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A Sensory Discovery of Chocolate-Making from Bean to Bar

  • the hopsack Rathmines Road Lower Rathmines, County Dublin Ireland (map)

Join us for a hands-on evening of discovery with The Proper Chocolate Company and learn how chocolate is actually made – from the cocoa plantation to the chocolate we buy in shiny packaging.

Understand the types of cocoa beans, how to sort them, roast them and extract the precious cocoa nibs.

Delve into the science of making chocolate – see nibs getting liquefied, observe chocolate crystals and understand chocolate tempering. Activities of the evening:

  • Examine, sort and roast cocoa beans from various origins
  • Winnow cocoa beans, and collect cocoa nibs
  • Create cocoa liquor
  • Learn what goes into a bar of chocolate and how to identify quality chocolate
  • And of course, we will taste chocolate at various stages of development!

Event starts at 7.30pm. Please arrive early. The Hopsack has a Deli for anyone who would like to grab some dinner before the event takes place. Space will be reserved for Slow Food Dublin from 6.30pm.

About The Proper Chocolate Company

The Proper Chocolate Company, founded by Patrick and Kelli Marjolet in May 2016, produces bean-to-bar chocolate in micro-batches in Dublin. Their passion for chocolate making began in 2013 while living in San Francisco. Having received a bag of cocoa beans from a local small-batch chocolate maker as a gift, Patrick decided to have his hand at making his own chocolate and an intense passion ensued and endures.

Much like a winemaker seeks out the best grapes, they source the finest beans and carefully roast them to bring out their optimum flavours. When treated just right, cocoa beans release an incredible variety of savours and subtleties that you just don’t find in mass-produced chocolate.

They currently trade year-round on Saturdays at the Honest2Goodness Market in Glasnevin and at The Green Door Market at New Market Square. Their bars are also available at a few select retailers, one which is The Hopsack, with more to come on stream in the coming months.

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Earlier Event: April 15
Camerino Bakery at Eatyard