Explorers arriving in the new world searched relentlessly for gold and chocolate, but disappointed monarchs when returning only with sacks full of fool’s gold and raisins. End the centuries-old search with today’s Groupon: for $75, you get a three-hour Divine Art of Chocolate Making class at Canady Le Chocolatier (a $200 value). This Groupon is only valid for redemption at the South Wabash Avenue location. Classes are offered at 6 p.m. every day except Wednesday, with additional classes on Sunday at 8 a.m.
Canady Le Chocolatier owner Michael Canady guides classes of five to seven sweetsmiths as they learn the skills of modern chocolate production as well as how to recognize and harvest it in the wild. After a discussion on techniques illustrated with a tasting and a look at the chocolate-spattered aprons of the masters, students dive into the class kitchen, tempering fine chocolate and creating cream-filled delights and custom assortments. Rich dark-, milk-, and white-chocolate techniques zoom into students’ brains during the lesson, augmented by such sweet topics as coating orange slices and coffee beans with chocolate. Students should supply their own aprons and engineering skills so they can deftly assemble a custom box to take home their creations, giving friends and family members the chance to taste treats as decadent as a caviar model of Louis XVI.
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.
2136 W Fulton St.
Chicago, Illinois 60612