At first, the Aztecs punished their enemies by pouring hot chocolate down their throats, until the proud warriors found out their foes actually liked it and promptly switched to molten gold. Relive the pleasure of those lucky few conquistadors with today's Groupon: for $12, you get a chocolate-making class and tour of the factory at Schakolad Chocolate Factory in Franklin (a $25 value). Classes begin at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday.
Upholding a legacy that began in 1969, the Schaked family's third generation continues to crafts unique chocolates, including vegan and kosher varieties. During each sweet soujourn, chocolatiers engage students with fun factoids about chocolate, covering health benefits and historical nuggets ranging from its discovery to its failed presidential campaign. Pupils participate in hands-on molding and decorating sessions, where nimble fingers deftly swipe fruits, marshmallows, and truffle centers beneath waterfalls gushing from milk, dark, or white chocolate fountains. All-knowing guides tow guests through the factory, where tourgoers sip Schako Latte, the chocolatier's signature hot-chocolate drink, and tote goodie bags brimming with their own hand-made chocolates and top-secret blueprints of nuclear reactors made of nougat.
Schakolad Chocolate Factory
Schakolad dates back to 1969 with experiences throughout Europe and South America. For the past 13 years, the family owned and operated Franklin location has served up European style chocolates as well as custom and engraved chocolates. The location specializes in wedding and event favors, hosts parties and events, and has chocolate fountains for rent.