News

What to expect from a Chocolate Collective workshop

Chocolate Collective run decadent chocolate workshops to tempt the most discerning of chocolate lovers.

Lasting between 1.5 to 2.5 hours depending on the workshop you choose, the workshops are a fun and interactive way to learn the art of truffle making with the highest quality Belgian chocolate.

Perfect for hen parties, special occasions, team building exercises or chocolate lovers who simply want a reason to indulge, the workshops are led by chocolatier, Louise Attenborough and her team and are held in Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds.

The workshop begins with a history of chocolate and production process from bean to bar. You will then be shown how to create delicious Belgian truffles by hand from raw chocolate ingredients. Under Chocolate Collective's expert guidance, you will learn how to mix, pipe, cut, shape, coat, and finally package your very own delicious Belgian chocolate truffles.

Created with novice chocolatiers in mind, the chocolate workshops are a delicious way to get creative and learn something new. They are suitable for all ages, gender and abilities and with gift vouchers available, make the perfect present.

What to expect from a chocolate workshop

Everything you need to know about a Chocolate Collective Workshop…

Which workshop is for me?

The Express workshop lasts for 1.5 hours and runs from 11am on a Saturday morning. Designed for those who want a private experience, these workshops are only available for group bookings. To guarantee an exclusive event a minimum of 15 people is required. Ideal for hen parties, birthdays or corporate events.

The Deluxe workshop lasts for 2-2.5 hours and runs from 2pm on Saturday afternoons. These are designed for individuals, couples or smaller groups, looking to learn a new skill, spend some quality time with friends or indulge their passion for chocolate.

What will we make?

Depending on the size of your truffles, you’ll go home with between 15-20 truffles on the Express workshop and between 30-50 truffles on the Deluxe. Perfect as gifts for friends and family, although they taste so good you may want to keep them all for yourself. Our truffles can also be frozen, so you can make your indulgence last even longer…if you have the willpower!

What to wear?

Decisions, decisions…it’s completely up to you but please wear comfortable shoes as you will be stood up during the course. We will provide disposable aprons and gloves to protect your clothing, so feel free to dress up or dress down!

What to bring?

All equipment and ingredients are provided as part of the workshop. But you may want to consider a camera so you can take photos of your fabulous creations (although you will have chocolatey hands 90% of the time!). A bag to carry home your creations could also be useful; we provide packaging for your truffles, but you could be leaving with several bags!
When should I arrive and how long are the workshops?

If you could arrive 10 minutes before the start of your workshop that will give us plenty of time to get you set up, settled and ready feed your chocolate fix!

Refreshments:

We don’t provide refreshments however you are welcome to order your own from the hotel or bring non-alcoholic refreshments with you.

Special Occasions:

Please let us know if you’re celebrating a special occasion such as a baby shower, hen party or a birthday. We’d love to make a fuss of you and always ensure, if you are attending in a party, that you have your own dedicated table.

If you would like to bring your own decorations such as balloons and banners, then please let us know prior to the workshop.

Do you run workshops at home?

All of our workshops are run at the Novotel hotels in Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds, with convenient transport links and light and airy facilities making them ideal. However, arrangements can be made for alternative venues if you have a specific event or special occasion in mind. Please email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can discuss your requirements.

Allergy information:

We use 64% dark chocolate (certified wheat and gluten free) cream, cocoa powder and desiccated coconut.

Please notify us, prior to attending the workshop, if you are lactose intolerant. We can provide a lactose-free mixture instead of cream. If you are vegan we can also provide a soya cream, again, please just let us know beforehand.

The course is also suitable for vegetarians or for those needing a gluten free diet.

Our courses may not be suitable for people who suffer from nut allergies as ingredients and equipment may have been in contact with nuts.

Travel arrangements:

Novotel Manchester City Centre, 21 Dickinson Street, Manchester, M1 4LX – There is a Q-Park car park directly behind the hotel and the nearest tram stop is St. Peter’s Square. It is only a short walk from Manchester Piccadilly station too.

Novotel Birmingham Centre, 70 Broad St, Birmingham B1 2HT – There is a private car park on site and it is approx. a 10-15 minute walk from Birmingham New Street station.

Novotel Leeds Centre, 4 Whitehall Quay, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 4HR – There is also a private car park on site and it is just a 2 minute walk from Leeds train station.

If our workshops appeal to the chocoholic in you, book now to avoid disappointment. Workshops are held regularly, for full listings check out our Upcoming Workshops page. Or contact Louise on 07824 394 919 or via our Contact Us page.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

What to expect from a chocolate workshop