Though money can’t buy love, it can buy chocolate, which is a superb substitute for love when your date abandons you to live among the hippogriffs. Drown tears in truffles with today's Groupon: for $37, you get a chocolate-dipping class at Oh! Chocolate's Madison Park location (a $75 value).
During a two-hour chocolate-making, class, Oh! Chocolate exercises the skills of more than 40 years of sweets expertise to enlighten fledgling desserters to the art of chocolate making. First, pupils explore facets of chocolate production, including cacao bean makeup and what to feed pregnant cacao trees. The hands-on segment follows, opening the tasty floodgates of personal production and ensuring each student learns proper and professional chocolate dipping. Enrobe an array of eats in dark or milk chocolate, including graham crackers, Oreos, fresh berries, marshmallows, and the ever-hopeful broccoli. All confectionary artists leave the course with a boxful of self-dipped treats.
Started by Hawaii transplants Gertie Han and Karl Krautheim more than 50 years ago, Oh! Chocolate is now run by the couple’s two daughters, who uphold Gertie and Karl’s reputation for quality as they handcraft French–style chocolate morsels. USA Today named the neighborhood establishment one of Seattle's foremost chocolatiers for its “old-fashioned… melt-in-your-mouth” creations, which include raspberry, cabernet, and mango-habanero truffles, as well as caramels with a sprinkle of sea salt harvested from one of the peninsula's naturally occurring saltshakers. Oh! Chocolate’s warm and inviting Madison Park location spreads cocoa-themed knowledge with a slate of classes in which small groups of students glean valuable information such as tempering methods and ideal placement atop a just-fluffed pillow.