A few months back I was contacted by Red Letter Days, asking me if I’d like to review one of their gift experiences. At the time I was heavily pregnant and didn’t want to commit to anything while I was so close to my due date – and for a while after the birth. However, I did have a good look at their website and scanned through the massive list of experiences on offer.
At the time my eyes were drawn to the pamper packages, spa days and afternoon teas. Basically anything that would give me a special treat and take my mind off the back pain and heartburn. Fast forward a few months and I decided to share my Red Letter Day experience with my two big girls, because they deserve a little treat too. So I set about looking for something we’d all enjoy. As soon as I saw the chocolate decorating experience at Hotel Chocolat I knew that was the one for us, for many reasons…
- We’re all massive chocaholics
- We LOVE Hotel Chocolat
- The girls really love backing and decorating cakes (I guessed this would be a similar thing)
- It was an experience we could do together (they’re a little too young for a spa day – although this day will come)
- Did I mention we’re chocoholics?
We turned up at the Hotel Chocolat School of Chocolate at 1pm on a Sunday afternoon and after a short wonder around the shop we were taken down to the beautifully designed ‘classroom’ underneath the shop. I call it a ‘classroom’ but to be honest it looked more like a luxury cafe with a bar, and some tables and chairs.
The first part of the experience included an interesting lesson on how chocolate is made and the different varieties available, taking us from the cocoa bean to a block of chocolate found on the shop floor. After we’d learnt all about chocolate we went on to the main event of decorating the chocolate!
We were given two blocks of chocolate, one dark and one white, along with some melted chocolate, marshmallows, tried fruit, chocolate buttons, nuts and some crispy cereal and told to do whatever we liked. Of course we had to test/try everything before using it to decorate our precious little slabs. It was so much fun and I could tell (by their beaming faces) that the girls were loving it too.
At the end of the experience we were given a chocolaty goodie bad, filled with our very own creations, which had been sealed and packaged up.
For more information on this experience and many other check out the Red Letter Day website.
Disclaimer: We were given this experience as a gift from Red Letter Days, however all words and opinions are my own.