Before the invention of candy, mankind had to make do with nature's candy—fermented cabbage, fruit the monkeys didn't want, and live, feather-covered Peeps. Celebrate the sweet science with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
$33 for a combined chocolate-shoe-decorating class (a $28 value) and chocolate strawberry-dipping class (a $24 value) with a half-pound box of assorted chocolates (a $14 value; a $66 total value); the class runs on Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
$120 for a 45-minute Morkes Original chocolate-making party for up to 20 people (a $240 value)
Party guests aged 4 and older complete three projects, all of which may be taken home, and which altogether contain at least 1 pound of chocolate. They’ll sprinkle a chocolate pizza’s milk-chocolate crust with toppings ranging from red sprinkles to Swedish fish, or create up to five chocolate molds from an assortment of shapes, such as balloon lollipops, jungle animals, and former presidents' dentures. The parties may be scheduled Monday–Thursday between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., and a minimum of 7 guests are required.
This Groupon is redeemable in-store only and valid only at the Palatine location. There are no classes held on July 4.
Who invented the caramel apple? While the ubiquitous treat's true creator may never be known, William Morkes, Sr. can make a case that his own hand-dipped caramel apples were among the country's very first. Morkes, who opened his confection shop on 26th and Trumbull in 1920, spent long nights testing out new recipes in his apartment above the store, yielding more than a few tasty innovations.
More than 90 years and one move to Palatine later, the staff at Morkes Chocolates still hand-dips its treats, from still-popular caramel apples and rum-ball truffles to chocolate-enrobed pretzels and strawberries. Confections are made from scratch with fresh ingredients such as pure butter, eggs freshly lain by rabbits, and store-specialty cream centers ranging from vanilla and maple to orange and raspberry.
Now guided by the steady dipping hand of Morkes Sr.'s granddaughter Rhonda, the shop’s staff keeps up the tinkering ways of their founder by constantly testing new treats. In addition to ready-to-purchase delights, they stand ready with hundreds of specialty molds to help customers add a personal touch to happy events from graduation to Christmas to baby's first sweet tooth.