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‘Have a Go’ at…Becoming a Chocolatier!

I’m absolutely thrilled to be a part of Festival of Learning’s ‘Have a Go’ month this September. They do some amazing work showcasing the wide range of opportunities and resources available to adults who are still young at heart and want to learn something new.

Throughout September, organisations are encouraged to provide a new and exciting activity for their employees to promote lifelong learning. So, today I’m giving you a taster of what it is like to be a chocolatier; sharing my knowledge in my free, online, video.

This is something I usually save for my workshop attendees, but I truly believe in the benefits of lifelong learning; after all, I see it every day running my chocolate workshops for adults and children alike. So many of us think that learning stops when we leave school, but the benefits of continuing to learn a new skill, whatever our stage of life, is huge.

Here are 8 important reasons you should consider ‘having a go!’

  1. Learning something new can improve self-confidence, making you see yourself in a new light after you’ve mastered a completely new skill.
  2. Staying challenged helps fight boredom, and boredom can have a negative effect on our lives, making us lethargic and depressed.
  3. Learning in later life keeps your brain healthy and your mind sharp and keeping it in shape helps you deal with new challenges life may throw at you.
  4. Besides the professional knowledge we acquire through school or work, it’s important that we learn practical skills. Like piping chocolate of course!
  5. Lifelong learning sets a good example for your children and lets them see that learning leads to self-improvement and fulfilment.
  6. Taking a course in a subject you enjoy such as cooking, painting or writing, may result in a new hobby and new friends as well.
  7. Just as when you exercise your body and it gets tired; when you exercise your mind, your mind gets tired, helping you to sleep more soundly at night.
  8. There are also health benefits to learning, taking some time out for yourself can reduce stress and improve concentration.

Our chocolate workshops are a great way to continue learning and experience many of these benefits. They are a mix of demonstration, education and plenty of practical hands-on experience!

We begin by sharing some fascinating facts about the history of chocolate and the production process from bean to bar (check out my video), before showing you how to create delicious Belgian truffles, by hand, from raw chocolate ingredients. You are shown how to mix, pipe, cut, shape, and coat your truffles before being taught how to beautifully package your creations. The skills and techniques we teach can be transferred to other forms of cooking and baking and can be passed on to your friends and family.

Learning can also be something different to sitting behind a desk for children too. Hands-on learning can help children retain knowledge and apply it to day to day life.

We understand that in schools, it is often the practical and interactive sessions that can cement theoretical learning. Our School Chocolate Workshops are the ideal complement to classroom teaching and are a real favourite

amongst teachers (and kids funnily enough) for end of term treats. We tailor them to subjects such as English Literature, History, Food Technology and Business Studies, providing a fun and tasty lesson the kids will never forget.

We also run out of school educational chocolate workshops for after-school or holiday clubs, or even for a party with a difference.

You are never too old or too young to reap the benefits of life-long learning, and we think everyone should ‘Have a Go’ and learn something new this September. If chocolate has piqued your interest, then find out more about our upcoming chocolate workshops.