Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Taste Tests

     Lei Chic Problem: 3:30 p.m. – You run to the closest convenience store
     for an emergency chocolate fix, bite into the mass-produced
     candy, and wait for the waxy chocolate to (hopefully) melt on
     your tongue.

     Bar lowered.

     Solution: Early November – You board a plane for Sweden for a
     new spin on the daily grind. You’ll visit Chokladskolan,
     the Cacao & Co Chocolate School in Nora, Sweden, for a
     three-day course by Hawaii’s own decadent dessert wizards at Madre Chocolates. Even if you don’t know beans about the process, ethnobotanist Nat Bletter will take you through every step; from picking the best ingredients, to roasting, grinding, fermenting, testing, tempering, and even storing your own creations. You’ll get hands on with professional candy equipment and even learn how to use common appliances like your coffee machine and hair dryer to do it at home.

Meaning by December, your next emergency candy run can end in your own  stash of small-batch, self-roasted chocolate. The only problem now is deciding which of your personalized flavor blends will fully satisfy your current craving.

Bar raised.

Madre Chocolate’s Bean-to-Bar classes in Nora, Sweden are set for November 15 – 17 and November 19 - 21.  A few spaces are still available.  For prices, reservations, or more information, contact

Posted on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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