-week sessions that go over an introduction to chocolate, molding and tempering, hand-dipping, and making truffles. WANT TO GO? 718-375-1277; jomartchocolates.com.
Raaka Chocolate WHERE: 64 Seabring St., Red Hook, Brooklyn WHAT: Each Saturday and Sunday, see the bean-to-bar process at the chocolate shop’s factory, where the raw cacao beans are grounded up. Then, load the stone grinders with raw ingredients and create your very own chocolate bar. WANT TO GO? 855-255-3354; raakachocolate.com.
Roni-Sue's Chocolates WHERE: 148 Forsyth St., Lower East Side WHAT: With small class sizes, you and your family will learn about the shop’s bean-to-bar process and will make buttercrunch toffee and truffles. WANT TO GO? 212-677-1216; roni-sue.com.
Tache Chocolate WHERE: 254 Broome St., Lower East Side WHAT: Children ages 3 and older with an adult can make custom chocolates such as mustache lollipops, chocolate bars, and other delicacies. Learn how to cultivate, temper, taste, and coat your chocolate in the in-house chocolate factory. WANT TO GO? 212-473-3200; tachechocolate.com.
Voilà Chocolat WHERE: 212 W. 79th St., Upper West Side WHAT: From chocolate lollipops to 3-D molding, mendiants, and customized plaques, kids will love personalizing their dark, milk, or white chocolate treats in one of the 9 classes. At the end of each session, you can either have your product wrapped in a decorated box of your choosing, or eat it on the spot. WANT TO GO? 212-920-8799; voila-chocolat.com.
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Main image: Most of the chocolate-making classes teach visitors how to make truffles.
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