What You'll Get
At first, the Aztecs punished their enemies by pouring hot chocolate down their throats, until the proud warriors found out their foes actually liked it and promptly switched to molten gold. Relive the pleasure of those lucky few conquistadors with today's deal: for $75, you can attend a 2.5-hour "Divine Art of Chocolate Making" class at Canady Le Chocolatier (a $200 value). This Groupon is only valid for redemption at the 824 S. Wabash Avenue location. Classes are offered Tuesdays through Sundays at 8 a.m. and at 6 p.m.
Canady Le Chocolatier whips up heavenly chocolate confections daily, and these crafters of cacao treats are ready to share their expertise, for good and not evil, with the toothsome tutorial "The Divine Art of Chocolate Making". Indulge in candy-coated knowledge with the course, as you and fellow students feast on delicious brain-nougat with a lecture on how chocolate is made. Students will then enjoy chocolate tastings, taking note of each treat's texture, tone, and timekeeping ability, before practicing proper tempering techniques, which leave the chocolates with a smooth and glossy finish. Concoct creamy fillings—options include ganaches and soft caramels—and then insert them into rich dark-, milk-, or white-chocolate overcoats as you craft your own customized box of chocolate goodness. Additional add-ons for your aphrodisiac appetite-appeaser include marzipan, truffles, coffee beans, ginger, and orange slices.
Classes are held in a state-of-the-art kitchen, specially designed to keep chocolate-loving cereal-box vampires at bay. Class sizes are limited to five to seven people, ensuring close attention from the instructor should a student fall face-first into a bowl of fondant. Call ahead to reserve a spot in class, and then equip yourself with the ability to potentially put the Easter Bunny out of business forever.
For inquiries, you may contact Canady at their alternate location, Chicago French Market, at (312) 454-8700.
Associated Content named Canady Le Chocolatier one of the “5 Best Places in Chicago to Get Your Chocolate Fix” and Chicago Weekly named it the “Best Place to Get a Cavity.” Owner Michael Canady made cappuccino cups on WGN News. Chicagoist and Centerstage Chicago featured the shop, and the Chicago Reader mentioned it. Metromixers give Canady Le Chocolatier an average of five stars, while Yelpers give it an average of 4.5 stars:
- The candies look like miniature works of art, brilliantly hand-painted, molded, dipped or otherwise fashioned in exquisite detail (purchase a selection, and you'll receive them tucked inside an elegant paper box). The genteel Canady favors traditional styles and flavors like fruits and liqueurs, which beget tart-sweet gels and creamy ganaches. Nuts get star treatment, whether piled into clusters with caramel and velvety milk chocolate, or individually hand-dipped like the almond Dragees. – Julia Steinberger, Centerstage Chicago
- I would consider this one of Chicago's best hidden gems although I'm not sure how much longer that could possibly be the case... – Brett K., Yelp
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Mar 22, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. By appointment only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Canady Le Chocolatier
Rich dark, milk, and white chocolates filled with ganaches, soft caramel, and fondant lie nestled inside Canady Le Chocolatier's gift boxes, and their hand-made thai parchment paper wrapping—imprinted with an orchid and soft-green leaf design—ensures that eager fingers unwrap the decadent chocolates with care. Once they're free of their delicate packaging, truffles and bonbons prepared for special occasions, such as holidays and gourmet food fights, flood mouths with creaminess.
Those who are too eager to wait for the treats to emerge from their wrappings can venture into the shop, where owner Michael Canady whisks together his own gelato with fresh fruit and natural ingredients and griddles a selection of sweet and savory crêpes. Canady even teaches people how to replicate his confections at home during hands-on classes for small groups.