Between my two kids, I have thrown 22 birthday parties. That’s 22 cakes I’ve baked, 22 sets of loot bags I’ve assembled, 22 themed balloons and decorations I’ve accumulated. Don’t get me wrong, I actually enjoy it. I mean, how many more birthday parties can I throw for my kids while they still want me to be in attendance? When my older one turned 13 this year, I was stuck for party ideas until a friend told me about a chocolate party. Errr…hello, where do I sign up and why am I (a self-professed chocoholic) just finding out about this now? Chocolate Tales offers hands-on mobile workshops to make chocolate goodies right in your home or venue and teach you how to make everything chocolate. They also promise no mess. DONE! Where do I sign up?
The program I booked was the 90-minute “Teen Package” and it included a brief history lesson of chocolates (fascinating), tasting chocolates (yum), making bonbons (and sampling bonbons), learning to create chocolate lollipops and marshmallow pops (fun), rolling out truffles and even baking lava cakes (beyond delicious). In the end all the guests got to package their sweet confections in beautiful boxes and cello bags with ribbons and that ended up being their loot bags. Add-ons are available including program extensions of more elaborate truffle making, mocktails, using coloured chocolates, and even purchasing aprons and chef hats/jackets.
Chocolate Tales only uses high quality ingredients like Belgium couverture chocolate instead of compound chocolates. Couverture chocolates has a high ratio of cocoa butter, instead of fat substitutes like different oils in compound chocolates (think Halloween candy bars) making it hard to temper since oils have different burn points. Speaking with owner and chocolatier David Levy, his philosophy behind his company is to use more natural and better quality ingredients. He likes to steer away from products with too many added chemicals and additives. Chocolate Tales workshops are also nut-free, gluten-free and kosher (with egg-free options as well).
I have to say that this is the easiest and tastiest birthday party I’ve ever thrown. Booking and confirmations can be done online. Chocolate Tales only wants you to take a picture of the space you are planning to hold the workshop so they can get a sense of how to set up for the party. They bring all the tables, drop cloths, aprons, gloves, materials, ingredients and equipment (even an oven if you don’t have one for them to use). About an hour prior to the workshop, a chocolatier comes to prep and setup. Literally you just need to provide them with an electrical outlet. Easy peasy.
My chocoholic daughter loved her Chocolate Tales chocolate party and she even got a certificate of being an official Chocolate Tales chocolatier! Very cute! Our chocolatier Sarah was friendly and engaging. Chocolate Tales workshops are perfect for not only birthday parties (for kids as young as 4), but perfect for team building corporate events, bridal/baby showers, home parties for anniversaries, get-togethers, reunions. Their service area is huge serving regions in the GTA from Niagara to Ajax to Barrie.
As for the mess? The only thing they left behind were extra chocolates and my house smelling like Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. What a sweet ending!*
*Chocolate Tales is baking up something special to be launched in the summer! Stay tuned to my Instagram feed @BakingZen to find out!
Chocolate Tales birthday workshop was not sponsored. I paid for the workshop and loved it so much that I had to share with our AZNModern readers.