Mmmm Chocolaaate

You guys, something really important has happened: I learned how to make chocolate.

Just let that sink in. Sweet, delicious, fancy chocolate. Sarina and I took a class at the Institute of Culinary Education. It was four hours of chocolatey goodness. The teacher, Jeff Chocolatepastrychef, was fantastic and spent a long time explaining how chocolate is grown and roasted and turned it into tasty treats. I learned what conching is and that wild cocoa trees are taller and whiter than domesticated ones, and also that the cocoa butter-based paint used to decorate chocolates is hilariously called Chef Rubber.

Then we got down to business. It’s messy and kind of fussy, but ultimately well worth the effort. I know what everyone’s getting for the holidays!

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