Chocolate Apprenticeship

Our Apprenticeship in Chocolate Course is a week-long program of mastering chocolate skills including refreshments daily, Chocolate Dinner prepared by our own Chocolate Chef, heritage trail of York’s chocolate history as well as a recipe book and learning notes covering the week’s content, an optional component is available exclusively for participants looking to start their own chocolate and confectionery business with a session on business planning, marketing and sourcing and exclusive 1-to-1 contact with experienced chocolate professionals.

The Apprenticeship in Chocolate course runs daily from 9am Monday – 4pm Friday with the Chocolate Dinner with the team at York Cocoa House, participants are free to explore York's fabulous restaurants on the other evenings. Accommodation is not included in the course fees, however we would be happy to offer recommendations to suit your requirements, please contact our team for further advice on travel and accommodation.

During the course we will cover the following topics:

  1. Introduction to Chocolate Making
  2. Chocolate Tempering Methods 
  3. Gorgeous Ganaches 
  4. Fancy Fondant Creams 
  5. Chocolate Caramels 
  6. Perfect Pralines 
  7. Chocolate Based Classic Confectionery 
  8. Show Stopping Chocolate Desserts 
  9. Glamorous Chocolate Cakes 
  10. Spectacular Chocolate Decorations 
  11. Baking with Chocolate 
  12. Mastering Chocolate Moulding 
  13. Savoury Chocolate 
  14. Chocolate Ice Cream 
  15. Chocolate Making from Cocoa Bean to Chocolate Bar
    What do you take away with you?

    Each participant will take home their own chocolate creations as well as the recipes, technical worksheets, industry contacts and an intense working experience to be able to take your passion for working with chocolate to the next stage.

    Who is it suitable for?

    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. This course is ideal for chefs and catering students to learn how to work with fine quality chocolate in a range of environments and purposes. An additional session is available for participants wishing to start their own chocolate making business to gain insight into labelling, packaging, marketing and sourcing.

    Course Fees:

    This week long course is £850 for the 5 day course with daytime lunch and refreshments and chocolate dinner, this also includes a guided chocolate trail of York and entry into some attractions as part of your tour. Accommodation is not included, however we would be happy to offer recommendations to suit your needs.


    The Chocolate Apprenticeship takes place daily 9am - 4pm 

    Monday 29th February 2016 - Friday 4th March 2016

    Monday 4th July 2016 - Friday 8th July 2016

    Monday 3rd October 2016 - Friday 7th October 2016

    This course is also available as individual modules that run on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings, these modules can be taken on their own or as part of the wider course. Please click on each of the course titles above for further details about the content and schedule for each module.

    To Book:

    Places can be reserved on this course by payment of a non-refundable deposit, the final balance is payable 2 weeks prior to the start date of your course 

    Special Dietary Requirements:

    It's really 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 dairy free and gluten free ingredients as long as we know in advance. If you have an individual with a nut allergy we have to say that the environment can not be guaranteed as nut free, we do however limit the presence of nuts in our workshop as much as possible, we are also able to provide new and sterile equipment for individuals with highly sensitive nut allergies. Please ask individuals or the parent or guardian of an attendee to contact us at least 48 hours ahead of the workshop so we can discuss with them how best to cater for their needs and ensure they can take part fully and enjoy the results of all their hard work.

    Please contact our team on 01904 675787 or E: to discuss your dietary requirements prior to your visit and we can ensure we can create the best chocolate enjoyment for you.