Let's face it, unless you are super organised and on the ball, the school summer holidays can drag. It's important for kids to have downtime, but it's also important for them to engage in interesting activities and hobbies to avoid the dreaded boredom setting in and ruining everyone's fun.
This summer, craft chocolate specialist, Cocoa Runners, is hosting virtual craft chocolate tasting and learning courses exclusively for young people. Think of it as an introduction to the world of fine chocolate, but geared for kids aged between 7 and 12 years old.
While the mere thought of a virtual lesson may cause flashbacks to the mass homeschooling that took place during the Coronavirus lockdowns, the addition of top quality chocolate may well change their minds.
First, you need to buy a kit, which is available for one or two children. The single kit costs £12.95 plus postage, while the double kit is £23.31 plus postage. The kit contains 9 taster bars (18 in the double kit) plus details on how to access the hour-long hosted Zoom session. There's also some leaflets in the kit with information about the bars and how to properly taste them.
The session covers the history of chocolate, how to taste it, the science behind chocolate, the supply chain, and the skills and techniques that chocolates makers employ to deliver different experiences.
Participants will also receive a craft chocolate expert certificate upon completion.
Most of the chocolate bars are gluten-free, but one may contain gluten. Some bars contain dairy so aren't suitable for vegans, but the event host will point this out during the session so you can skip these ones if you like.
For protection of children, the sessions are managed by Cocoa Runners, and they actively remove disruptive individuals to ensure the group has a great time. Only the faces of the presenters will be displayed, with all other participants not visible on screen. The session will not be recorded, either. Older children should be fine taking part without adult supervision, but younger children will benefit from having an adult on hand.
The dates for your diary are:
- Tuesday 24th August 2021 at 6pm
- Wednesday 25th August 2021 at 3pm
- Wednesday 25th August 2021 at 6pm
- Thursday 26th August 2021 at 3pm
- Thursday 26th August 2021 at 6pm
- Friday 27th August 2021 at 3pm
Availability is limited so book in early to secure the time slot that works best for you.
Depending on the success of these pilot virtual chocolate tasting sessions, there may well be more junior events in the future.
Cocoa Runners' Virtual Craft Chocolate Tasting and Learning Course for Young People
Will you be booking your kids onto a virtual chocolate tasting session like this one? Let me know why - or why not - in the comments below.