Chocolate Making Class at ChocoLee

Through the years, I’ve baked a lot of cookies and brownies and macaroons. I’ve rolled a lot of cake balls and truffles and bonbons. I’ve made fancy-sounding desserts, and easy no-bake ones, and even my own birthday cake. But I’ve never – in spite of my chocoholic title – made chocolates.

You know what I mean, those chocolates in a box that Forrest really likes. The ones that look like those candies on my blog masthead (see upper right portion of this page). The ones that are filled with ganache, with a thin, smooth, shiny coating.

So I was so happy to learn how to make chocolates at the chocolate making class at ChocoLee.

ChocoLee is a little chocolate shop in the South End, and they offer chocolate making classes on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings.

I was there a couple of weekends ago and we made bark, truffles, and filled candy, and left with a box of our handiwork. I learned so much in the three hours, like how to temper chocolate, what’s the best kind to use to coat truffles, how to use those pretty printed designs, and how to work with molds (and that no one wants air bubbles). Look how a couple of the chocolates below have teeny holes – those are from the air bubbles. Just because they don’t look perfect though, doesn’t mean they didn’t taste sublime!

Lee Napoli, ChocoLee proprietess, was a joy to work with – she made each and every one of the students feel at ease. We had a mix of talents and experience in our group, and it was really fun working with so many fellow chocolate fans.

We used Callebaut chocolate for our “projects” – I really loved the plain milk chocolate. I worked with it a lot that day (and had my fair share of samples), from chopping it up to really small pieces, to making the chocolate ganache, to making the chocolate molds, filling them, making the base/bottom. This adorable pear-shaped one was my favorite, because I worked on it from start to finish.

I am very proud of the chocolates we made, and I can’t wait to try making my own at home soon!

Have you ever attended a cooking/baking class? What’s your favorite?


34 Responses to “Chocolate Making Class at ChocoLee”

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    Amy posted March 14, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Oh boy, now I have a MAJOR chocolate craving. Air bubbles or not those look amazing. I would love to go take this class, I’ll have to look into it! I really enjoyed the cocktail making class we did at The Boston Shaker, not quite a cooking/baking class, but was awesome. I would love to bring home some chocolates from this class and have them with a Hemingway Daiquiri that I learned to make in the cocktail class! :)

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 14, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      Chocolate and cocktail party! That sounds awesome :)

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    Mal @ The Chic Geek posted March 14, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    How fun! I need to go check this shop out, I hadn’t heard of it before

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    Erica @ In and Around Town posted March 14, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Those look so professional, I am so impressed – I don’t see any holes. Looks like such a fun class!

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    Kathryn posted March 14, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    I’d love to take a class like this, it sounds so much fun! And your chocolates look completely professional.

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    Colleen @ Culinary Colleen posted March 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Your chocolates look beautiful! I always see those cooking and wine tasting classes at Dave’s and Formaggio’s and mean to sign up, but then I never get around to it. What I should really do is sign up for some kind of chocolate or baking class like this…I’m definitely lacking in dessert skills!

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 14, 2012 at 3:33 pm

      Thanks Colleen! I want to try one of those cooking classes too, or maybe the ones from Flour or Oleana.

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    Michelle Collins posted March 14, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    This looks so fun! We took a pasta-making class last year, and I absolutely loved it. Now I just need to buy my own pasta-making machine!

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 14, 2012 at 3:33 pm

      A pasta-making class sounds pretty good to me too!

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    Samantha Angela posted March 14, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    You MADE those??

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 14, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      Heehee Samantha, yes! Well, not just me, but me and the rest of the students in class :)

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    Claire @ Live and Love to Eat posted March 14, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Those look amazing! Sounds like a chemistry experiment!

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    MelissaNibbles posted March 14, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Your creations look fabulous. This must’ve been a dream come true for you haha!

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 14, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      Haha yes I was giddy and giggling the whole time!

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    Elizabeth posted March 14, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Gorgeous! A lot more intricate than the ones I made at my class

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    Taryn posted March 14, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    I just got vouchers to this class for my Mom and I for a Mothers Day treat, so I’m SO glad to hear it was fun! I’ve met Lee before and she’s a very sweet woman, and her store has some INCREDIBLE treats – thanks for the review!

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    Simply Life posted March 14, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    I love that you got to go to a class- this sounds like so much fun!

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    Megan posted March 14, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Your chocolates look beautiful. There was just a deal for classes there and my friend wanted to get it, but I’m so stressed with moving that I passed up the opportunity. Regretting it now after seeing these gorgeous chocolates!

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    Joanne posted March 14, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Now THAT sounds like a super useful and awesome baking class! I wish there were one like that here in NYC…

    Your chocolates look awesome, girl! They look like they came right out of a chocolatier’s.

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    Meghan posted March 15, 2012 at 7:55 am

    These are so stunning! Somehow with my baking history, I don’t think mine would come out quite as nice :)

    This looks like a fab time.

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted March 15, 2012 at 8:43 am

    These are amazing, Bianca!!What a fun experience.

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    Michelle posted March 15, 2012 at 8:59 am

    I took a truffle making class and mine were definitely NOT as pretty as yours. So beautiful!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking posted March 15, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Wow, what a super fun experience this must have been! I definitely wouldn’t have made it out of there without “sampling” everything, and it looks like there was more than enough to go around! Lovely post, Bianca. Thanks for sharing!

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    Daisy posted March 15, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    your chocolates are so pretty!! sounds like a great class.

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    Baking Serendipity posted March 15, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    I have never been to a cooking class before, but I think chocolate is the one to start with now :) These are so pretty…and the class sounds like such fun!

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    honeywhatscooking posted March 16, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    wow, this is gorgeous. it looks so difficult, but i bet it’s so much easier. i love chocolate.. truffles and brownies and all. Happy Friday!

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    katy from Diningwithdusty posted March 16, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    I am really drooling looking at these; it’s the kind of class I would also love to take.

    I’ve been to a few cooking classes in the past–one was a lemon jam/lemon pickling class (by the amazing InnaJam/InnaPickle) and the other was all about paella and Spanish food. Both were awesome. I’m hoping to do more in the future!

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 16, 2012 at 6:38 pm

      Hi Katy! Ooooh a paella/Spanish food class sounds terrific. I want to do that too!

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    yummychunklet posted March 16, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    These chocolates look so pretty, and I bet they tasted fantastic!

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    Amy @ elephant eats posted March 16, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Wow, your chocolates are gorgeous! What a fun class to take :) So impressed!

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    Sacha posted March 18, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    I love Chocolee! The chocolates are fabulous but the beignets and summertime chocolate covered frozen chocolate mousse popsicles keep me coming back. I would love to take a class there!

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    Molly Galler posted March 19, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Bianca, these are BEAUTIFUL! What a fun (and delicious) experience!

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    Parita @ myinnershakti posted March 20, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    What a fun class, especially for a chocolate lover! I really wish I had taken advantage of these kinds of things when I lived near Boston. :)

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