Biting into a piece of chocolate creates a sense of euphoria second only to the euphoria of winning an Olympic medal and discovering that it's made of chocolate. Take a bite of happiness with this Groupon.
$49 for a Truffle- or Caramel-Making Class ($99 Value)
During each truffle-making class, students learn to temper chocolate and create rolled ganache truffles; see the schedule here. Instructors demonstrate two methods for concocting caramel in the caramel-making class, and then students must come up with their own unique way to eat it. See the caramel schedule here.
Christopher Michael Chocolates
The confectioners at Christopher Michael Chocolates challenge the palate's expectations with inventive flavor combinations, often balancing a sweet base with savory accents. The complex treats begin their lives as simple, preservative-free ingredients, including fair-trade Venezuelan cacao beans, organic dairy from local farms, and homegrown herbs and citrus fruits.
Christopher Michael's renowned creations, which stole hearts from their position in the 51st Grammy Awards's gift baskets in 2009, include the Sizzling Bacon bar, which marries smoky bacon with sweet milk chocolate, and the Aztec Spiced bar, sizzling with chilies and cinnamon. Handcrafted and painted truffles burst on tongues with traditional and nontraditional flavor infusions, including chipotle and honey, rosemary and grapefruit, and caramelized banana.
In addition to slinging premade candies, the team shares its expertise by hosting regular classes, including truffle-making sessions, where students learn to temper chocolate and lick ganache out of the bowl while the instructor isn't looking, as well as courses in caramel and ice-cream creation.