Ashburton Cookery School

Christmas Chocolates

Ashburton Cookery School

Christmas Chocolates

Looking for a unique, creative and thoughtful Christmas gift idea? Our Christmas Chocolate course will teach you to make your own delicious range of chocolates that are perfect for gift giving at Christmas.

On this one-day course, you will learn a technique to temper chocolate at home and the skills to make filled chocolates and dipped chocolate truffles. By the end of the class you will have learned the fundamentals skills to enable you to make professional quality artisan chocolates at home, perfect to give as gifts.

You will create two full boxes of luxury hand-made chocolates and six Christmas Crackers each hiding a decadent Christmas pudding truffle within.

A buffet lunch is provided on this course, and you will take home all the chocolates you have made.

Additional moulds, boxes, packaging, ingredients and Christmas Crackers will be available to order in our shop if you would like to make more gifts at home.

New for 2020

Skills you will learn

  • Chocolate Theory
  • Tempering Chocolate, table-top method
  • Using coloured cocoa butter
  • Hand Filled Chocolates
  • De-moulding hand-made chocolates

Typical Recipes

  • Gingerbread chocolate
  • Fruit and nut chocolate bars
  • After dinner mint chocolate truffles

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Common Questions

You will enjoy a lunch featuring what you have cooked in the morning session along with a glass of wine. Weekend courses (Saturdays) and 5 day courses (on Monday to Thursday) have a lunch and at the end of each day's cooking you will take home any dishes you have made.

Note: On certain courses such as Breadmaking, Baking, Patisserie, Chocolate Making we will provide a buffet lunch and whilst you will take lots home to enjoy, you will need to make provision for dinner as this is not provided.

All of our courses are highly practical and you will spend 90% of your time in the kitchen learning and cooking. We maximise your quality learning time by taking care of time-consuming tasks such as weighing and assembling ingredients and washing up.

This course is at an Intermediate Level. Aimed at the typical home cook. These courses will build your confidence in all areas of the kitchen. You should be familiar with common cookery concepts such as frying, baking, grilling and be able to follow a recipe. No other special skills are required.

The minimum age to take this course is 18 years old unless otherwise specified.

You will need to tell us about any food allergies or special diets at the time of booking. Whilst the course content will stay the same, we will always try and accommodate your requirements with substitutions and alternatives.

We are very familiar with common food allergies and regularly welcome coeliacs, vegetarians and those with gluten-free, dairy-free or religious diets on our courses. Please contact the Customer Service team who will be able to advise you further.

You need to wear sensible footwear with non-slip soles and covered toes. Long hair needs to be tied back; we advise wearing comfortable clothes and not your best outfit. We also recommend wearing trousers.

You don't need to bring anything else with you since everything else is provided. If you wish to bring some containers to take away food you may, but recyclable boxes are provided.

You will receive a Certificate from the Ashburton Cookery School upon completion of this course.

We source as many ingredients from ethical, local suppliers within a 25 mile radius of the cookery school as possible. All our fish, poultry, meat and dairy is sourced from local producers as well as vegetables and English fruit.
We will always prioritise locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and recipes where possible.