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A Chocolate Course at Juniper and Rose – Giveaway #38

Giveaways | 22nd October 2013 | By

Photo courtesy of Juniper and Rose

Things aren’t what they used to be and when it comes to food, I reckon this is a good thing. Some of us are old enough to remember the dire state of British cuisine in the 1970s. During my childhood “real” chocolate wasn’t something that ever crossed my radar. Luckily Chantal Coady came to our rescue; she is the doyenne of chocolate in the UK, educating us all into the delights of the real deal. Us Brits now know there is more to chocolate than a slab of Dairy Milk, oh yes indeed. Her book, Real Chocolate, first published ten years ago in 2003, not only includes a host of mouth watering recipes, but gives the history of chocolate and promotes its many health benefits to boot. Chantal founded the Campaign for Real Chocolate, The Academy of Chocolate and co-founded The Chocolate Society and owns one of the best chocolatieries in London, Rococo – I think she could be described as a chocolate fan.

Astonishingly, I have never visited the shop, although I have tasted some of the chocolate. I thought I was highly adventurous when I first tried her rose chocolate many years ago and it remans one of my favourite chocolate bars – not that I get to eat it very often. Well, it seems I am fated to miss chocolate courses with Chantal. A couple of years ago I was booked on one of Chantal’s chocolate courses in Bath and I was really looking forward to it. Sadly it was cancelled and I never did get to attend. Last year, the ever enterprising Vanessa Kimbell invited a group of bloggers to visit the Rococo chocolate factory in South London, but I was unable to make it and was thwarted once again. I heard what a wonderful time everyone had; much chocolate was sampled and I tried very hard not to be envious.

Now, the very same Vanessa Kimbell has started her own cookery school at her home in Northamptonshire, Juniper and Rose. Do take a look at the website, you will be inspired. If I lived closer and had the money, I’d be tempted to attend all of Vanessa’s courses, they all sound so very interesting. From food photography, to sourdough to cheese making to how to set up your own home bakery, all class sizes are small to ensure participants get individual attention. Much of the food used is grown in Vanessa’s own organic garden, so this gets an extra thumbs up from me. To make a real occasion of it, you can stay overnight in Vanessa’s B&B.

On Friday 29th November, Chantal Coady is running a truffle workshop at Juniper and Rose – sounds brilliant. Attendees get to do some chocolate tasting, learn how to temper chocolate (my nemesis) and then make some fabulous sounding truffles to take home, including salted dark chocolate truffles, which immediately appealed to me. As if that wasn’t enough, a chocolate themed lunch is provided along with a glass of pink champagne. Things don’t get much better than this.

Vanessa has very generously offered up one place in the class worth £165 to one Chocolate Log Blog reader. You must be available to attend on the 29th November and get to the venue, on time. 
To be in with a chance of winning, please fill in the Rafflecopter below. You will need to leave a comment on this post which then gives you additional chances to enter if you so wish. Rafflecopter will pick a winner at random from the entries received. Please give me some way of identifying you in the comment section as I will be verifying the validity of entries and will always check back to the comments to ensure that part has been done. Any automated entries will be disqualified. This giveaway is only open to those with a UK postal address. You need to be 18 or over to enter. Winners will need to respond within 7 days of being contacted. Failure to do this may result in another winner being picked.
Prizes are offered and provided by Juniper and Rose and Chocolate Log Blog accepts no responsibility for the acts or defaults of said third party.
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Closing date is Friday 15 November 2013

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  1. mollycoddlescakes

    22nd October 2013 at 7:08 am

    A great giveway – thanks. I would love to know more about tempering as my chocolate truffles always end up being dull!

  2. Sue

    22nd October 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Oh wow, I was unable to attend Vanessa’s trip to the Rococo factory last year and read enviously of the fabulous time everyone had. The opportunity to have a chocolate class with a true master would be fantastic!

  3. Sue

    22nd October 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Forgot to say, I would love to learn more about truffles, getting that filling lovely and soft!

  4. bn100

    22nd October 2013 at 11:02 pm

    mixing in different liqueurs in chocolate

  5. Caroline

    23rd October 2013 at 12:42 pm

    In answer to your question – me!! Haha …. actually I want to learn how to properly temper chocolate, and how to add different flavours.

  6. kj19

    24th October 2013 at 11:14 am

    how to put together different flavours new and exciting flavours along with how to get shiny chocolate etc

  7. Jane Sarchet

    24th October 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Oooh yummy prize! I’d love to learn more about making rich, dark dairy free truffles.
    Janie x

  8. Nayna Kanabar

    24th October 2013 at 7:15 pm

    I would love to learn to mould chocolate, make chocolate cigars,make chocolate twirls.

  9. Tamsin

    24th October 2013 at 8:38 pm

    I’d like to learn to temper chocolate, I’ve never had the nerve to try in case I ruin it and waste good choc!

