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Les Petits Chefs make chocolates for the holidays with Kerry Beal (the Chocolate Doctor)!

Kids making chocolates for the holidays with Kerry Beal on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe Petits Chefs were in for a treat this week as I’d lined up the wonderful Kerry Beal (professional chocolatier, The Chocolate Doctor) to come and work with them again. As with the last time she came to visit, I realised the secret to keeping kids focussed in the last few weeks of school is apparently chocolate! A couple of pots of melted Callebaut chocolate, an EZ Temper machine (which Kerry invented) to ensure perfectly tempered chocolate (the shiny stuff that “snaps” just so), some cool molds, some sheet pans and a few squeeze bottles made for a VERY focussed group of boys.

We learned how to jazz up Oreo cookies…

Dipping Oreos and chocolates for the holidays with Kerry Beal on eatlivetravelwrite.comKids making dipped Oreos and chocolates for the holidays with Kerry Beal on eatlivetravelwrite.comEt voilà:

Mint chip topped dipped oreos and chocolates for the holidays with Kerry Beal on eatlivetravelwrite.comMeanwhile, on the molded chocolate station…

Kids filling dinosaur molds chocolates for the holidays with Kerry Beal on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids filling for chocolates for the holidays with Kerry Beal on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd Kerry taught the boys how to make bark. A lot of them had never made it, surprisingly and they LOVED it…

Smoothing tempered chocolate to make chocolates for the holidays with Kerry Beal on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids making bark and chocolates for the holidays with Kerry Beal on eatlivetravelwrite.com(using an offset spatula is something I don’t think about but it’s a skill for sure. The boys loved practising this!).

We used our makeshift fridge (making chocolates in November is easy because all we have to do is open the window…)

Makeshift fridge making chocolates for the holidays with Kerry Beal on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd made picture perfect bark:

Bark and chocolates for the holidays with Kerry Beal on eatlivetravelwrite.comAs well as having a lot of (delicious) fun, the boys learned a lot about the process of tempering chocolate and the science behind it (best type of science ever!). But I know for them the real draw was the end product…

Chocolate turtles for the holidays with Kerry Beal on eatlivetravelwrite.com(aren’t they gorgeous?)

And each boy took home a lovely selection (and a bag of bark!)

A box of chocolates for the holidays with Kerry Beal on eatlivetravelwrite.comWe’re SO grateful to Kerry for taking the time in what is a busy season for this session (and for doing all the prep beforehand!). We also can’t thank Callebaut enough for providing the chocolate for this session. You might not think so, but really good chocolate makes a huge difference and everyone (kids and adults) who tasted these treats made a comment about it ‘ Why is is SO good?” asked one colleague. Good chocolate.

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One Response to Les Petits Chefs make chocolates for the holidays with Kerry Beal (the Chocolate Doctor)!

  1. Mr. Neil November 29, 2018 at 08:58 #

    Woot! I can’t believe the LPC crew made an extra take-home container of samples for Mr. Neil! 🙂

    Let’s just say they were enjoyed immensely as a nice after-dinner treat. Perfectly tempered, and the mint bark was outstanding.

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