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Making chocolate fantasies

india Updated: Jul 06, 2011 01:05 IST

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If you fancy chocolates, why not learn to make the sweet delights in some special classes in the city.

Craft And Social Development Organisation
This place offers chocolate-making classes for both hobby and professional purposes. While a hobby class would last for just one day, a professional training in making chocolates would take you about three weeks. Join this institute to learn how to make various types of chocolates such as truffle, hot chocolate and enrobbed chocolate.

Hot chocolate is a specialty of this place, where milk and chocolate is first boiled together with spices like cloves and cardamom and served hot. Enrobbed chocolate, on the other hand, is when ingredients like coconut, peanut butter, almonds, coconut and cookies are covered in thick chocolate and served.

Chocolate Fantasies"We are the only institute in Delhi that teaches how to make hot chocolate. It’s a rare speciality," says Sunita Bhasin, owner of this place. They also teach chocolate decoration, under which, you can learn how to decorate chocolate pieces with chocolate cone, leaves, laces, ribbons and a chocolate rose.

Fee: R1,500 onwards

Address: E-61, First floor, Lajpat Nagar-2

Tel: 9871817711

Chocolat
If you want to learn how to make chocolates just as a hobby, then this is the right place for you. Kavita Bhatia takes a basic course for one day where she teaches eight to ten varieties of chocolates such as caramel, truffle and liquor chocolates. “We teach basic things that are very important, like what temperature to maintain, what fillings to use and how to mould the chocolate into different shapes,” she says. Bhatia teaches how to make milk chocolate, coffee chocolate, nut chocolate and chocolates with semi solid fillings such as jams and jellies.
Fee: R1,200 onwards
Address: B2-707, Silver City, Tower 11, Sector 93 A, Noida.
Tel: 9873430090

Manju Mittal’s Cookery Classes
The classes here are divided into three levels - basic, advance and professional. A basic course is for beginners who are learning chocolate -making as a hobby. This includes making plain chocolates, nut chocolates and simple fillings. There’s also an advance course for those who are planning to take up this art as a profession. This includes advanced learnings such as sophisticated fillings like rum, lemon and fruits with flavours like truffle, coffee and mint. The professional course is for people who are working specifically in this industry. Here, they teach how to make stylised chocolates such as rum with coconut filling, bon bon and creamy layers, as well as proper gift packaging.
Fee: R900 onwards
Address: SD- 268, Tower Apartments, Pitampura
Tel: 9958750995

Chocolate Heaven
Visit this place if you are looking for a personalized class in chocolate-making. Savita Duggal, the owner, tells us that she takes only two students per class so that she can give personal and proper attention to her students. “Sometimes, I even take a single student if there is such a requirement,” says Duggal. They offer a basic course, as well as an advanced course in chocolate-making. While a basic course would teach you varieties like fruit and nut, coffee chocolate and coconut chocolate, an advanced course would help you to learn how to make truffle, rum and raisins and butter scotch. They also teach chocolate gift wrapping.
Fee: R1,500 onwards
Address: M 273, sector 25, Noida
Tel: 9910586368

Rose N Wrap
Among many of the professional training courses this institute offers, one is chocolate-making, where they teach about 30 varieties of chocolate. These range from basic flavours to premium flavours. “Ours is a very interactive class. We make sure that our students practically learn chocolate-making instead of just sitting and watching,” says Shweta Jain of Rose N Wrap. They also teach about chocolate wrapping for different occasions like weddings, anniversaries and Valentine’s Day. Some of the best selling flavours of chocolate taught here are butter scotch and caramel. They hold classes for people from the corporate field as well.
Fee: R1,000 onwards
Address: 187, Sector 4, Gurgaon
Tel: 9810968876