Lindt Chocolate Workshops Zurich – Truffles & Pralines
Did you know that they run chocolate courses all year round at the Lindt factory in Zurich? I was invited to participate in a chocolate workshop one sunny Summer’s day, so headed over to Kilchberg to investigate. Together with a group of other chocolate-lovers, I stepped out of the sunshine into the beautifully cool reception of the Lindt Chocolate Factory and prepared myself for two hours of chocolate fun.
Chocolate Courses in Zurich at the Lindt Factory – Truffles & Pralines
A Variety of Chocolate Courses
The objective of our course was to learn how to make champagne truffles and decorate pralines. However, there are lots of different courses available throughout the year, from Easter bunny and egg decoration to Christmas, Mother’s Day and lot’s more chocolatey courses. In Switzerland there is always a chocolate theme for every Season and every event!
Dressing the Part
After a warm welcome we were handed white tunics, aprons and a variety of chef’s hats to choose from, and instructed to wash our hands thoroughly. We then entered a huge classroom and were given a short presentation about the origins of chocolate. We learned all about Lindt’s role in the chocolate industry in Switzerland by Rolf who was our “chocolatier instructor” for the evening.
Whilst we listened we were proffered delicious Lindt pralines. A table was set aside with a variety of Lindt chocolates of all shapes and sizes and we could help ourselves to at any stage if we felt the urge!
We were then allocated to tables in small groups where we set to work on creating our chocolate masterpieces.
Rolf and his colleagues went from table to table showing us how to fill our truffles professionally with the champagne cream filling and expertly showed us how to decorate pralines with a flair that obviously came with years of experience!
Rolf was informative, helpful and funny as he demonstrated and explained the techniques.
We tried our best to be good pupils but our results didn’t always quite match up to Rolf’s beautifully crafted pieces!
Chocolate Courses in English or German
The chocolate courses are run in both English and German and I had chosen to do a course in German thinking it would be good language practice but it turned out that several people on my table had either lived in an English speaking country for a large part of their lives or spoke fluent English – so I did get some German practice but perhaps not as much as I had intended!
However, we had such fun comparing our chocolate decorating skills and trying to work out if our fellow chocolatiers were making a mouse or a bunny out of their pralines … sometimes it was difficult to tell!
Once the chocolates were finished we were then handed very professional Lindt gift boxes and we took all our goodies home with us! It was a great evening and everyone left the course with a happy smile!
The chocolate courses take place at:
Lindt & Sprügli Headquarters
Where: Seestrasse 204, 8802 Kilchberg
Tel: 044 716 22 33
For information on Lindt Chocolate Courses please go to this page.
See the Lindt Factory on Google Maps here:
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