  10. David MuddyKitchenFloor

    24th October 2013 at 9:41 pm

    I would absolutely love to win this :-). David Whipps xx

  11. Louise Hart

    24th October 2013 at 10:30 pm

    how to temper chocolate and some decorative techniques

  12. LyndseyB

    25th October 2013 at 6:27 am

    I would love to know more in general about chocolate making I have never been successful from books!

  13. caroline hooper

    25th October 2013 at 6:35 am

    I would love to try a chocolate cake with chocolate covering it looks so yummy 🙂

  14. beccasbeautyblogging

    25th October 2013 at 10:48 am

    I would love to know how to use chocolate within main meals.

  15. Gill Bland

    25th October 2013 at 4:12 pm

    I would love to make a goats cheese ganache. I had it at Rococo once and it was incredible!

  16. katrina walsh

    25th October 2013 at 10:43 pm

    getting nuts to remain crunchy in the middle of chocolate sweets

  17. With Mustard

    26th October 2013 at 6:59 pm

    I’d love to know how to temper chocolate properly and infuse it with flavours. Rococo chocolates are superb -cardamom and saffron truffles are my favourite!

  18. Karen S Booth

    28th October 2013 at 10:40 am

    WOULD love to learn the basics really, such as tempering chocolate etc! LOVELY prize!

  19. ManjiriK

    28th October 2013 at 10:42 am

    how I would like to make chocolate truffles, loved the Juniper and Rose website and am a big fan of Rococo ! Fingers Crossed!

  20. Anna Maria

    2nd November 2013 at 2:15 pm

    I’d love to learn how to make proper, boozy truffles.

  21. Shazia Wahid

    5th November 2013 at 10:56 pm

    adding flavours and fillings to chocolates

  22. Solange

    6th November 2013 at 1:29 am

    How to temper chocolate

  23. Hotrod mum

    10th November 2013 at 5:19 pm


  24. lucy james

    10th November 2013 at 6:59 pm

    I am in Northamptonshire and myself and my son love truffles I would love to learn how to make them my favourite is buck fizz and I would love to learn everything about truffles

  25. Anonymous

    10th November 2013 at 10:50 pm

    David – how to make the perfect chocolate fondant

  26. tarcsafalvi

    11th November 2013 at 8:25 am

    how to make a chocolate fondant

  27. Tracey Gwynne

    12th November 2013 at 7:34 pm

    I would love to see fruit, especially orange covered in chocolate, or orange icing

  28. dawn thompson

    13th November 2013 at 8:58 am

    Id like to learn how to make a good selection of truffles particuarly milk or white choc ones!

  29. Anonymous

    13th November 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Marshmallows by Robby Price

  30. Anonymous

    13th November 2013 at 8:41 pm

    I would like to learn all about chocolate truffles and consistency of them


  31. Joe Lorena

    13th November 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Learn the basics of making chocolate, particularly adding interesting (preferably healthy) ingredients and flavours.

  32. connie richards

    14th November 2013 at 2:52 pm

    great competition, have started making my own chocolate and adding truffles to the list would be great

  33. nocona

    14th November 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Fruit to make me enjoy more of it and not feel so guilty eating too much chocolate haha!

  34. katherine321

    14th November 2013 at 6:57 pm

    I’d like to learn how to make all sorts of chocolate yummy things!

  35. nataleegosiewski

    14th November 2013 at 8:32 pm


  36. nbrad1234

    14th November 2013 at 9:17 pm

    I’d love to learn to make chocolate flowers and other design elements.

  37. Laura Vitty

    14th November 2013 at 11:23 pm

    I’d like to learn how to make rum truffles…. mmmmmmm rum truffles *drool*

  38. Jacqueline Roberts

    15th November 2013 at 8:37 am

    Right on my doorstep and love anything chocolate x

  39. the4ts

    15th November 2013 at 12:02 pm

    How to add alcohol, liqueurs and other flavours to truffles and how to make non-nut themed decorations or coverings

  40. Lian Hunt

    15th November 2013 at 12:03 pm

    I’d love to learn how to make rum truffles, or vodka truffles, or ooooooooh amaretto truffles mmmmm

  41. Anonymous

    15th November 2013 at 1:20 pm

    would love to temper chocolate. i can never get it right and would need a good guide on how to

  42. Wendy Tolhurst

    15th November 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Would love to be able to truffles that look uniform in style, rather than just end up with messy hands!

  43. The Naughty Wardrobe

    15th November 2013 at 8:19 pm

    I would love to see how to roll truffles and get the professional finish

  44. Hazel Markland

    15th November 2013 at 9:01 pm

    I know nothing about chocolate make just love chocolate lol would love to give it a go xx

  45. Jadey Walsh

    15th November 2013 at 10:44 pm

    How to put new and delicious flavours in chocolates 🙂


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