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“Education you can get your teeth into.”

Cocoa Black Chocolate & Pastry School
Ranked #2 of 26 things to do in Peebles
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Owner description: Run by UK World Chocolate Master & UK Confectioner of the Year, Ruth Hinks, Cocoa Black offers a wide range of Chocolate & Pastry classes suitable for all levels of experience. As one of Europe's leading Chocolate and Pastry schools, we teach our students using the very best ingredients and equipment in our purpose-fitted kitchen.
Exeter
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15 reviews
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“Education you can get your teeth into.”
Reviewed November 1, 2012

For anyone wanting to dip their toe in the water (or indeed, tongue in the choccie) of what it is to work with chocolate, you have to do the Cocoa Black Chocolate Masterchef course.
Any' first day at school' nerves I had were immediately quelled when we were welcomed like old friends and plied with hot chocolate or great coffee which kept coming for the duration. The school itself was an Aladdin’s cave of everything chocolate; fountains, fillings, cocoa butters, edible glitters, moulds, boxes, ribbons and all the mystical ingredients for a serious choc-fest.
I spent the next two days gaining a real insight into chocolate itself, tempering, moulding, ganache and truffle recipes and all kinds of crafting techniques along with trade secrets and hints - all from the Chocolate Master herself.
For such a successful and celebrated chocolatier, Ruth is utterly understated, great fun and incredibly generous with her experience and expertise. She has a delightfully light touch in both her work and her teaching style and creates a magic around confectionary which you can't help finding infectious. After two days in this fabulously creative environment I left, clutching a brimming bag of chocolate produce with a new confidence and a sense of infinite opportunity...

Visited October 2012
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London
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“Just the shop”
Reviewed September 2, 2012

To be honest we only visited the Cocoa Black cafe not the school. but it serves excellent coffee, great cakes and pastries, in a busy but still relaxed atmosphere, and obviously well loved by locals and tourists alike.

Visited August 2012
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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“lush”
Reviewed August 31, 2012

we stopped to have some cake and wow its the best cake i have ever tasted . apparently the boss is an award winning cake maker and i can believe it. This place is not just for women.

Visited August 2012
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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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“2 Amazing Days”
Reviewed August 13, 2012

I was recommended this course by a friend and at first i was skeptical about signing up for this as I wasn't sure if I was going to learn enough. I am glad i did as it was really good and I learned lots about chocolate. Ruth was very helpful and she taught us a lot of different techniques. The staff including Ruth were very welcoming and during the day there was nice hot chocolate on offer and delicious sandwiches for lunch. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to have 2 fun days of making delicious chocolates and than take them all with you home to share with your friends and family. Happy chocolate making ;)

Thanks Ruth for 2 nice days ... Dorina

Visited August 2012
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Ayr, United Kingdom
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“Basic chocolate making course”
Reviewed August 10, 2012

Excellent value for money, I came away with fabulous chocolates all in lovely bags and boxes. It was fun with great tips for making chocs at home.

Visited July 2012
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