Chocolat Uzma Sharif

Bakery
1823 South Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60608 1823 South Halsted Street, Chicago Directions
312-694-3471
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Report | 2 years ago
The ice cream making class was fun and simple. I've now been back to this chocolate house to buy the delicious chocolates, too. Worth the trip out of my neighborhood.
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Report | 3 years ago
The class was fun and laid back, but we learned a lot and made some fabulous chocolates in the process. We'll definitely be back.
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Report | 3 years ago
Had an great time. Part of having a great time in the kitchen, is all about having a great environment. Chef Uzma provided a personal hand on approach , while simultaneously being a host to groups of people coming around for the Open House. The class is a prefect welcome to anyone looking to dive into the world of chocolate making.
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Report | 3 years ago
Thank you Uzma. We really enjoyed our experience. We look forward to returning for a visit the next time we are in Chicago. Jeff and Monica
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Report | 3 years ago
Uzma provides a fun and educational experience about chocolate and deserts. My party and I had a wonderful time and would definitely return in the future.
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Report | 3 years ago
It was fantastic! I loved everything about it, especially the delicious chocolate we made! :)
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Report | 3 years ago
I highly recommend, and plan to bring my out of town friends to Chocolat Uzma Sharif.
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Report | 3 years ago
The class was very fun and laid back. We felt so welcomed by Uzma and our truffles turned out wonderfully! I really appreciated that Uzma accommodated my dietary needs and provided a paper copy of the recipe we made so we could make more at home. I'm excited to try some of the options she suggested to expand upon the basic recipe.

From Our Editors

During her rotations as a pastry chef in culinary school, Uzma Sharif caught the eye of her head chef by drizzling chocolate with the same technique she used to decorate hands with henna. “You’re going to be a great success with that someday,” he predicted. The roots of her talents as a chocolatier go back even deeper, however. In Pakistan, her pastry-chef grandfather was well known for his delicate pink macaroons, and her mother and seven aunts each inherited their father’s baking skills. In January 2011, Uzma followed in her family members' footsteps, founding her own shop to purvey her hand-crafted chocolate creations as Chocolat Uzma Sharif.

These confections brim with unexpected ingredients, such as candied rose petals, Kashmiri chai, and cardamom, or glow with floral colors, such as the pinks and blues on the ombre butterflies that are Uzma's current favorite. The chocolatier handpicks the ingredients that go into her sweet creations, choosing all-natural, organic options when possible. Focused on perfecting a small selection of goods, she makes her chocolates in small batches and packages them in eco-friendly boxes she’s designed herself.

During chocolate classes at her Pilsen kitchen, Uzma teaches students about the origins of raw chocolate and the science behind making a bar with the right sheen and snap. Uzma also shares methods for choosing good chocolate from store shelves, starting with deciphering the percentages on the label and asking it whether it’s been naughty or nice.

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