York has an outstanding chocolate history with Terry's and Rowntree's in York both becoming global brands. Today York is home of the world's most famous chocolate bar: Kit Kat. With so many chocolates created in York, there's lots of love for chocolate here. Come and learn how to make your own chocolates, just how you like them!
Our Chocolate Workshops at York Cocoa Works run daily, with something gorgeous and chocolatey to discover most days. Learn how to make your own chocolate products, a new skill, make a special gift or a souvenir for a loved one. Our Chocolate Taster Workshops are an hour in length and require no prior skill or chocolate-making knowledge at all, but a love of chocolate certainly helps.
All ages are welcome but we do ask that children under 12 are accompanied by a participating adult.
Select your chosen date from our Workshop Calendar to the right or click on the workshop links below for more information about each of our workshops and to make a reservation.
Chocolate Bar Making - 4.30pm - Every Saturday and Sunday
York is home to the world's most famous chocolate bar, the Kit Kat, and there is a lot of love here in the chocolate city for all things cocoa. Join us in our academy and learn how to create your very own chocolate bar. You will discover our cocoa origins, we will show you how to temper chocolate, and you will experiment with different flavours to perfect your masterpiece! Once the bars have set, you will package your creations to be enjoyed at home.
During this workshop you will:
Reservations can be made directly for the date of your choice by using the link below.
This workshop is suitable for children, we ask that they are accompanied by a supervising adult for this workshop. Perfect for chocolate lovers of all ages and abilities who want to learn more of the secrets to create their own gorgeous chocolates at home. Please note that we recommend that children under 13 years accompanied by a full paying adult participant
It's important to us that everyone has a wonderful experience chocolate making, which is why we want to enable every chocolate lover to be able to have a go being creative. We are able to offer most chocolate making activities with allergen free ingredients, however due to the environment our workshops take place in we can not guarantee that the products are free from all traces. If you have any member of your party who would like to discuss their requirements further please do refer them to contact our team so we may be able to welcome them on their visit.
Chocolate Tasting Class - Thursdays 4pm - 5.30pm
Join our team of trained chocolate tasters at York Cocoa Works as we share with you the secrets of chocolate making, learning how to taste chocolate like an expert chocolate connoisseur.
In our Chocolate Tasting class we will share a range of chocolates made with different cocoas from around the world, as we share and explore the flavours that create the chocolate we love.
The chocolate making process is an evolving journey, from the variety of the cocoa, the soil in which it grows and the eco-system of the farms to the fermentation process carried out that develops the flavour that we explore once the beans reach us at the manufactory. As chocolate makers we develop flavour by roasting the cocoa beans, blending with other ingredients and refining to create a smooth finished chocolate that melts in the mouth.
Our journey with cocoa has allowed us to explore amazing flavours in cocoa from farms and communities from around the globe, some fruity, some floral, some nutty, some smoky, each creating a different chocolate experience for us to share and enjoy.
During this workshop
We will teach you how to explore the secrets of chocolate tasting, learning how to detect the flavours and qualities with all of your senses and start your own journey exploring the world of chocolate. Following the workshop you will be invited to choose a bar of your own favourite chocolate to take home and continue your journey as a chocolate connoisseur.
Learn how we make chocolate at York Cocoa Works with our Chocolate Manufactory Tasting Journey.
During your time with us, one of our expert chocolate makers will share the secrets of our cocoa and how we transform it into chocolate. You will discover our origins and learn the rich history of chocolate making in York before taking a peek into our manufactory and watching our chocolate being made. This session concludes with a special tasting conducted by our cocoa connoisseur. You will sample the chocolate we make from cocoa beans all around the world, experiencing the different strengths and flavour notes in our range.
Children aged 5 – 16 years £5.50
Children under 5 – Free
Reservations are available for our Manufactory Tasting Journey at 11am and 3.30pm daily for groups of up to 6* people.
To make your reservation now for your chosen date please visit our Reservations and Booking Site at the link below, alternatively by purchasing a voucher the recipient has a choice of dates and times to choose from.
Special Dietary Requirements
Our Chocolate Manufactory Journey is an interactive and chocolatey experience, should you have any dietary requirements or allergies please let our team know so we can ensure you have suitable alternatives.