At first, the Aztecs punished their enemies by pouring hot chocolate down their throats, until the proud warriors found out that their foes actually liked it and promptly switched to molten gold. Relive the pleasure of those lucky few conquistadors with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a BYOB chocolate-making class for two at The Chocolate Gecko (a $50 value).
At The Chocolate Gecko, award-winning chocolatiers impart their confectionary wisdom during one-hour chocolate-making classes. Sweet-toothed couples explore the use of traditional culinary aphrodisiacs in all-natural chocolates, upping the morsels’ potential to woo paramours and stern traffic cops. Instructors also impart tempering basics, ganache technique, and tips for concocting both molded and hand-rolled truffles. Guests are encouraged to bring along alcoholic or nonalcoholic beverages to complement the velvety morsels and share with any Cupids that stop by to offer a consultation.
The Chocolate Gecko
At The Chocolate Gecko, award-winning chocolatiers swirl together fresh fruit, spicy cayenne pepper, and a splash of rich liqueurs to form decadent treats comprising all-natural ingredients. The shop’s multi-tiered shelves sprout batches of chocolate-dipped fruit and classic sweets, such as peanut-butter cups, turtles, and rich, butter toffee komodo crunches. Molded truffles burst with creamy liqueur-infused fillings and take on a variety of shapes, including Aztec pyramids, tiny Buddhas, and the heads of former Supreme Court justices.
The Chocolate Gecko’s sweet-tooth-appeasing staff shares its confectionary wisdom during one-hour chocolate-making classes, which have covered such sweet-concocting skills as tempering basics, concocting both molded and hand-rolled truffles, and reverse engineering the Cadbury Bunny. The Chocolate Gecko encourages guests to bring along alcoholic or nonalcoholic beverages to complement the velvety morsels of each class.
Upper Washington Avenue
21 Colvin Ave.
Albany, New York 12206