Charlotte and The Chocolate Shed
Last Saturday Charlotte and I were kindly invited to a Christmas Chocolate Workshop at the gorgeous Chocolate Shed in Wootton Wawen, near Henley in Arden. Three of my favourite words rolled into one. (I’m a project manager at heart – i love a good workshop!).
I have been lusting after Henley Chocolates ever since i saw the beautiful packaging at a chocolate festival in my home town of Warwick. When I then found out it was run by a fellow mum, who I’d met at baby coffee mornings when our children were tiny babies, I was even more excited to support this local business.
The Chocolate Shed is the brilliant addition to Henley Chocolates repertoire, who run a number of workshops for children and adults alike. All revolving around their delicious, sustainably made chocolate and in a gorgoeus, converted barn building
Getting stuck in
Our chocolate workshop was for adults and children but they also do workshops just for kids – so the parents can go and have a wander round the rest of the independent shops in Yew Tree Farm. And just for adults – where you can make posh truffles or maybe even your own wedding favours for a hen do.
Abby, our host and chocolatiere for the day was fantastic with the children. Ensuring there were no squabbles over chocolate swirls or any mix up of marshmallows. And, despite me bringing along a slightly hangry 7 year old, Abby managed to head off a melt down with the lure of more chocolate and some wiggly dance moves to make sure there were no more air bubbles left in the chocolate. The rest of the team were also really friendly and the whole afternoon ran smoothly…just like their chocolate!
As this was a Christmas themed workshop we painted Christmas chocolate shapes with edible paint, we piped chritmas shapes with tempered white chocolate (which is the best white chocolate I’ve ever tasted), we decorated them with all sorts of sprinkles (gluten free of course) and added all these pieces to a deep pool of milk chocolate to create a ‘Christmas Scene’. The children also got a visit from the man himself, Father Christmas and was given a present to take home. Along with the amazing scene we had just made.
Get booked in!
We both had a fantastic time and will definitely be booking in for other workshops in the new year. There’s still spaces for Santa’s Chocolate Making Experience on 22nd December – perfect to get you and your family in the Christmas spirit…and to keep the kiddiwinks occupied for a few hours in the run up to Christmas.
If you ‘d like to find out more head over to The Chocolate Shed’s website here.
Disclosure: We were gifted this amazing workshop experience from The Chocolate Shed in exchange for this blog post.